Circa Survive

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Circa Survive
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Circa Survive playing at Bullmoose in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Alternative rock, post-hardcore, experimental rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, shoegaze
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Sumerian, Atlantic, Equal Vision
Associated acts Saosin, Psychic Babble, Flyermile, The Sound of Animals Fighting, This Day Forward, Taken
Website www.circasurvive.com
Members Anthony Green
Colin Frangicetto
Brendan Ekstrom
Nick Beard
Steve Clifford

Circa Survive is an American rock band from the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, formed in 2004. The band consists of former members from Saosin, This Day Forward, and Taken.

The band quickly made a name for themselves in the indie music scene in little over two years with their first album, Juturna, released on April 9, 2005, and second album, On Letting Go, released on May 29, 2007, both released on Equal Vision Records. Their third album, Blue Sky Noise, was released on April 20, 2010, on Atlantic Records to critical acclaim. After parting ways with Atlantic Records, their fourth album, Violent Waves, was released independently on August 28, 2012.[1] Their fifth album, Descensus, was released by Sumerian Records on November 24, 2014.

History[edit]

Formation (2004–2005)[edit]

After going back to his hometown of Philadelphia for a dentist appointment and to visit his girlfriend Meredith, Anthony Green went to the airport to return to California to work with the band Saosin, of which he was the lead singer. However, while on a layover in Phoenix, he suddenly had an epiphany – despite the fact that Saosin was close to success, he knew he would be miserable if he returned. When asked about his decision to leave home he said, "I left primarily because I didn't want to sign to a major label in that band." Green also said that another reason for leaving Saosin was because he was very homesick and missing his family.[2] Green returned to Colin Frangicetto, a friend with whom he had "jammed" during his stay, and they decided to begin recording and recruiting. Thus, Circa Survive was born.

Frangicetto and Green, with full support from Equal Vision Records, then recruited Brendan Ekstrom. Ekstrom had been Frangicetto's bandmate in This Day Forward, which had recently disbanded. Both Ekstrom and Frangicetto had toured with Taken during their This Day Forward days, and procured Nick Beard, the previous bass guitarist of Taken, as Circa Survive's next member. The band met Stephen Clifford through Vadim Taver of the band Marigold (and also from This Day Forward); "Steve jammed with us for a week and from there it was on," said Frangicetto.

The Inuit Sessions (2005)[edit]

Main article: The Inuit Sessions

Circa Survive's first release was the EP, The Inuit Sessions, on March 18, 2005. It contained four tracks: "Act Appalled", "Handshakes at Sunrise", "The Great Golden Baby", and "Suspending Disbelief".

Juturna (2005–2006)[edit]

Main article: Juturna (album)

Juturna, Circa Survive's first album, was released on April 29, 2005, in the United States and on January 31, 2006, in Japan on Equal Vision Records. It had been initially announced via the band's MySpace page in November 2004. Details as to its sound remained vague, although the band stated they would keep their fans posted via their website, MySpace page, PureVolume page, and YouTube page. Shortly before its official release, the album was posted on their MySpace page in its entirety. Juturna peaked at #183 on the Billboard 200.[3] The album was produced by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore.

The band drew inspiration for the album from House of Leaves and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. During an online Q&A session on April 20, 2010, Brendan dismissed the claim that Juturna was a concept album based on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but did say that there is an underlying concept. That concept is speculated by fans to be vaguely about human memories. "Oh, Hello" exemplifies this with its lyrics. The decision to call the album's bonus track that appears after "Meet Me In Montauk" and the silence that follows it at 8:56, "House of Leaves" was more or less a joint one by the band and their fans. Various members of the band have stated that they have read at least some portion of the book over the years since its 2000 release. Anthony Green has stated that "The Glorious Nosebleed" is about a woman jumping out of a burning building to her death so as to not be subject to a painful death by fire.

The album's sound is characterized by its prominent utilization of effects-laden, dual guitar melodies over polyrythmic percussion. The guitarists' approach to songwriting takes on characteristics of jazz and shoegaze music. The album has since gone on to be considered massively influential to the post-hardcore community. Members of the band have recently recognized King Crimson, Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor as influences on album's sound.

