Liverpudlian four-piece Circa Waves are about to come back with their brand new album Different Creatures. Moving away from the previous indie beats of 2015’s debut album Young Chasers that thrust them firmly into the limelight, the band seem to have found themselves in a darker, heavier sound. With the help of producers who have worked with the likes of Royal Blood and Foo Fighters, Circa Waves have created an album defining who they are, exploring the themes of love, loss and anxiety – and it is something truly brilliant.
‘Wake Up’ is the first single from Circa Waves’ new endeavor, and it has been plastered all over the radio for the last couple of months. It is a track full of energy and passion, and truly kicks the album into life. The mix of brash guitars with rockier drums beats and electronica shows a clear musical progression for the lads, evolving from their previous safe indie beats into something with much more fire and substance. This first taste of ‘Circa Waves 2.0’ is ultimately one of the highlights off the album.
Jumping straight into the album’s second single, ‘Fire That Burns’, this unfamiliar rock sound carries on. It seems as though the lads are really trying to affirm themselves now as a rock band, leaving the days of ‘T-Shirt Weather’ in the dust. This track allows for the audience to take a slight breather at points, with a calmer and more collected noise, but still delivers that brash tone that appears to be a running theme.
‘Goodbye’ again offers more of the same, before the album grinds to a halt with ‘Out On My Own’. This was a real stand out moment; it shows a hugely diverse band that can do both bold and hasty as well as cool and relaxed. With an unforgettable guitar riff and anger oozing from every line, it’s a lovely song with emotion pouring through every guitar string.
The title track of the album doesn’t disappoint, either. ‘Different Creatures’ brings back the tension running through the beginning of the album, but also incorporates the roots of Circa Waves’ older material. This is a track perfect for their original fans, with a blend of old and new that makes this a brilliant title track. ‘Without You’ has this kind of vibe too; clearly Circa Waves appreciate that whilst they want to progress in their music, they have to cater for the fans that got them where they are.
‘Crying Shame’ comes with an enticing story, catchy melody, and bouncy bass line, making it a trademark Circa Waves track. As another stand out moment, it’s easy to see this being released as a single. This is probably the most memorable song off the album, with a killer guitar solo and a bouncy bass line. Unfortunately, the shortest track comes in the form of ‘Loves Run Out’. This track is completely acoustic, and is absolutely beautiful. It is raw and rough but truly excellent, with gorgeous and truthful lyrics such as “I’ll love you til my love’s ran out”. It shows amazing song writing skills that have got Circa Waves this far, and why they are continuing to grow and grow.
Diving back into the rock sound, ‘Stuck’ is million miles away from the previous track. Moving back to brash drums, higher tensions and darker tones, the band bring the album back to the beginning for the last couple of tracks. ‘A Night On The Broken Tiles’ boasts a rather intriguing intro, but again delivers the same style as many of the tracks across ‘Different Creatures’.
‘Different Creatures’ couldn’t be a more approximately named album; it’s obvious Circa Waves have found their true style, and it’s really working for them. Bursting at the seams with confidence and style, the album is a triumph for these Liverpudlian lads, and they deserve real success.
Circa Waves new album ‘Different Creatures’ is out Friday 10th March, and you can pre-order here.