Tub Ring is a Chicago-based band formed in 1992 by Jason Fields, Kevin Gibson, Chris “Mouse” Blake, and Geoff Valker. After the passing of their manager, Lee Swanson in 1994, the band lineup changed and took form with the addition of keyboardist Rob Kleiner. Kleiner spent his teenage years following around the band Mr. Bungle. With Kleiner added to the band, Tub Ring adopted a similar sound to that 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 album, Drake Equation (2001), which these two songs belong to.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tub Ring associated with the bands Dog Fashion Disco and Mindless Self Indulgence. 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. On August 31, 2010, Tub ring released their fifth studio album, Secret Handshakes.
On October 31, 2016 an announcement was made on the Tub Ring Facebook page that they would be releasing a best of album and a brand new EP in May 2017 backed by a Kickstarter campaign. On November 2, the Kickstarter goal had been reached, and the band later confirmed that they would release a new full-length album instead of an EP. The album, titled A Choice of Catastrophes, was released on September 8, 2017.