Circa Waves

FRESH: ‘Sad Happy’ – Circa Waves

Circa Waves release their brand new album, “Sad Happy”

Circa Waves have already released the track and self shot video for “Move To San Francisco” ahead of the release of the “Happy” side of their fourth studio album “Sad Happy” which is out today. Inspired by how quickly pop and hip-hop move in today’s streaming age, the release of the “Happy” side of Circa Waves’ new album distills the band’s sound into its purest form while pushing it forward into a more expansive, and mature space. It’s a moving, energizing, and timelessly melodic record and incisive in its portrait of modern life. The heart and soul of the record lies in its hymns of fading relationships, self-deprecation, and anxieties of modern day.

Discussing “Move To San Francisco” Kieran Shudall says: “Inspired by The Beatles favourite instrument the Mellotron, “San Francisco” was written in a quick burst. It’s about escapism, pessimism, and Bruce Springsteen. In the spirit of DIY, we decided to film the video ourselves and let Joe edit the shit out of it. We walked to the highest point in San Fran, went to the lowest dive bars, and even filmed the Golden Gate Bridge. What the video lacks in camera prowess, it makes up for in idiotic charm”.

Lead single “Jacqueline”, which was released at the end of last year, is an infectious, Soweto-flavored groove that explores the theme of single motherhood in modern Britain. Fans will find songs like the anthemic “Move To San Francisco” and “Be Your Drug” just the kind of guitar-led sunshine pop rock they fell in love with five years ago. “Happy” was written and produced in full by Kieran Shudall and mixed by Grammy winners Dan Grech-Marguerat and Matt Wiggins. Circa Waves will also be heading out on their next headline UK tour in April. Kicking off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on March 27th, the tour will also include a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy on April 3rd and finish with a hometown show at Liverpool’s Guild of Students on April 4th.

Tracklisting for “HAPPY”:
1. Jacqueline
2. Be Your Drug
3. Move To San Francisco
4. Wasted On You
5. The Things We Knew Last Night
6. Call Your Name
7. Love You More

Tracklisting for “SAD”:
8. Sad Happy
9. Wake Up Call
10. Sympathy
11. Battered And Bruised
12. Hope There’s A Heaven
13. Train To Lime Street
14. Birthday Cake

Circa Waves are Kieran Shudall, Joe Falconer, Sam Rourke, and Colin Jones.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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