Indie rockers Circa Waves have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut album Young Chasers in March this year. A sold out UK tour in spring including a headline show at Brixton Academy’s younger cousin O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and a string of festival dates including Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury amongst many others have brought them to this Brixton gig. I’ve been waiting a long while to see Circa Waves so obviously I jumped at the opportunity of getting tickets for this show, their biggest headline show to date.
Support came from Clean Cut Kid and alternative rapper Rat Boy, who has been making waves of his own on his own UK headline tour as well as major support slots for Circa Waves (on their last tour as well) and The 1975.
Circa Waves kicked off their set with single Young Chasers and it went down a treat, to say the least. They then went into debut single Good For Me and got the crowd, including myself, really going for it. Single after single and tune after tune, frontman Keiran Shudall and bassist Sam Rourke didn’t stop thanking the sold out Brixton Academy, not that us an audience are to thank for their success. Their hard work, determination and relentless gigging is where they have gained fans for themselves. Not to mention their knack for a song to make you bounce. The band ended on the other half of their debut single, Get Away, and departed the stage. But of course no Circa Waves gig would be complete without the single which has arguably brought them to this gig, T-Shirt Weather. The Scousers returned to the stage to rapturous applause and cheering from all 5,000 of their biggest London fans. They jumped straight into 101, a song reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys’ first two albums, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not/Favourite Worst Nightmare. T-Shirt Weather was nothing short of incredible. The perfect end to what must be one of the best gigs the band has ever played, surely? In typical Circa Waves fashion, they released a sh*t-load of confetti from two confetti canons for the last chorus just as a treat for the packed out venue.
Circa Waves played:
Good For Me
I Can Sleep Tonight
Talking Out Loud
The Luck Has Gone
Stuck In My Teeth
As far as I’m concerned, Circa Waves have stapled themselves as the band of the year, and while many people will contest that statement and say Wolf Alice hold that title, I disagree. Circa Waves rise to this status has come so quickly, considering that the band only got together in 2013 and have toured ruthlessly since their conception, supporting The Libertines and The 1975 as well as countless headline gigs. As well as all their activity in the UK and Europe, they have, I suppose, ‘broke America’. Only returning from there after a month of touring two or three days before the start of their current UK tour, with another US tour planned and announced for the end of 2015.
Honestly, I cannot think of a band more deserving of this amount of success than Circa Waves.
Genuinely the best gig I have ever attended. Played songs I really didn’t think they would play, but hoped they would.
Personal highlight: Either when they played I Can Sleep Tonight or the confetti canons in T-Shirt Weather.
Written by Lee Vincent