Congress Thatre – Chicago, IL
May 14, 2010
Oh, Hello… It’s been two years too long
I have to say, it’s kind of weird but also telling, that Circa Survive would be the first show that I review. Indie isn’t a genre that I’ve leaned towards, as it is in direct opposition to my metal image. That said, the moment I heard their debut release “Juturna”, I was hooked. I was soooo excited for this show. The last album they released was On Letting Go in late 2007. Needless to say, myself and the audience included were way overdue for our Circa fix.
As the band took the stage, you could tell that they were just as excited to be back as we were to have them. They alternated between the more technical sound of past albums to more singer/songwriter focused tracks from their April 20, 2010 release Blue Sky Noise. You could see the band get excited as the crowd sang along on oldie favorites like “In Fear and Faith” and new releases like “Imaginary Enemy”.
Watching Anthony perform almost feels like voyeurism. He seems to get lost in a visceral reaction to his own music, alternating from twirling around in an almost flower child like way, screaming hooks at the crowd, then back to singing in his signature falsetto. While (singer) Anthony Green gets carried away between songs, the band is there to keep him in line. As Steve Clifford gets the beat going on drums, Brandon Ekstrom and Colin Frangicetto join in on guitar and Nick Beard on bass to complete the unmistakable sound that is Circa Survive.
The music of Circa Survive has always had a very intimate feel to me, which unfortunately, isn’t captured well in a venue as large as the Congress. For a band that doesn’t rely on fancy stage sets and costumes, the only thing that matters is the music. Because the sound here leaves something to be desired, it definitely detracted from the show. Thankfully, that didn’t deter the fans from coming out to support they’re amazing new album. I can only hope that they’ll return to play our fair city once again, hopefully headlining, so that I can sing my heart out for more than the standard “opening band” set list. What a tease!
Written by: Emily Nydam
Photographed by: Stacy Young