Circa Survive Announce North American Headlining Tour
Supported by Foxing, Hail The Sun
New Album The Amulet Out Now
via Hopeless Records
photographer credit: Hayley Rippy
Circa Survive had a huge 2017, releasing their adventurous sixth full length, The Amulet, via Hopeless Records, and stretching their brand of intricately appealing post-hardcore into intense new territory. Now the band are hitting the ground running in 2018 with a North American headlining tour featuring support from Foxing and Hail The Sun. VIP tickets are available now, with general tickets on sale Friday, January 26th.
Listen to The Amulet via Spotify
The Amulet finds Circa Survive continuing to push their unconventional sound, proving exactly why they’re still one of alternative’s most exhilarating bands. The album is unapologetically ambitious with its intricate guitars, growling bass, and explosive drumming, all permeated by Anthony Green’s singularly dynamic voice.
Lyrically The Amulet is fueled by an inextricable combination of the personal and political. Green explores the idea of seeking comfort in unhealthy places and the desperate need to seek the truth even when it’s challenging, applying this sentiment to his personal life just as pointedly as to the current uneasy zeitgeist, capturing the sense of fear and discontent that permeates our current social and political climates.
03/23 Providence, RI @ The Strand
03/24 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
03/25 Portland, ME @ Aura
03/27 Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
03/28 London, ON @ London Music Hall
03/30 GrandRapids, MI @ The Intersection
03/31 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom
04/01 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
04/03 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
04/06 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
04/07 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
04/08 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona
04/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/12 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
04/13 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
04/14 New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
04/16 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
04/17 Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
04/18 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
04/20 Stroudsberg, PA Sherman Theater
04/21 Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
04/22 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
All dates w/ Foxing, Hail The Sun
Modern bands often seem faced with the choice between being challenging and being accessible. These ideas tend to be presented as opposite poles, two irreconcilable objectives that cannot co-exist without one taking precedence over the other. The time where unabashedly unconventional bands could engage the masses has long since past and those heavyweights have been relegated to the shelves of “classic rock,” with high concepts and grandeur replaced by irony and painful self-awareness. But for Circa Survive there exists another option, one where huge ideas and unbridled imagination can commingle with nuance and vulnerability. In their world, this dichotomy is not only achievable, it’s essential, and it fuels the band’s dauntless sixth full-length, The Amulet.
From the release of their 2005 debut, Juturna, to their 2010 major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with, Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. The word “progressive” is often used to describe their sound, and while this term doesn’t really do justice to the band’s distinct identity, it does conjure the scope and ambition of those iconic bands from decades ago, the ones that managed to capture the attention of mainstream audiences without sacrificing their esoteric tendencies. On The Amulet, Circa Survive continues this legacy, but filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots. Drawing on the raw power of punk and post-hardcore, the earnestness of emotional alternative, and the unrestrained experimentation of art rock, the band effortlessly creates a sound that can be compared to very few, but appeal to many. The Amulet‘s mix of intricate guitars, muscular bass, and interlocking drums creates a dynamic foundation for vocalist Anthony Green’s unparalleled voice; however, the magic of Circa Survive isn’t just technical skill, it’s an ability to blend that technicality with undeniable sense of melody and hooks. It’s this focus on uncompromising yet satisfying songwriting that compels listeners, no matter their genre-of-choice.
Circa Survive’s sonic palette isn’t the only thing with which the band fearlessly experiments. The band’s use of overarching lyrical concepts from album to album has become just as pivotal to their identity. For Green, no idea is too big or too small, and everything can be explored with the same mix of wonderment, dark fascination, harrowing honesty, and hope. The Amulet pushes this approach to a demanding new level as Green examines parallels between the world ending, our chaotic social and political climate, and the very intimate strain of personal upheavals. A loss of innocence ties these drastically different threads together: a sense that certain events can irreparably change our perspectives and make it impossible to view our world, our governments, or our personal lives through the same rose colored glasses. Although many of the album’s themes are dark and formidable, there is a sense of hopefulness that shines through The Amulet. Death is tied to birth, unrest is tied to revolution, emotional pain is tied to personal growth, and the only way to reach catharsis is to first lean into the storm. The Amulet is meant to be a tangible manifestation of that catharsis, the kind of relief that comes from accepting the pain of loss—personal, socio-political, and cosmic—and moving forward. These themes even apply to the band itself with Green saying, “the way the band was when it started is dead and this record feels like a bit of a rebirth in a lot of ways. Time has just weathered us, we got through the hard times and came out the other end, and I feel like this is the pinnacle of the band personally and creatively. It’s the most clear and concise version of what we are.”
After 13 years as a band, Circa Survive are no strangers to pushing sonic and lyrical boundaries, yet The Amulet still finds the band diving even farther into the deep end, pushing themselves to create brand new sounds, and taking on ideas that stretch from the universal to the most personal. In a musical landscape that seems predisposed towards instant gratification, Circa Survive may appear to be made from a mold that no longer exists, but fitting with modern bands or icons of the past has never been their goal. Circa Survive dares to ask more of themselves and their listeners—old and new—and in return they offer a soundtrack for the bold, the sincere, and the inquisitive.