Circa Waves Talk Fun Tour Anecdotes and Getting Their Start on The Internet
    • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    Earlier this month while at The Meadows Festival in Queens, New York, we had the chance to hang out with UK rockers Circa Waves. The band has had a pretty massive year after releasing their sophomore record Different Creatures and touring endlessly, so we asked frontman Kieran Shudall and guitarist Joe Falconer all about it.

    KIRSTEN SPRUCH: How are you guys doing? How was your set?

    CIRCA WAVES: Fun. Hot, but fun. It's hotter than the UK, which is not hard to be actually, so it was good fun. The UK is pretty cold.

    KS: You're on tour with Two Door Cinema Club. How's that been?

    CW: We've done two shows. They were really good, actually. It's nice to sort of be on tour with people who are good guys and they like to drink as much as us.

    KS: Your sounds mesh so well together, I feel like it would be the most fun, upbeat rock show ever.

    CW: We should just both play at the same time. Just one extravaganza.

    KS: So, you recently put out your album Different Creatures. How have people been reacting to that while on the road this summer?

    CW: Terribly. Yeah, we shouldn't have done it. It was a mistake. It was such a mistake –– No, it's been pretty good. We did a big tour in the UK and played for a lot of people and then did that in Europe and now we're doing it in America. It's cool to be able to write songs in your bedroom in England and then play them in a big field in New York.

    KS: You guys kind of got your start through Soundcloud, right?

    CW: Yeah, we put a song on Soundcloud and then someone took it off there and Radio 1 played it.

    KS: How do you guys feel about today's music industry changing and having it be so that someone can just upload a song from their bedroom and make it big?

    CW: I think we all have mixed emotions, really. In many ways it's more democratic because anyone has the opportunity, but at the same time it feels like people's focus can be a little bit spread out. I don't know. There are pros and cons to the whole thing. But for us it was great.

    KS: Going back to your tour, do you guys have any fun tour anecdotes?

    CW: Fun tour anecdotes… Well, we have a bus that has no suspension. I was on the "bump bus" riding in the back and we went over a bump. I was suspended in mid-air. I landed and woke up. It was pretty scary. That was a moment. Wasn't fun at all. That's not a fun anecdote. What's happened that's fun? We went to Wal-Mart yesterday.

    One of the guys in Two Door invented a game where you bring five dollars. You have fifteen minutes and five dollars to spend, you have to buy something from Wal-Mart and we all show what we bought in the end. Whoever bought the best thing wins all of the things.

    KS: Do the crowds in the UK differ from the ones in the US?

    CW: Not too much. The cultures are kind of similar. I don't know, really. I think for us, we've spent a lot more time in the UK and cultivated more of a following there, so I think the crowds that we have here are more similar to the ones we had a few years ago in the UK where we're still trying to build something. Whereas in the UK now, people are more familiar with us. We're laying some foundations.

    KS: On your latest record, there's so much energy. How did that come into fruition?

    CW: They all start on acoustic guitar. I think if a song sounds good on an acoustic guitar, you know it's going to be amazing. I think that's what Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine always said, that if a riff sounds massive on an acoustic guitar then it's guaranteed to be big with a band. That's how I've always written. Yeah, we just sort of hammer it out in rehearsal and then we go write the whole album. And then we go to Alan Moulder. He mixed it and made everything sound huge.

    KS: What was it like working with him?

    CW: It's awesome. He's a hero of ours, so everyday it was cool to work with him.

    KS: What were you guys listening to during the making of the record?

    CW: Well, we were making the record in far West London and I live in East London so I had an hour and half each day on the train each way, so I just listened to podcasts to zone out. I don't want to spend an entire day listening to music. It's exhausting.

    KS: Do you ever kill music for yourself, like if there's a song you really like and you listen too it to much and get sick of it?

    CW: I find that being in a band kind of ruins live music for you a little bit. You're at festivals all the time or in a venue. A lot of bands don't leave the backstage because it makes you kind of sick of it. When you have a bit of time off, you're like "oh yeah, I love live music again," but when you're on the road, you don't want to see any bands. Usually. Unless they're your heros, I'm not checking anyone out.

    KS: That's interesting. What podcasts were you listening to?

    CW: I was listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno. Some guy's dad wrote a porno and they discovered it. Some erotic fiction. They just go through it.

    KS: The video for "Fire That Burns" was influenced by Italian horror films. And it was starring Isaac Hempstead Wright?

    CW: Yeah, Isaac [Hempstead Wright] who's Bran in Game of Thrones. The director gave us the idea for the Italian old horror films, and I thought that was cool so I agreed to do that. But then we found out that Isaac from Game of Thrones likes our band so we messaged him on Twitter and said "Do you want to be in a video?" and he said "Yeah, awesome!" Then he turned up on the day and I got to strangle him.

    KS: What's coming up next for you guys, besides the tour?

    CW: We've got another three weeks or so and then for the rest of the year we're going to be working on getting the next record together.

    KS: What can we expect from the next record?

    CW: I think it'll more ambitious. I think it'll be bigger, more cinematic. I think we just want to make something dramatic. We want to incorporate videos in the live show to make it this all inclusive sort of thing, so it'll be aiming towards not just a record. We'd be aiming towards the live show and towards the artwork so it'll be a sort of amalgamation of everything. It took us a few years to get this band to where it is and I think we're on track to make one of the best records we ever had. I think it'll be really special.

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