On Letting Go (2007–2008)[edit]

Main article: On Letting Go

On Letting Go is Circa Survive's second album. Released on May 29, 2007, by Equal Vision Records, the album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at #24,[4] selling about 24,000 copies in its first week. Up to July 11, 2007, it had sold 51,357 copies in the U.S. alone.

As with previous albums, Esao Andrews designed the artwork and Brian McTernan produced the album. The band's sound did not radically change with this release. It was still polished and refined, with guitars and drums much tighter (but still meandering when needed to) and bass more prominent. Lyrically, the band "...evokes an era when hazy lyricism and reckless introspection were prerequisites for legitimacy and timelessness."[5]

In spring 2008, Circa Survive released an On Letting Go B-side, "1,000 Witnesses", to fans through the charity Invisible Children in an effort to raise money for the cause. In June 2008, they also released the B-side "The Most Dangerous Commercials" as a charity download to help support the relocation of local music shop Siren Records, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Blue Sky Noise and Appendage (2008–2010)[edit]

Main article: Blue Sky Noise

After supporting Thrice and Pelican for their spring 2008 tour, Circa Survive returned to Philadelphia to write for the then-untitled third album. A short leg of shows in the Eastern U.S. occurred in late 2008 and four shows were played in Southern California in February 2009. After that, the band did not tour again until the tentatively planned headlining tour for their forthcoming third album. They posted videos on their websites showing snips of the creation and recording of the album.[6][7] Anthony Green's growth as a guitarist played a major role on Blue Sky Noise, which the band framed as an entirely "new chapter". [6][8]

The band posted an update in the form of a video on their website, with lead singer Anthony Green thanking fans for all their patience. He also said to check within the coming weeks to find out when they would be recording and who they would be recording with. On August 3, Circa Survive stated that they had begun recording their third album in Toronto and had chosen David Bottrill as producer. They also stated, "After completing our contract with Equal Vision we embarked on a long search to find our next home. We met with lots of labels and decided that Atlantic Records is the best place for us to continue our growth as a band and to help us release our music around the world."

Circa Survive on tour supporting Blue Sky Noise November 24, 2010

On Twitter, they stated that they would be recording 16 songs, but that they would not all be on the album. However, they said they would release them all somehow.[9] They posted eight video updates showing some song teases.[10] Studio recording was completed at the end of October 2009 and mixing was completed on February 1, 2010 by Rich Costey.

On February 16, 2010, they announced their new album would be titled Blue Sky Noise, and would be released on April 20, 2010. The album could be pre-purchased, and those who did so received a digital copy of the album a week early, and the first single, "Get Out", instantly. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 at #11.

On October 18, 2010, Myspace Transmissions released a live EP of the band playing five tracks from Blue Sky Noise as well as a cover of the Nirvana song, "Scentless Apprentice".

Circa Survive's second EP, Appendage, was released on November 30, 2010. It contains five tracks: "Sleep Underground" (Demo), "Stare Like You'll Stay", "Everyway", "Backmask" and "Lazarus".

Violent Waves (2012–2014)[edit]

Main article: Violent Waves

On April 16, 2012, Circa Survive began recording their fourth record. On March 5, 2012, Absolute Punk stated it would be titled "Violent Waves".[11] The next day, the band's Twitter page stated that "Violent Waves" was the correct title. "Violent Waves is absolutely new album title. Denials are all a smokescreen to toy with dick bags in the press."[12] This was then reported as inaccurate by Anthony and Brendan on Twitter. Anthony said, "not the real name. Sorry<3".[13] Brendan responded on 3/8/2012 with, "We have not named the record yet. We haven't even started recording. U know? That's a bit like naming a baby before you know what it'll be. We love to see you all excited by these rumors that other people start because it means you care about what's happening with the band. But don't believe anything til you're holding the record in your hands and peeping the title and even then it still might be a fake name -B".[14][15][16]

On June 25, 2012, Circa launched the Violent Waves Pre-Order webpage, officially announcing the album's title and release date, August 28, 2012, along with a new song titled "Suitcase". The band also confirmed that the album would be self-released.[17]

