It has been a tremendous year for Liverpool indie rock band Circa Waves. The release of second album Different Creatures was quickly followed with a sold out headlining tour and a massive gig at Glastonbury. With a fan base that is deeply devoted and energetic, it is no surprise that the band has found great success in their short years. Circa Waves took to the Institute, bringing with them crowd surfers and sweaty mosh pits.
After a double opening brought by INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, Circa Waves stormed the stage accompanied by ethereal music and a multi-layered media display. It was clear from the beginning that the boys have entered the big leagues of the music world; no longer are they playing to small clubs lugging their gear around, the lads are now full blown musicians with a production behind them that reveals the best and brightest pop stars. In an obliterating cacophony of lights and sounds song “Wake Up” filled the room. The pulsating indie rock song awakened the audience, who immediately threw up their hands in approval.
The dance party continued as Circa Waves played “Get Away,” “So Long,” and “Lost It.” With long instrumentals and tempo rocking beats each song built on the other, creating a tidal wave of sound and energy. The fans where going crazy; throwing bottles and shoes and any other item of clothing in pure adoration, a love letter to the band on stage. Then the mosh pit came with song “Goodbye.” A much needed breath came with “Young Chasers.” As lights flashed the tempo mellowed for a bit, the song being a punk light version of the others just performed. As the crowd sang and screamed along with the band their echoed a great dissonance of sound.
Upbeat song “Stuck” was the first tinge of a love song that graced the night. A type of song that explores the concept of love, the tune clearly resonated with the younger audience who themselves are in the midst of discovery. The somber “Out On My Own” brought about a slow paced emotional tune that is cinematic in its construction. The lull in energy did not last long as Circa Waves picked up the mood with pop rock punk hit “Stuck In My Teeth” and the title track from the newest record “Different Creatures.” Finally in a blaze the band ended with “A Night On The Broken Tiles” and “My Love.” The encore found vocalist Kieran playing an acoustic version of “Loves Run Out” before the band flooded back onto the stage. With emphatic energy bursts the band rolled through “Fire That Burns” and “Tshirt weather” to end the night.
Supported by the rowdy fans, Circa Waves put on a high energy extravaganza that made you wish you where a teenager again. Their music obviously resonates deeply with a younger audience, and yet the enthusiasm and liveliness of each song could make a fan out of anyone. No doubt the future is bright for Circa Waves as they travel throughout this headlining tour, amazing each audience with their brilliant music and high production level.
Reviewer: Kylie McCormick
Photographer: Adriana Vasile