Circa Waves

FRESH: ‘Lemonade’ – Circa Waves feat. Alfie Templeman

Circa Waves and Alfie Templeman drink some “Lemonade”!

Summer ain’t over just yet! Sit back, chill and drink some “Lemonade”! Circa Waves have teamed up with rising singer-songwriter Alfie Templeman to release their infectious new zinger. Boasting an effervescent yet anthemic soundscape of lush guitar melodies and a driving rhythm section, “Lemonade” follows two themes – optimism and escapism, both of which exude from the sing-along songwriting of frontman Kieran Shuddall and Templeman.

“Imagine, if you will, the world falling apart around you” explains Kieran. “There is anxiety, fear and you’ve not been able to hug your mum in months. But wait! What’s that? A beautiful song starts playing. Elegant vocals chime in from Alfie Templeman. The guitar fills you with joy, the melody eases your pain and all of a sudden you’re drinking rum and lemonade. Your mind feels clear and everything’s ok for 3 minutes and 20 seconds. What is this? magic??! No, it’s Lemonade!”.

Speaking of the new collaboration, Alfie tells us “’Lemonade’ to me is such a heartfelt track, about everyone coming together and loving each other in times where everything seems so difficult. I definitely related to this in lockdown which is why I was so excited to hop on the track!”.

The release of “Lemonade” follows hot on the heels of Circa Waves’ latest album “Sad Happy”, which marked their highest charting release to date, debuting at No.4 in the UK Official Album Charts. “Sad Happy” came a little under a year after the release of 2019’s top ten charting UK Album “What’s It Like Over There?”, marking the band’s third top ten album and again reinforcing Kieran Shudall’s reputation as one of the UK’s most prolific and consistent songwriters.

“Lemonade” is a triumphant collaboration for Circa Waves and Templeman as one of the UK’s most beloved, and fastest rising, acts respectively, and one that – hopefully – will be celebrated at festivals and gigs in the not too distant future.

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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!