On March 3, 2014, it was announced via Pitchfork that Circa Survive would be releasing a 7-inch vinyl record split with the band Sunny Day Real Estate for Record Store Day 2014 (April 19th). The split features "Lipton Witch" by Sunny Day Real Estate - their first new song in 14 years - and "Bad Heart" by Circa Survive, a b-side that was recorded after the release of 2012's "Violent Waves" album.[18]

Descensus (2014–present)[edit]

In mid April 2014, Circa Survive once again entered Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA to record their fifth album with producer/engineer Will Yip. They recorded 11 songs during the sessions and concluded recording by the end of May. On May 19th, 2014 during a Saosin interview at Skate and Surf, Anthony Green stated that Circa Survive "have a new record coming out, hopefully in the fall, I mean I fucking shouldn't even say that, probably".[19]

On August 15, 2014, the band announced their signing to Sumerian Records for the release of the fifth album and also a reissue of their fourth album Violent Waves. [20] In an Alternative Press interview published in August 2014, Green said, "Well, the next Circa record is done. We’re in the final process of getting the final mixes right now." "It’s definitely the most aggressive Circa record we’ve ever made. It’s the first record of ours I’ve been able to listen to front to back without having that song that I’m like, 'Yeah, I could’ve done better here.' Every song has this moment in it that makes me feel ridiculous. I feel like I just outdid myself. I feel like we did better than we did before." [21]

The album, entitled Descensus is slated for release on November 24, 2014. The album art was once again made by Esao Andrews. On October 27, 2014, the band released the first single and music video from Descensus titled "Schema". The second single "Only the Sun" was shown on November 5, 2014. Its video features visuals used in the tour for the album with Title Fight, Tera Melos and Pianos Become the Teeth.

Influences[edit]

Circa Survive draw a lot of influences from various soft rock, post-hardcore, experimental rock, progressive rock, art rock, pop bands and among other artists alike. According to Anthony Green, they have been influenced by Paul Simon, dredg, Björk, etc. [22]

Band members[edit]

Current members

Touring and performing[edit]

Circa Survive has toured on several occasions, including national tours within the United States. They toured in winter 2005 with My Chemical Romance and Thrice. That summer they co-headlined a tour. Circa Survive has also opened for Mutemath, Mae and Dredg on each of their headlining tours. Circa Survive played The Bamboozle festival in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 in New Jersey.[23] They also played a few dates on The Vans Warped Tour in 2005. In early 2006, they embarked on a tour of Europe with Coheed and Cambria and Thrice, after having previously completed a tour in September 2005 with Motion City Soundtrack. They also toured with Saves The Day, Moneen and Pistolita. In summer 2006, they embarked on their first headlining tour, The Twilight Army Tour, with The Receiving End of Sirens, Days Away, Portugal. The Man, YouInSeries and Keating. Then in fall 2006, they went on tour with Thursday, Rise Against and Billy Talent. The band also played on the Rockstar Alternative Press Tour headlining with Cute Is What We Aim For, and with supporting acts As Tall As Lions and Envy on the Coast.

In April 2007, Circa Survive played at the Coachella arts and music festival in Indio, California. In summer 2007, the band played the entire Vans Warped Tour alongside bands such as Coheed and Cambria, The Used, Anberlin and Bad Religion. Circa Survive opened for My Chemical Romance's 2007 shows in Worcester and Australian and New Zealand shows as well. Circa Survive opened as the main support for Thirty Seconds to Mars September 14, 2007, at the Brixton Academy. Circa Survive completed touring with Ours, Fear Before, with Dear and the Headlights and The Dear Hunter in November, 2007. On New Year's Eve 2007 they had a coming home show with Thursday and The Gaslight Anthem played at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band is in the Kerrang! 2008 Tour with Madina Lake, Coheed and Cambria and Fightstar. It was announced on January 24, 2008, that Circa Survive would be going on a spring 2008 tour with Thrice and Pelican.[24]

Circa Survive is known to add humor and props to their live concerts. Anthony Green frequently wears dresses to outdoor music festivals, most notably The Bamboozle in 2006 and The Vans Warped Tour[25] in 2007. On their summer 2006 Twilight Army Tour, the band threw glowing fluorescent beach balls into the crowd.[26] The band's on Letting Go tour included a silent film projected above the band.[27]

