The Invincible Czars are best known as the masters of silent horror film accompaniment from our years of touring the US and Canada with our original, tastefully modern scores… but that’s not how we got started!

We developed our own brand of weird, cinematic, instrumental music mixing an unconventional blend of orchestral and rock instruments in the clubs of Austin, TX starting around 2003.  We opened for bands like Secret Chiefs 3, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Melt Banana, etc. but our eclectic instrumentation and broad scope quickly led us to crossovers into the fine arts realm (starting with our Austin-tacious version of The Nutcracker Suite) and we eventually stopped performing in clubs altogether.

In 2007, we started accompanying silent films with our own tastefully modern, original live soundtracks at the first Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Austin.  We kept adding films and traveling farther and farther. In 2016, our soundtrack for Nosferatu struck a chord with horror and classic cinema fans nationwide and we’ve been focused primarily on silent horror film soundtracks ever since.  These shows are a lot of fun – we encourage audience participation and write music that helps contemporary audiences engage with these 100 year-old movies.

Now, we operate like combination rock band and chamber ensemble mixing strings, woodwinds and other orchestral instruments with drums, bass and guitar.  We still know how to rock but our shows are less raucous and we keep our shirts on… usually.

In 2023, we celebrated our 20th anniversary!

Do you like Primus, Frank Zappa, Devo, Danny Elfman, Mr. Bungle, Goblin, Tchaikovsky, Monty Python and Louis Armstrong?  If so, you might like what we’re doing!

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Nosferatu Updates Mondays on Kickstarter – FREE 

Nosferatu Updates Mondays on Kickstarter – FREE 

Josh has been posting updates to our Nosferatu soundtrack on our Kickstarter page each Monday - totally free!  You don't have to be a Kickstarter supporter to see and hear!  (Many thanks to those who contributed and made it possible!)

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“Waltz of the Flowers” Nutcracker Live 2011 in Austin

“Waltz of the Flowers” Nutcracker Live 2011 in Austin

I've been backing up files and finding cool stuff!  This was probably the best show we ever had at Central Market in Austin.  Great to see late keyboardist Bill Petersen!  This makes me want to bring the full-scale Nutcracker show back for 2022.  The last time we did...

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Found Footage From Fred’s Ft. Worth 2016!

Found Footage From Fred’s Ft. Worth 2016!

I was backing up all our old video files and found this GoPro footage of a really good holiday performance from DEC 2016 at Fred's Texas Cafe in Ft. Worth. This was the last year we performed a full-on Nutcracker holiday show (since then we've done holiday shows but...

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