This past Saturday night Circa Survive hit the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ for another killer show. Over the past year and a half I have shot the band numerous times. I can honestly say that there aren't many bands out there that put on a consistently incredible show night after night like these dudes do.
I was also stoked on this night because I was going to see United Nations for the first time. Being a longtime fan of Thursday and getting to know Geoff Rickly personally a bit in the last few months, I knew that this band would be fantastic.
UN is made of various members from other bands. There isn't a lot of info available about them because of some various problems with the government entity also known as United Nations. I have confidence that anything Geoff Rickly is a part of would be killer. I was not let down in the least. Geoff tore up the stage in a way I had not seen since I had last seen him play with Thursday in December of 2011. It was absolutely fantastic to see.
The energy of the whole band was incredible. Their set list included songs like "Pit Animal", "Fuck The Future", "Illegal UN", and "Nevermind the Bombing, Here's Your Six Figures" and others. UN sounds like Thursday in some respects, but louder and faster.
Next up was the Philadelphia band, A Life Once Lost. I had never heard of them but I caught them doing their sound check and I was intrigued. Also loud and chaotic, fronted by Robert Meadows, a guy who never stopped moving. They kept their energy high and got everyone rocking along.
Shortly after A Life Once Lost left the stage, the curtains closed while everyone got the stage ready for Circa Survive. A short time later, while the crowd chanted "Circa Survive!" over and over, the curtains parted and the band launched into their first song "Birth Of The Economic Hit Man". That is also the first track of their amazing new album, Violent Waves. A few seconds in, front man Anthony Green stepped out to the edge of the stage, and everyone proceeded to go ape shit.
I told Anthony once that years down the road when people talk about the voices of our generation, he will certainly be one of those mentioned. He really has a one of a kind voice that is instantly recognizable. Over the last 9 years and through 4 albums, Circa has developed a sound that just keeps getting better and better.
Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom play guitar, Nick Beard is on bass, and Stephen Clifford keeps it all moving along on drums. They do more than just back up Green, Circa Survive has intricate music and they duplicate this beautifully on stage. Their set list included both and new favorites like, "Sharp Practice", "Stop The Fuckin Car", "Living Together", "The Lottery", "Living Together", "Suitcase" and more. Right after "Suitcase" was the one two punch of "In Fear and Faith" and "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the dose", those two songs always bring an incredible reaction. Then they cap it off with the explosive "Get Out".
I have written about Circa Survive many times over the last year. I have gotten to know the guys on a personal level, which makes me like them even more. But all that aside, Violent Waves was one of my top albums of the year, and I never get bored seeing them play. I cannot say that about too many bands. They just released tour dates with Minus The Bear for the month of March that will bounce them around the country. I have seen so many bands live, more than I can even count, but there are not many bands I could see play night after night and love it every night. Circa Survive is that band. If they play your area, just go. You won't regret it.