|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
Punk rock (early)
The End Records
|Associated acts||3-2-1 Activate!
Super 8-bit Brothers
Mindless Self Indulgence
Tub Ring formed in 1992 as a high school punk band. The band really took form with addition of keyboard player Rob Kleiner, who spent his teenage years following around the band Mr. Bungle. With Kleiner added to the band, Tub Ring adopted the similar sounds of Mr. Bungle. Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance took note of Kleiner's passion and creativity and ended up producing their first official full-length. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tub Ring associated with Dog Fashion Disco and Mindless Self Indulgence. For example, Rob Kleiner filled in for Mindless Self Indulgence's injured guitarist, Steve, Righ?, on the road in 2004 and 2005. On December 10, 2005, Tub Ring came in second place during MTV2's "Dew Circuit Breakout" competition. Tub Ring performed two songs throughout the competition including "Future Was Free" as well as a cover of Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body". On October 17, 2006, it was announced on experimental metal/rock record label The End Records's official website that the band had signed with them. The band released their album, The Great Filter in May 2007.
The band have toured relentlessly over the years and have shared the stage with acts such as: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Birthday Massacre, Screaming Mechanical Brain, Foxy Shazam, Clutch, Southcott, Mindless Self Indulgence, Dog Fashion Disco, Framing Hanley, Black Light Burns, Horse the Band, Plain White T's, Kill Hannah, Wesley Willis, and more.
Tub Ring are also known for their stage shows, purportedly intense and energetic enough to result in injury to the performers (for example, incorporating a tazer.)
In January 2008, the band was invited to perform at the Sundance Film Festival as part of a Green Initiative sponsored event.
On a tour in 2008, Darren Keen played second guitar, for an impromptu set with Tub Ring in Houston, Texas. Later that year, while on tour with Mindless Self Indulgence, the band recruited Curtis Rx of Creature Feature to also play second guitar for a select portion of dates.
- Super 8-Bit Brothers
- 3-2-1 Activate!
- Edison's Arm
- The Pastries
- Deli Meat and the French Eroticas
Rob Kleiner solo
In 2005, Rob Kleiner released his first solo album, No Eyes. On February 13, 2007, he released his second, and latest solo EP, Doctor Sleep. He is also a part of video game rock duo Super 8 Bit Brothers. In addition to his solo work, he's one of the main contributing members of Edison's Arm, and has scored several films, including Ending The Eternal, the feature documentary Working Class Rock Star, and Steve Balderson's Watch Out.
- Stupid Pet Tricks (1992)
- Music for the Bathroom (1993)
- ...And the Mashed Potato Mountain Etiquette (1995)
- Super Sci-Fi Samurai Rockstar Ultra Turbo II (ver3.6) (1997)
- Drake Equation (June 12, 2001)
- Book of Water (December 5, 2001)
- Fermi Paradox (October 15, 2002)
- Zoo Hypothesis (August 17, 2004)
- The Great Filter (May 1, 2007)
- Secret Handshakes (August 31, 2010)
- Optics and Sonics (September 13, 2005)