Concert Review + Photos: Circa Waves @ Rescue Rooms – Nottingham

Circa Waves
“I’m a little too young with not enough time” Circa Waves, ‘Stuck in My Teeth’ was the single that introduced many to their infectious indie sound. The catchy song which sets that careless young attitude first appeared as an EP and now features on debut album ‘Young Chaser’s’. Full of more short and sweet melodies and catchy pop like choruses ‘Young Chasers’ has defined the band’s sound and now out on tour the album is receiving its first wave of live listeners.

Entering a rather busy Rescue Rooms, front man Kieran Shudall (vocals, guitar), Sam Rourke (bass), Colin Jones (drums), and Joe Falconer (guitarist) belted out an hour long set which almost showcased the entirety of their debut. Emerging on stage, the few tickets left spare for the gig didn’t seem to dampen the mood. With a roar of cheers that would easily compete with a sold out show, the Liverpool lads struck the first chord to title song “Young Chasers”.

Moving swiftly into “Good For Me”, the mass of people crowded towards the stage jumped and danced around to the simplistic light melody which rounded of a chorus fronted by “good for me, good for me, good for me” being shouted back towards the stage. Moving forward and through a set list which grew in strength throughout the night, “Good For Me” was the start of an atmosphere which increased in chaos at the arrival of every song.

Yet with all the energy and zest being injected into the room, both by the crowd and also by the lads on stage, for those sitting back and listening to the array of Circa Waves’ material there was an essence that it may have appeared slightly samey. Similar tunes, didn’t break up a set which leant heavily on screechy melodies and gritty chords, but none the less the energy put into the performance by the band and the reception material received showed that un-doubtfully the band are doing things right. With only a debut and plenty of room to explore the lads have set themselves up nicely.

“Fossils” was another tune which struck up a riot, but it wasn’t until “Stuck in My Teeth” that people in the room showed what they were truly made of. Welcoming the instantly recognizable repetitive guitar riff with a scream of cheers, the song picked the small mosh pit back up and with a hectic energy being displayed on stage, it only seemed natural for such anarchy to be replicated off it.

Leaving the stage for a short while, Circa Waves quickly returned with “101” before Kieran teased out the intro to a long awaited “T-Shirt Weather”. As the guitar looped around and taunted, those in the room began to chant back the melody which soon erupted in chaos as the room gave there all for the last time dancing in a frenzy to “I remember t-shirt weather, I remember some days, We were singing our lungs out in the backseat together”.


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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |

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