Circa Survive Biography
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Whatever you think Circa Survive’s new album means, you’re right. However you understand the lyrics, in whichever way you construe the melodies, whatever emotions rise within you, whether it generates nostalgia or pain or hope or something you can’t name, Blue Sky Noise expands to encompass any possible perception of itself.
The Doylestown, PA-based band’s multi-faceted sound has always allowed infinite space for interpretation, melding intricate prog and mind-bending psychedelia with massive riffs and singer Anthony Green’s reflective, intimate lyricism. With Blue Sky Noise, Circa Survive have crystallized their complex sound and equally involved ideas about the world around them into their most confident and focused collection to date. Songs like "Imaginary Enemy" and "Get Out" are elaborately orchestrated and intensely powerful, offering the purest expression thus far of Circa Survive’s singular identity.
Hailed as a remarkably visceral live act since their 2004 foundation, Circa Survive followed 2007’s acclaimed second album, On Letting Go, with nearly two years of non-stop touring, roadwork which saw the band bridging a diverse range of audiences with its idiosyncratic sonic vision. In addition to treks alongside bands such as Coheed & Cambria, Thrice, Pelican, and My Chemical Romance, Circa Survive dropped jaws at such dissimilar music festivals as Vans Warped Tour and Coachella.
Upon returning home to the house they shared in Doylestown, the band took a brief but much-needed pause in order to readjust and revive their energies. It wasn’t long before the five musicians began allowing ideas to gestate for a new record. In October of 2008, the band acquired a cottage-like house that bordered a stream and a nature preserve. They called it "The Creek House" and in one of its rooms, with a large picture window looking out into the world, they wrote nearly every day for several months. The process had its ups and down. The band, then unsigned, struggled with a tumultuous internal pressure to create something they were proud of, something that elevated their music to a new level of skill and innovation.
Green, in particular, was consumed with uncertainty and felt unable to live up to his own expectations. Mid-way through the writing process, the singer had a breakdown, going what he calls "mentally bankrupt and ruined with self-doubt." With the band’s support, he checked himself into a mental institution, where he spent a period of time recovering his sense of balance and unearthing a new perspective.
"I just wanted to get better," Green explains. "People should know that when they get to their wit’s end they should get help. I went to the local crisis center. I had to do that in order to make this record."
When Green returned, although some of the problems remained, he found himself better able to confront the challenge of crafting this record with his bandmates. Circa Survive returned to writing every day in The Creek House. They eschewed any formula for songwriting. Every musical idea had its own method of creation, its own unique path of maturing into songs. For the first time in Circa Survive, guitarist Colin Frangicetto contributed lyrics and melodies for two songs—"I Felt Free" and "Imaginary Enemy"—and the band worked collaboratively to build a unified record piece by piece, song by song. "Frozen Creek," a haunting track written by Green and guitarist Brendan Ekstrom (the two also collaborated on "Get Out"), marked the first time the musicians felt they were on the right track during the writing process, and from there the group constructed the songs into an integrated whole, book-ended by surging opener "Strange Terrain" and shyly hopeful closer "Dyed In the Wool."
"We really wanted to make sure we were writing a cohesive full-length album," says Ekstrom. "We wanted people to listen to our record from front to back, with all the songs flowing together seamlessly. A lot of it is a reflection of our personalities and what we went through, but also a reflection of the state of music and our reaction to the disintegration of the album."
In the spring of 2009, the band, now signed with Atlantic Records, made a list of possible producers. They met with several, all dream scenarios, and immediately felt a connection with David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, King Crimson). The band sent songs to Bottrill from The Creek House throughout the spring and by the time they arrived in Toronto in July to begin preproduction, that communication had grown into a supportive discourse that helped the songs grow into the best versions of themselves. Circa Survive spent three and a half months in Toronto, recording in several different spaces, always reminding each other of the common goal they were working toward: making the best album possible.
"We wanted to make a record with an element of patience," Frangicetto explains. "One where you might not discover something until the third or even thirtieth listen. David was the perfect guy for that. He was very intent on preserving the artist’s vision. He wanted to take what we did and make it better. It was the most peaceful recording session we’ve ever had. He kept us in a team mentality. He told us on our last day, ‘I don’t think you guys could have made a better record.’"
The twelve songs on Blue Sky Noise swell and dissolve into each other. The fervor and desperate force of "Get Out" as Green howls "Locked myself up in a room without a window/ Just to see if it was any easier to breathe" find equal strength in his bandmates’ impassioned instrumentals. The urgent liberation of "I Felt Free" is reflected in its propulsive guitars, soaring melodies and the throb of an underlying beat. Layers of sound, built with revving guitars, patterned rhythms and the ardor of Green’s vocals, allow the record to intensify and suspend, sprawling into vast atmospheric spaces and surging together into dramatic climaxes. Every track stands alone, but each stands taller beside its companions. It offers a profound sense of catharsis and represents a collective healing process for the musicians who birthed it. It is a segment of a greater whole, another stride toward an ultimate realization.
