Rounding off the UK part of their debut album, Young Chaser, tour, Circa Waves took to the stage of a jam-packed sold out O2 Academy show, at London’s Shepherd’s Bush. With a largely dominant 16-20 year old crowd, support came in the form of “Ones To Watch” indie boys, Genghar, with their contemporary psychedelic-tinged sound.
Successfully stirring the crowd with recent release, ‘She’s A Witch’, Genghar are all haunting vocals and captivating riffs. After already supporting the likes of Wolf Alice and Superfood, the North London four-piece are fast establishing themselves as a buzz worthy indie contender. Next track ‘Heroine’, revealed this week as the bands newest single, is possibly their finest to date. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Heroine’ has summer hit written all over it with a toe tapping rhythm and an undeniable infectious melody.
Guitarist John Victor effortlessly creates sultry riffs that make for a perfect pairing with frontman Felix Bushe’s silky vocals, resulting in an altogether romantic affair. Fourth song, ‘Bathed In Light’ has an epic worthy chorus, with its comparatively quieter verses. “Bathed in light, I’ll be waiting for you now, Our faltering waves come crushing in,” coos Bushe with the vocals that are fast becoming a trademark. Tracks ‘Where I Lie’ and ‘Trampoline’ and penultimate ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ followed, giving the simmering crowd a taster of the forthcoming album. Gengahr ender their eight-tracked warm up with hit ‘Powder’, that left the crowd gently hazed up for the healiners. A Dream Outside, the debut album, is out June 15th via Transgressive Records.
Bubbling fuelled teenagers chanted “Circa Waves”, at least ten minutes before the band finally made their appearance in front of the 2000 capacity filled venue. Opening with the brilliant ‘Young Chasers’, revellers from the floor to the third balcony could be heard urgently shouting the lyrics back to the festival rousing chorus. The four-piece solidified their hype worthy potential, with melodic anthems and perfect radio play pop. With loud, frantic energy the band slipped into second track ‘Good For me’, as captivating frontman Kieran Shudall cavorted on stage with his energising adolescent performance.
Humbly introducing themselves, Shudall is welcomed by cheers as he simply announces: “We’re Circa Waves and we’re from London, and we’re here to play some songs for you” as they break into yet more crowd pleasers, ‘Best Years’ and ‘So Long’. Circa Waves undeniably have a strong legion of fresh faced followers, as hot and sweaty teens didn’t seem to pause for a breath as the boyish musicians thrashed out a popular ‘100 Strangers’, with its dance worthy rhythm and energised lyrics, its becoming apparent that Circa Waves have got 2015 indie boy pop covered.
The band are clearly overwhelmed by the sheer excitement: “About a year ago we did a gig to about 100 people, and now we’ve sold out this, we can’t believe it, and it’s all down to you” announced a leather jacket clad Shudall, before breaking into another hit. A well deserved encore heard the likes of ‘101’ and the ever deservingly popular ‘T Shirt Weather’. Multi coloured confetti cans sprayed into the audience, closing a show that was seemingly a memorable night for the Circa Waves fan club.