The release of their new single Times Won’t Change Me, from their third album What’s It like Over There was announced not long after the EU tour finalised, ready for release on 5thApril 2019. This piano-led gospel inspired album is nothing like that has been heard before, the new and exciting sound of Circa Waves.
This upbeat, vocal, drum and piano domineering track sets a precedent for the anticipation of the rest of the album for a new and fresh sound from this band now six years old.
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The release of the music video for Times Won’t Change Me mirrors the tracks effortless, yet infectious simplicity. Frontman Kieran Shudall is shown approaching the piano in his dressing gown, playing the open chords as so, the screen splits and Kieran is seen transported in to a looking glass fantasy world.
The set is in an ordinary living room, accompanied with a lighting rig and the rest of the band (Joe, Colin and Sam) performing in dashing clean-cut black suit and ties. As the intensity grows in the track, so does the video, the video moulds itself around the piano, ending with Kieran sat at the piano in his dressing gown, showing the moment of inspiration is over.
In an interview for their second album; Different Creatures, Kieran exclaims how he finds the inspiration to write these buoyant tracks. Quite simply, he finds inspiration in what is around him, specifically at home, in Liverpool. He does not force music, he lets music come to him.
Taking cues from contemporary trailblazers such as Beck and Drake, as well as classic musicians like Joni Mitchell, Circa Waves have unshackled themselves from contemporary expectations of an indie rock band. “There’s a thing with bands being scared of that big epic song, but on your third album, you can afford to be more open. The pop will not hurt you, it’ll set you free!” says Shudall.
The band – Kieran Shudall (vocals/guitar), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) and Colin Jones (drums) – have celebrated a steady rise since their debut album Young Chasers, their follow-up second album in 2017, Different Creatures, showing a retool of their sound, and more recently, their third album What’s It Like Over There? Showing another sonic shift.
Their ascension is validated through their announcements of a summer full of festivals, including a third from top billing at Reading/Leeds Festival, alongside a UK headline tour that will see them play London’s prestigious Roundhouse.
Circa Waves are at the best they have been for a long time, soaking up the exhilaration with every gig. With their bare-chested honesty they have a strong future ahead, clasping onto every opportunity with both hands.
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
April 15th – Oxford, O2 Academy
April 16th – Nottingham, Rock City
April 18th – Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
April 19th – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
April 20th – Sheffield University, Foundry (SOLD OUT)
April 23rd – Birmingham, O2 Institute
April 25th – Bristol, O2 Academy
April 26th – London, Roundhouse
April 27th – Newcastle, University