A definite camaraderie exists between Circa Survive and their fans, which is a unique thing that many bands want to achieve
Review by Jenna Hughes, photos by Ken Lackner
Circa Survive has a habit of selling out shows and their show at Center Stage in Atlanta on September 21 was no different. Touring in support of their self-released fourth studio album, Violent Waves, the Philadelphia quartet brought down the house with a great mix of old and new material.
Charismatic front man Anthony Green (formerly of the rock band Saosin) entranced the audience with his deeply personal delivery of songs like “In Fear and Faith,” in which he grasped the outstretched hands of the fans in the front row, narrowly avoiding being pulled into the crowd by its vigor. Against a backdrop of a multi-colored lighting array, Green continued to serenade the hypnotized crowd with fan favorite “In the Morning and Amazing,” during which he jutted his mic out into the audience to let them sing it back.
The band’s new material seemed to resonate with the fans as well, and guitarist Brendan Ekstrom stole a bit of the limelight during “Sharp Practice,” a track from the new album featuring an edgy guitar riff and a howling chorus that demanded attention. “Suitcase,” the first single from Violent Waves, stood out as a modern love song showcasing the softer side of Green’s vocals.
Confetti blasted the audience next, announcing “Glass Arrows,” which riled up the crowd again. Fans crowd-surfed and screamed the lyrics while a giant purple beach ball, thrown up by a fan, circulated the room and made its way onto the stage. The band members played along, bouncing the ball back into the crowd with a smile.
A definite camaraderie exists between Circa Survive and their fans, which is a unique thing that many bands want to achieve. The effortlessness of Green’s vocals and stage presence is hard to ignore, and the fan reaction is easy to understand. This band definitely has staying power and their live performance was absolutely solid.