In 2010, after mixing for Blue Sky Noise was completed in February, Circa Survive began performing shows in the midwest United States in March, often accompanied by Good Old War and The Christmas Lights. The band performed at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, from March 18 to 24. They also performed in Anaheim at the Hoodwink Festival on March 26 and at The Bamboozle on March 27. One month later, following the release of Blue Sky Noise on April 20, Circa Survive embarked on an extended tour with Coheed and Cambria and Torche, beginning in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 22 and ending on May 29 in Atlantic City. On June 19, 2010, Circa Survive performed at Santa Monica Beach at the Pac Sun Beach Ballyhoo event, which was shut down early due to overcrowding before the band could perform their last two songs. After an eleven-day U.S. west coast tour in late July, Circa Survive embarked on a September European tour with Middle Class Rut, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, on September 6 and ending in Nottingham, England, on September 18. Their show in London on September 15 was streamed live over the Internet and attracted more than 43,000 viewers online.[28]

They then went on their U.S. Blue Sky Noise tour with Animals as Leaders, Dredg and Codeseven. The tour began on October 15, 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut, and concluded on December 13 in Bakersfield, California. They begin touring with Anberlin and Foxy Shazam in January 2011. On February 17, 2011, Circa Survive performed with Timeout Jimmy at the Rutgers Student Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. They also opened for Linkin Park during the A Thousand Suns Tour for their shows in Dallas and Houston, Texas.

Circa Survive toured with My Chemical Romance as their opening act along with Architects. Both bands opened for My Chemical Romance for the North American leg of The World Contamination Tour.

Circa Survive went on their Violent Waves tour, which began on September 13, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut, and ended on October 27, 2012 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Balance and Composure, O'Brother, and Touché Amoré went along as their opening acts. They had 33 shows for this tour. After 6, they played in Atlanta, Georgia for the Nervous Energies Session. They then continued the Violent Waves tour. They had 2 Record Release shows for the new album, both in August.

In April 2013, Circa Survive toured Malaysia, Singapore and the Pulp Summer Slam XIII "Til Death Do Us Part" rock festival in Manila, Philippines, on April 27, 2013. The Manila concert featured Circa Survive along with Dragonforce, Amoral, Cannibal Corpse, Coheed and Cambria, As I Lay Dying, A Skylit Drive and 4 local Filipino bands. On April 26, 2013 Circa Survive attended a press conference with Dragonforce and Amoral to promote the Manila rock festival.[29][30]

Circa Survive recently announced that they will be co-headlining with Minus the Bear, along with opening act Now, Now, in the "Waves Overhead" tour. This tour begins March 6, 2013, and ends March 30, 2013.

On October 16, 2013, Circa Survive announced a special end-of-the-year show on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.[31] The band will be "playing an extended set of favorites from all of our albums, along with a few rarities and special guests" and will be filming the show for release in 2014. The show was released on DVD included with the Violent Waves reissue released by Sumerian Records on September 9, 2014.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Title Label U.S. Charts
2005 Juturna Equal Vision Records #183
2007 On Letting Go #24
2010 Blue Sky Noise Atlantic Records #11
2012 Violent Waves #15
2014 Descensus Sumerian Records #50

EPs[edit]

Year Title Label
2005 The Inuit Sessions Equal Vision Records
2010 B-Sides Equal Vision Records
2010 Appendage Atlantic Records

Live Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2014 Live from the Shrine Sumerian Records

Split Releases[edit]

Year Title Label
2014 Sunny Day Real Estate / Circa Survive Split 7" Self-released

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2005 "Act Appalled" The Inuit Sessions
2006 "Act Appalled" Juturna
"In Fear and Faith"
2007 "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose" On Letting Go
2010 "Get Out" Blue Sky Noise
"Imaginary Enemy"
"I Felt Free"
2012 "Suitcase" Violent Waves
"Sharp Practice"
2014 "Schema" Descensus

Compilation tracks[edit]

  • Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler – 2004 (2004) – "Handshakes at Sunrise"
  • Equal Vision Records Winter Sampler – 2004 (2004) – "Handshakes at Sunrise" (Alt. Version)
  • Equal Vision Records Presents New Sounds Vol. 2 – 2005 (2005) – "Act Appalled", "The Great Golden Baby"
  • Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2005 (2005) – "The Great Golden Baby"
  • Equal Vision Records Spring Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2006 (2006) – "Act Appalled"
  • Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2007 (2007) – "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose"
  • Hurricane Sandy Benefit EP (2012) – "Battle, My Love"
  • In Utero, in Tribute, in Entirety (2014) – "Scentless Apprentice" (originally by Nirvana)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Act Appalled" (live montage) (2005) from Juturna
  • "Act Appalled" (2006) from Juturna
  • "In Fear And Faith" (live montage) (2006) from Juturna
  • "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose" (2007) from On Letting Go
  • "Get Out" (Live Montage) (2010) from Blue Sky Noise
  • "Imaginary Enemy" (2010) from Blue Sky Noise
  • "Suitcase" (2012) from Violent Waves
  • "Sharp Practice" (2012) from Violent Waves
  • "Schema" (2014) from Descensus

Equipment[edit]

Guitar Rig & Signal Flow[edit]

  • Brendan Ekstrom plays Melancon hand made guitars which are located near New Orleans U.S.A.[30]
  • A detailed gear diagram of Brendan Ekstrom's 2011 Circa Survive guitar rig is well-documented.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facebook post stating release date https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=10061852&l=bc529e5eb4&id=7196217790
  2. ^ Interview with Anthony Green at MPLS Scene Blog http://mplssceneinterviews.blogspot.com/2006/12/anthony-green-interview.html
  3. ^ Billboard Chart http://www.billboard.com/artist/299346/circa+survive/chart
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299346/circa+survive/chart
  5. ^ "10 Essential Albums of 2007", Alternative Press, issue #235 (p. 128), February 2008 [1]
  6. ^ a b Blog updates by band members, http://circasurvive.com/creation/
  7. ^ Circa Survive's MySpace Blog
  8. ^ Alternative Press Issue #242, September 2008
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/circasurvive/status/3216566867
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/user/circasurvive
  11. ^ "http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2656872". 
  12. ^ "https://twitter.com/#%21/circasurvive/status/177152538448105473". 
  13. ^ "https://twitter.com/#!/AnthonyGreen/status/177127768591581184". 
  14. ^ "https://twitter.com/#!/circasurvive/status/177821247323897856". 
  15. ^ "https://twitter.com/#!/circasurvive/status/177820834000404480". 
  16. ^ "https://twitter.com/#!/circasurvive/status/177821736899850240". 
  17. ^ "http://circasurvive.com/". 
  18. ^ Sunny Day Real Estate to Release "Lipton Witch", First New Song Since 2000, on Circa Survive Split http://pitchfork.com/news/54177-sunny-day-real-estate-to-release-lipton-witch-first-new-song-since-2000-on-circa-survive-split/
  19. ^ "http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/saosin_and_anthony_green_talk_reunion_future_plans_more/". 
  20. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/circa_survive_sign_with_sumerian_records_for_deluxe_violent_waves
  21. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/anthony_green_circa_survive_interview_new_album_2014
  22. ^ Last.fm. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Sun. 23 Mar. 2014. <http://www.last.fm/music/Circa+Survive>.
  23. ^ // The Bamboozle \\
  24. ^ THRICE | The Alchemy Index » Blog Archive » NEW NEWS. SPRING TOUR. VOLUMES 3 & 4. STUFF
  25. ^ // AP: Warped Tour 2007 \\
  26. ^ Punk Music Concert Review featuring CIRCA SURVIVE'S "Twilight Army Tour" with THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS and PORTUGAL THE MAN and THE KEATING at The House of Blues in San Diego
  27. ^ Circa Survive 11/23 @ Royal Oak Music theatre – NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips
  28. ^ http://www.ustream.tv/circasurvive
  29. ^ "Circa Survive Press Conference in Manila, Philippines". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Brendan Ekstrom Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Circa Survive : Special Los Angeles show December 28". CircaSurvive.com. CircaSurvive.com. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  32. ^ Cooper, Adam (March 12, 2011). "Brendan Ekstrom's 2011 Circa Survive Guitar Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.

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