It is still only 3 years since Circa Waves debut album, Young Chasers, was released to critical acclaim. Having played with the likes of Temples, Royal Blood, Interpol, The 1975 and The Libertines, as well as countless festival appearances, the band have been making a name for themselves as a live act to be reckoned with across Europe and as far away as Australia. 2017’s second album, Different Creatures, showed a growing maturity and sold to an ever growing fan base, they are now continuing work on their finished third album. We managed to catch up with the boys before their slot at YNot a few weeks ago.
Hi guys, how’s it going, is the summer a busy period for you?
Well, the weekend of Y-Not was just a one-off festival but the weekend before we had three! We played Scarborough supporting Stereophonic’s then after that we went to Truck Festival, and then we went straight to Moscow! So, it was a bit of a mad and strange weekend, we were like in and out of Moscow as we only had 24 hours there. Pretty much the same as the other places like we were in and out of, Scarborough we saw the sea briefly then played with our childhood heroes, but we didn’t get to see them because we had to get straight off to Truck!
Did you get to spend much time with the Stereophonic’s?
Well, its like this, when you are supporting bands, you are on totally different time schedules, so they will be eating while your sound checking, and then they play and you must leave as they start to play or you get to see like half a song. Unless you’re doing a run of about two weeks you don’t spend much if any time with any of them, two weeks is enough time to get to know them and see them, but we only did the one date.
What have Circa Waves got coming up this summer?
We have a few more festivals to play maybe about three or four left and then basically we have finished the new album. We are just working on all the other stuff that comes along with that, it takes a lot of time, a lot of the other stuff that people don’t actually see that also goes into making a record. It’s good though because it’s our third time doing this now, so I feel like we can get it right ha not that we got it wrong last time.
You’ve a new third album, which you’ve described as your most varied and cinematic record. So, how does this album differ from the last?
I think first to second record there’s definitely a difference and then from second to third the still a difference. We are not the sort of people who try not to do the same. Firstly, you’ve got to entertain yourselves, you can’t just keep doing the same thing over and over and secondly I think if you try to write something that is the same as before your inevitably going to fail and I think on this one its different again but it still maintains the core of the band like the last two records, but we are trying to challenge the idea of what a Circa Waves song might be you know what I mean any expectation anyone might have I think we maybe want to challenge that a bit. The people who are first on the second record when we released the first few songs we like ok we didn’t see this coming, but then they got it is going to be the same with our third album and I think going to open the eyes of a lot more people and the people who have always been with us I don’t see why there not going to love it.
Do you feel any pressure on you to progress?
I feel like there are bands who could easily stand still and do the same thing but there’s never a progression to the way that we want to in our career at all like we could still do the first record stuff, but I don’t think it would be healthy.
What advice would you give to people starting out in a band and trying to get known?
It’s quite generic advice I think like don’t give up but iv done this since I was like twelve or thirteen years old and you get disheartened from stuff like not getting a gig or whatever you want to do but just don’t stop if you want to do it you will do it and you will put everything into it.
Was there anything you did that made your band get known?
I think there’s no single in particular thing you can do but you just have to keep writing songs until you get better like when you write a bunch of songs it’s never going to be the first time around so have to constantly go and you have to play gigs, you have to talk to people. There are plenty of really good bands that don’t go anywhere and so you shouldn’t be disheartened by the fact that it’s not happening but if you just keep putting yourself in the right place, you never know and just kind of say yes to everything as well. I have a little brother who is in the starting place where I was at when I was dead young and seeing him get disheartened in not getting some exposure and stuff like that I just have to say like you have no idea of what I did from like thirteen to now I just have to remind him that it doesn’t come to you like that and I always tell him keep writing and the songs that you sent me their songs that you probably won’t ever play again.
What’s been your best gig to date?
It’s always the dates on the tour that I always look forward to, and they are Manchester and Glasgow. What I really love is when you go somewhere and you expect very little and then you have like the best time.
Circa Waves are: Kieran Shudall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Colin Jones (drums).