In 2005 Circa Survive released one of the strongest studio debuts I’ve ever heard with Juturna. Anthony Green’s distinct vocals and craftsmanship in creating a captivating story through his songwriting propelled the band to success. Twelve years later, much to my excitement, I got to witness them live for the first time.
Their supporting act, St. Louis based Foxing, has been blowing up. Last year they supported Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra – before bassist and co-songwriter Josh Coll left the band – and captivated the audience with their engagement. Their authenticity, the fact that they are just as pumped to play for you as you are to see them every time they hit the stage, adds that DIY energy to a seasoned lineup. Their sad boi anthems had the floor packed and the crowd invigorated. Plus, that fucking trumpet wail can move even the deadest hearts.
Circa’s set started with “Rites of Investiture”, a burst of lights, and an eruption of fervent screams from an eager crowd. Anthony Green’s convulsionary dancing amplified by the pulsing strobe lights. For a band that has been perfecting their art for over a decade, they launched into their performance with youth and vigor as if it was their first time hitting the stage. Moving into “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” and then “Wish Resign” the crowd quickly became another member of the band – people pressed tightly, voices raised, bodies creating a ripple over nodding heads. The night was an intoxicating jaunt through the sounds of an impactful career.
Laura is a native St. Louisan living in Austin and giving you the front row view by photographing your favorite artists.