Although there are weeks where New York City's weather can feel more bipolar than the twitter feed of a drug-addled former teen star, we are officially in summer (except, not really for another six days but bear with me). The sticky, muggy air has our clothes clinging to our bodies but it's a small price to pay after a brutally cold winter. And British rockers Circa Waves
have the perfect tune to celebrate summer's return.
We had the chance to chat with Circa Waves about their track "T-Shirt Weather" off the band's EP of the same title (though also released their debut LP, Young Chasers
in England this year). Circa Waves is also coming back to America for a nationwide tour, and between the sharp, angular Strokes-esque guitar work of the track -- which evokes the Strokes classic, "Someday" -- and the anchoring vocals of Kieran Shudall, "T-Shirt Weather" has turned itself into the perfect soundtrack for the beginning of your summer.
Check out the track's video below as well as our chat with the band, and sneak a peek at their upcoming tour dates to see if they're coming near your home town.
With this run headlining and touring in the U.S. at some of the most bustling cities in the country, could you tell us some of your comparative expectations between performances at, say, Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds to your upcoming gig at Lollapalooza?
Circa Waves: I guess festivals like Glastonbury and Reading are so firmly ingrained into the British music scene. I've been to them and know them very well; I have eaten cold beans and slept in cold, wet tents. It's all part of the experience in British festivals and something that you grow up loving and yearning to go and play. A festival like Lollapalooza seems like something from a Hollywood movie. I have no idea what to expect. I'm hoping the American festival goers will embrace us and have a good fuckin' dance to our music!
There's an incredibly dense, high-tide, you're-going-on-summervacation-with-us-whether-you-like-it-or-not, vibe emitted from the track "T-Shirt Weather." What about your British environment encouraged the push for this universally indisputable summer-time track?
The British public are obsessed with sun. As am I. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. It becomes more about how there is a buzz in the country when the sun comes out. If there is a heatwave for a week, it's like being in a fuckin' nationwide festival; everyone is up for a party. I wanted to make this track give you that feeling whenever you hear it.
At face value, your EP T-Shirt Weather, is heavily driven on an overarching sentiment of warm-weather, beach-filled days, and free-flowing breeze. Can you talk about how you've conceptually embedded this "false nostalgia" within the confines of your work
I guess you just put yourself in that time and place and write about it. Let your imagination go wild. I think a lot of our first record talks about the past and how good it was because it holds so many fond memories for me. It's enthralling and exciting to remember those times, no doubt with rose tinted glasses. If I had got signed and had a record deal when I was 17, I would have wrote about it in the present and maybe not thought so highly of it. Now being in my mid 20s, I can look back with a wiser eye and know how amazing it was.
8/2 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
9/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
9/24 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/25 Austin, TX @ Emos
9/27 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/28 Nashville, TN @ Cannery
9/29 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/1 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/5 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge