Doylestown post-hardcore act Circa Surive are currently on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of On Letting Go, their sophomore record. It included a stop at The Fillmore last week with Turnover and mewithoutYou. Now, they’ve shared a new pair of b-sides on their Bandcamp page, “1000 Witnesses” and “The Most Dangerous Commercials.”
If you’ve been a fan of Circa Survive up to now, neither of these songs should come as too much of a surprise — which is to say, they’re big and bold, the arrangements are winding and the dramatic, the vocals soar, and the drums pummel you like a machine gun. You can stream both tracks below. Continue reading →
Over the past couple years, Robotic Empire has made their way backwards through Nirvana‘s short but dense catalog of music by releasing tribute compilations of their entire albums. Their next undertaking will be the grunge pioneers’ first LP, Bleach, and they’ve enlisted Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and many more to cover songs from the album.
Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach will also feature bands such as Defeater, Basement, Daughters, Young Widows, and many more. Robotic Empire also released the first single from the compilation, Circa Survive’s cover of a cover of “Love Buzz.” Anthony Green and crew remain faithful to the original while at the same time beefing up the instrumentation and adding extra noise to the mix.
The tribute compilation, which also features Beach Slang covering the classic “About A Girl”, will be released for Record Store Day on April 16th. Continue reading →
The End of America, a folk-rock band from Philadelphia, recently started a video cover series called “The Decade Sessions.” Each month, the trio records a cover of a 10-year-old song that has influenced them personally as well as their music. This month, the band covers “Act Appalled” by Philly’s own Circa Survive. The video features two microphones in the middle of the room surrounded by the band, who powerfully play two guitars and a banjo to create a unique, folk-infused cover of the iconic song. Maybe even more impressively, the band uses harmonies to make the acoustic cover feel big and dynamic. Continue reading →
Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →
Red Bull Sound Select has teamed up with JUMP Philly to bring one heck of a party to Underground Arts July 16th. Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green will be headlining, and will be accompanied by Boom Forest, Cruisr, and West Philly shredders Mannequin Pussy. Tickets are only $3 if you RSPV here in advance so you better jump on it. Check out music from the artists on the bill below. Continue reading →
Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →
Circa Survive lead vocalist Anthony Green just released his third solo album, Young Legs. This week, Green is being featured in our Unlocked series on The Key. In her review of the album, Beth Ann Downey calls Young Legs “mature, piano-driven rock music with unexpected influences throughout, showing that Green is more than just the Circa Survive frontman, the punk rock artist, the husband, the dad, and definitely, more than just the guy with a guitar.” The album is thick with dramatic, colorful sounds, sophisticated rhythms, taut melodies, with touches of psychedelia and Green’s voice wrapped in warm reverb and soaring harmonies, especially on songs like “100 Steps,” and “Anytime.” The Doylestown native musician plays Union Transfer on Saturday, December 14th, with members of his band including Circa Survive’s Brendan Ekstrom and Good Old War.
You can get a download of “I’ll Miss You” from Anthony’s album in our Unlocked feature here. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download “Breaker.”
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Up until now, Anthony Green’s solo records have been seemingly autobiographical.
The release of 2008’s debut Avalon, featuring tell-all tracks like “She Loves Me So” and “Babygirl,” coincided with his marriage to wife Meredith. Last year, Green celebrated the birth of their first child on Beautiful Things with songs like “James’ Song,” named for his son; “Love You No Matter What,” which paints a pretty clear picture of parenthood; and “Lullaby,” which features the chorus from which the album title is derived.
One would think he would continue this autobiographical streak on Young Legs, Green’s third solo record released a day ahead of schedule Monday to the surprise of fans. But instead, Green chose to write the entire record from other peoples’ perspectives — only letting little pieces of himself bleed through lyrically, and providing a distancethat won’t make listeners feel quite the same warmth that Green created on his first two records.
This new dynamic should in no way be construed as a bad thing. Instead of stating it outright, Green allows people to get a sense of where he is at this point of both his personal and musical life throughout the instrumental decisions made on Young Legs. It’s more mature, piano-driven rock music with unexpected influences throughout, showing that Green is more than just the Circa Survive frontman, the punk rock artist, the husband, the dad, and definitely, more than just the guy with a guitar. Continue reading →
A friend of renowned Doylestown-native musician Anthony Green asked him to write a song about someone close to him who had recently died.
Green, the frontman for spacey rock outfit Circa Survive who has also fostered a burgeoning solo career, had never really written songs from another person’s perspective. The experience forced him to tell stories, capture emotions and convey feelings through his music in a whole different way.
That song, titled “I’ll Miss You,” became the impetus for Green’s third solo album, Young Legs, which is out today on his own label, Moshtradamus Records. Green went on to write each song on the record about something inspiring he found within the people around him, and the experiences they were going through.
“It’s such tricky science. I love playing with it,” Green says of songwriting. “For a long time, I think I looked at it very narrowly and linear. I went in and I just sang over the music that I heard. I drew emotion from the sound of the music, and wasn’t as involved in the center of it until now, until I started doing fuller stuff, until I started writing my own songs and writing my own music and just really playing around with the science of songwriting.”
Green blends a laundry list of influences into his solo material. Because of this, Young Legs leaps from rock riffs to blues grooves to classical flourishes with the drop of a hat (listen here via Soundcloud). “I’ll Miss You” stands out as the album’s sad, straightforward and slowly building ballad, and is indicative of the mature, piano-driven sound Green was going for with the album.
He was urged to record “I’ll Miss You” by Keith Goodwin, frontman for Philly-based folkies Good Old War. The group doubles as Green’s collaborative back-up band both in the studio and on the road.
“He was like, ‘Dude it’s amazing. I really love it and I hear all of this cool stuff happening in it,’” Green recalls of the conversation with Goodwin. “I listened to it after Keith had said that, and was like, ‘Wow, this really is kind of a magical song. It could be beautiful.’ That song is really what kind of gave me the idea to start putting all of these songs together.”
Check back all this week for more about the release of Young Legs as we highlight the album in our Unlocked series – which showcases new and significant albums from Philadelphia area artists – with a review, video, interview and more. Below, download “I’ll Miss You,” and check back tomorrow for a review of the album.