Todd Tobias got his start playing drums and bass guitar in several rock bands with brother Tim Tobias around the Akron/Cleveland, Ohio area during the late 1980’s and 1990s. On the side Todd made his own experimental instrumental music using a 4-track cassette recorder. In 2000, one of Todd’s cassettes reached Robert Pollard; long-time frontman of indie rock pioneers Guided by Voices (by way of brother Tim Tobias, who was then playing bass with GBV). Inspired by Todd’s cassette, along with his own desire to do a psychedelic rock project, Robert asked the Tobias brothers to join him in a new band called Circus Devils. Over the years many of Todd’s music experiments have appeared on Circus Devils albums. The Devils have released 14 albums in total.
In 2001 Todd produced his first album with Guided by Voices titled ‘Universal Truths and Cycles.’ Since then Todd has had a long-time working relationship with Robert Pollard, producing and performing on many of Robert’s solo albums. Todd is also a member of the duo Brother Earth with Steve Five (also of the Brooklyn, NY band The Library is on Fire).
In 2012, Todd released his first solo work titled ‘Medicine Show’ on Australia’s Hidden Shoal label, followed in 2013 by ‘I Razor’. ‘Impossible Cities’ was released 28 October 2014 through Tiny Room Records (world) and Hidden Shoal/Todd Tobias (USA/Canada). The album ‘Tristes Tropiques’ (along with the companion EP ‘Moorea’) saw the light of day on June 9th, 2015. The latest album Gila Man, a psychedelic sci-fi western, was released on October 18th, 2016.
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