"AUSTIN'S EMPERORS OF ECLECTICISM"
We make cinematic, experimental "rock" for music nerds, horror fans, film lovers, followers of science fiction and fact, comics, cartoons & humor and anyone with a complicated relationship with heavy metal and classical music. Do you like Primus, Tchaikovsky, Frank Zappa, Steve Martin, Louis Armstrong, Danny Elfman, Ween, Monty Python and Mr. Bungle? We do, too, and our revolving door of players keeps us sounding and looking different from project to project.
In fall 2022, we'll embark on a two-month Nosferatu Centennial Tour all over the US and Canada in conjunction with the release of our updated soundtrack!
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We started making weird rock music at clubs in 2003 but our wide scope of styles, cinematic flare and and mix of modern and classical instruments led to bigger projects in the arts realm:
We've composed 9 tastefully modern soundtracks for silent films and performed live with the movies all over the US and Canada. We create custom artwork, incorporate audience participation into our shows. The Alamo Drafthouse called us one of the best silent film orchestras in the nation and many arthouse cinemas and film festivals have echoed that. Aw, shucks!
Our whimsical re-imagining of The Nutcracker Suite became a holiday tradition when we debuted it in 2004. We added wacky versions of holiday numbers over the years and played all over our region. In recent years we've become the band at Panoramic Voices' annual Holiday Mixtape.
* SILENT MOVIE POSTERS ARE 8.5" x 26" *
DR. CALIGARI COLLECTION
Movie w/ soudntrack plus art, sheet, music, mp3s and tour pics. Includes digital download. Bamboo for less plastic in the world!
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA COLLECTION
DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE COLLECTION
DONATE Nosferatu Centennial Tour
We've put everything on our site on sale to raise money for our Nosferatu Centennial Tour. We were already looking at some unexpectedly high inflation, increased fuel and food expenses and need for a lot of masks and Covid tests. Thank you for pitching in to help keep the show on the road --- literally!
LIMITED EDITION POSTERS
Only two left. This screen-printed poster was for a show on our 2005 Gods of Convenience tour that was so poorly attended we didn't even play. Even weirder, the venue went to the trouble of having these made and didn't put them up until the day of the show. It's a lovely memento of a not so amazing summer night in 2005 near Cincinnati, OH.
DaVinci After Dark
Only 2 left. Screen-printed. We played our score for "The Unknown" as the movie was projected onto a wall in the second most wide-open, cacophonous room we've ever played. Chatter from attendees was louder than us. It was one of our highest paying gigs at the time. We also got a bunch of free dinosaur masks!
Choose white or "natural". Each one is screen-printed, signed and numbered by the artist. She contacted us only a few weeks before this show offering to make posters for it but we'd already chosen Hans Rickheit's alien face art for this show poster. That didn't stop her. She made this art and dropped off the posters at Josh's house. We never met
Choose white or "natural". Each one is screen-printed, signed and numbered by the artist. She contacted us only a few weeks before this show offering to make posters for it but we'd already chosen Hans Rickheit's alien face art for this show poster. That didn't stop her. She made this art and dropped off the posters at Josh's house. We never met her. Only a few left of each color.
Nosferatu Chicago 2016
Only 4 left. These were from our first and last performance at the Athenaeum in Chicago. They held a blood drive which was a GREAT idea. Unfortunately, they also had a dreadfully boring silent film expert speak before we played and he put everyone to sleep. Rock on, Chicago!