Phew, is it getting hot in here?! Or is that just Circa Waves delivering another slice of ‘sizzling’ guitar-pop. ‘Fire That Burns’ the latest single teased from the Merseyside indie-rock quartet’s ‘hotly’ anticipated sophomore album, ‘Different Creatures’, may not match the limitless aural-assault of ‘Wake Up’, released last November, but it makes up for it with a ridiculously chantable chorus and addictive melody. As Dork have admitted, in typically cringeworthy fashion it’s “Like a flame emoji in sonic form”, a “fanatic hug” in comparison to the gut-punch of its predecessor as frontman Kieran Shudall placed it.
The track was premiered as MistaJam’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1 last night, and we were all lucky enough to be treated to 2-spins and a brief interview with Kieran surrounding the makings of the album, its themes and influences…all in the space of 10 minutes!
On first listen, you’d be fooled into thinking you’ve stumbled upon an unheard Royal Blood B-side, as dirty lashes of grunge-guitar bombard you, however they soon give way to something a little more melodic; sparse chimes and tumbling percussion. ‘Fire That Burns’ bears a chorus that is unapologetically Circa Waves. “you call me a liar, you call me so innocent, but you lit the fire, the fire that burns…” holler’s Kieran, a call so tantalizing you can’t help but yell along.
The wide-eyed naivety of ‘Young Chasers’ has now been replaced with something darker, brooding, primal even, It’s a certain change of direction, but it retains the bands unmistakable love of a song brimming with clever pop-hooks and pacy guitars.
When questioned afterwards about the record and particularly the choice of title, Kieran decided to avert the obvious answer, that is the evolution of the band and style (which there definitely is) and proposed something more provoking. “A lot of the songs come from the Syrian refugee crisis, and how bizarre it all was…” he states; it’s challenging stereotypes, I mean, are we really all that different? “Bad times breed great artistry” utters Kieran rather poetically, and what with protest-songs from the likes of Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and Father John Misty cropping up in the wake of America’s darkest day, more than ever, music stands as a statement. If, like Circa Waves, you can meld the message into a party-anthem, then what could really be better…
To mark the release of ‘Different Creatures’ on March 10th, the four-piece are setting off on a massive run of UK headline shows, with HUGE support from Brighton slackers The Magic Gang, and grunge-gazers INHEAVEN, you can catch the full list of dates below and if you’re very lucky you might catch them steal the main support slot for Two Door Cinema Club’s Ally Pally spectacular. I’ve also left a Spotify link to ‘Fire That Burns’ below:
(P.S please ignore my terrible fire-related puns, who can’t resist a dad joke)
Circa Waves, March/April 2017 tour dates:
18th March, Sheffield, O2 Academy
20th March, Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
21st March, Newcastle, Newcastle University
23rd March, Manchester, Manchester Academy
24th March, Liverpool, Montford Hall (Liverpool University Guild of Students)
25th March, Oxford, O2 Academy
27th March, Bristol O2 Academy
28th March, Nottingham, Rock City
30th March, Birmingham, O2 Institute
31st March, London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
3rd April, Norwich, UEA
4th April, Cambridge, The Junction
Words by Joe Bulger
Featured image courtesy of Elliot Morgan for Spindle Magazine