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Violent Waves

Circa Survive

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In 2004, singer Anthony Green left the band Saosin (on the day it signed to a major label) and formed the progressive emo quintet Circa Survive. That band's fourth album, Violent Waves, is the first that it released without a record label. Circa Survive also recorded and produced the album itself, in hopes of capturing its live prowess inside a studio. Right from the first verse of the opening track, “Birth of the Economic Hit Man,” a palpable energy builds up that softly explodes in the chorus. The rest of the song unfolds with unpredictable changes and clever arrangements that take listeners on a journey of seven minutes and 12 seconds—almost as if Sunny Day Real Estate had grown up with Rush vinyl. Green even inflects a bit like a young Geddy Lee throughout Violent Waves, though he’s got a gripping scream unlike anyone else, as heard on the following “Sharp Practice.” Rachel Minton of Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer provides gossamer harmonies on “Suitcase” before Thursday’s Geoff Rickly cameos on the much harder “The Lottery.”

Customer Reviews


This cd is why Circa is the best band out. They never disappoint. True musical geniuses

Finally, self-produced

I'm really happy they finally self-produced an album. It was risky but man they pulled it off. Great flowing album and some familiar distortion.

The one thing I didn't like is that they put Geoff in "The Lottery", nothing against the guy but it doesn't sound right. I think the live version with Nick sounded better.

Overall, great stuff.

Pretty Good...

So I've had some time to listen to this, and it's pretty good it's worth the ten bucks their asking here (or five if you get it on Circa's website) Please try and buy this album if ya like it cuz Circa's off a record label and did this one by there self.

Standout tracks - Bird Sounds, The best song (In my opinion), Sharp Practice, Birth of An Economic Hit Man and I'll Find a way.

Worst Track - Think of Me When They Sound, Seriously can't even understand why it's in here.

The only complaint I have besides that one song is that on this album the songs do seem to sound very similar…it is missing that great standout song like Get Out but don't let that put you off from picking it up it's definitely worth it


Formed: 2004 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia's Circa Survive were formed by former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green with guitarist Colin Frangicetto — both of them veterans of the local emo and hardcore scenes looking to indulge in the rule-breaking freedom of the neo-progressive movement of the mid-2000s. After Green and Frangicetto discovered likeminded bandmates in second guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard, and drummer Steve Clifford, Circa Survive recorded their debut album, Juturna (named after a Roman goddess),...
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