Circa Waves at The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK – 10th April 2015

Posted by Bianca on Friday Apr 10, 2015 Under Indie, Rock

Gig Review by Olivia Faye Wood with Photography by Megan Levers

Circa Waves

I began listening to Circa Waves a couple of years ago when their their debut single ‘Get Away’ was released in 2013. Considering them to be brilliant and definitely needing more songs to pick from, I was excited when their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ was released earlier this year. Their performance live certainly wasn’t a disappointment, as they took to the stage with an explosion of sound and a light (literally, the lighting was fantastic) it lead me to consider if I had gone both temporarily blind and deaf. I kept jumping anyway.

Circa Waves

There is something about Circa Waves that brings out increasing lapses of energy you never knew were inside of you. Perhaps it was the beaming faces of the band, who you can just tell are people who love the music they make and play together. Or maybe it was the mass of the teen crowd, beginning with the clustered group of girls pressed into the stage, descending to the mosh and finally filtering into the ‘older crowd’, who were all singing the lyrics back to them. It was heartening to see how delighted the band were; looking into people’s faces and smiling genuinely, jumping onto boxes at the front of the stage to bask in the glory of it all. To further their appreciation, free shots were received by some fans, along with the drumsticks and guitar pics one of which I was lucky enough to catch!

Circa Waves

I considered trying to get it signed- but alas- the crowd of fourteen-year-old girls was not a force I believed I could reckon with. So instead, I reluctantly set off home.

Circa Waves

This was a Friday night, The Leadmill, Sheffield. Circa Waves played to a sold out gig with support from Ratboy and Gengahr. With the lead vocalist’s incredibly versatile voice and guitarist’s stage presence and strong sound during ‘Powder’, Genghar were impressive to say the least. Yet the crowd seemed only to have ears for the four piece indie-pop band Circa Waves, comparable to The Strokes, the Vaccines and Two Door Cinema Club- to name but a few.

Circa Waves

With hits such as the single ‘T-shirt weather’ that almost persuades you it is warm enough to leave the woollens at home,  crack out the shorts and sunglasses- that is- until you step outside and instantly regret it (cheers Sheffield), Circa Waves are certainly the indie teen band to be looking toward for those summer vibes. But perhaps I’ll put off rooting around for my flip-flops just yet.

Circa Waves

What is fair to say is that you can’t help but like them- they make you want to jump up and down- everyone needs an excuse to act like a teen with the fierce joy of ‘singing our lungs out in the back seat together’ once in a while.

Circa Waves

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