"I feel like it says a million things," Green says. "It’s all in the album. And it’s all in the other albums. It’s a bunch of unsaid stuff that I haven’t recorded yet. Every album is a chapter and a step toward the truth. And you’re never going to get there, you just have to keep going and going. I want this record to be in the world. It only makes sense out there. I’m like a pregnant mother about to explode. I just want it out there. It’s weighing me down and I love it so much and I just want it to be alive so I can put it to my teat."
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the key to my inner thoughts | Reviewer: brianna nicole | 4/18/12
circa survive has been my favorite band since i first heard juturna. on letting go was equally as beautiful. anthony greens wonderful voice never ceases to send chills racing down my spine.with blue sky noise i couldnt help but look into myself and my inner thoughts and find the meaning of what circa is to me. this band is amazing with each of its members and makes room for your own interpretations.this is the "jesus" of MY music.
are you kidding me! | Reviewer: maya | 12/7/08
this does no justice for how talented circa survive really is. their lyrics are actually meaningful compared 2 other musicians that are more famous. and calling them emo is really just demeaning. they are one of my favorite bands
amazing | Reviewer: nick | 8/24/08
this is a band unlike any other. the description needs to be updated, because they are no longer new, and on letting go, in my opinion, is really what defines them, not juturna.
also, guys anthony is amazing, but the rest of the guys, especially colin deserve equal credit.
INSULT!!! | Reviewer: MoLLy | 2/28/08
That is an insult to everything Circa Survive stands for, calling them Emo...They are way too talented for that and way too smart to lower themselves to some stupid fad.
That aside, they are the greatest ever! WOOT!
Juturna | Reviewer: Shawn | 11/26/07
My lovely female roommate has a "boyfriend" who supposedly wrote a couple songs for Juturna... Despite my dislike for my roommate's BF, every song is great to listen too. one of my all-time fav albums^^
The Guys of Circa Survive | Reviewer: Jenna | 11/21/07
Not only is their music amazing but so are the lyrics. Lyrics are what draws you in to the song they are what keeps you stuck. Circa Survives lyrics absolutly do that.
Not only that but the boys themselves are amazing as well. They are so nice and down to earth.
circa survive | Reviewer: Amanda | 9/29/07
Hands down, my favorite band ever could not be any better. first album amazing second album was inspirational. whoever doesn't like circa survive doesn't have good music taste.
amazing | Reviewer: halee | 9/20/07
circa survive is purely amazing
i love them.
me and my sister went and them at a show after they made their first album and i about died!!!
anthony greens voice is so amazing
Circa Survive | Reviewer: Allie | 9/18/07
I Love Circa Survive. Anthony Greens voice is absolutely to die for.His voice is sooooo nice and like others said versatile. He is amazing and just so great. i would LOVE to see him in concert and hear his voice mouth to ear. his songs are sooooooooo detailed and understanding.AMAZING
Circa Survive | Reviewer: Raquel | 6/14/07
Circa Survive, hands down, is an amazing band. Even if you do not like this particular sub-genre of music, it is very easy to become addicted. The lyrics are extremely passionate and the ranges that they are sung can be considered lullabying. Anthony Green has an amazing voice and it is so versatile. His voice could go from soothing, to adrenaline pumping, to in the middle of the two. There is definitely something special about it. The sounds of the band are also amazing. The strings are a lot like Anthony's voice, very versatile. I find the drums to be blood pumping. I find myself in a constant crave for their music and there isn't any other band that could satisfy it. Circa Survive is beyond words.
Circa Survive | Reviewer: Brent | 4/16/07
Yeah theyre definetely amazing but i wouldn't say emo because their way to talented for that they consider themselves Experimental Rock or even Progressive Punk
circa | Reviewer: matt | 10/13/05
yea man, these guys are good, i kinda thought they kinda sounded like a girl singer, but obviously not.
they are coming with mcr and thrice to my city in december and i am going
man i can't wait
but no yea these guys i like them
circa survive | Reviewer: Jason | 6/30/05
Circa survive is saosin's old singers band(anthony green). This band is very emo, the lyrics are detailed an sung very well. "Act Apelled" is my favorite song because the way anthony sings an the lyrics are very well written. "Stop the fuckin' car" is also a song very well sung an with very good an detailed lyrics the part ofthe song were athony says "your face is light an cocaine white" always gets stuck in my head. I think everyone should at least give circa suriviv a listen an make your choice if u like them or not. I wish u good luck to all who read this. thank you have a good rest of the day ^^
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