Circa Survive is a rock band consisting of vocalist Anthony Green and members of the now-defunct This Day Forward. They have released two albums since 2005 and are currently writing material for a third that will be due out sometime in 2009.
After going back to his hometown of Philadelphia
for a dentist
appointment, Anthony Green went to the airport
to return to California
to work with the band Saosin
, where he was their lead singer. However, while on a layover in Phoenix
, he suddenly had an epiphany
- despite the fact that Saosin was close to breaking out, he knew he would be miserable if he returned. When asked about his decision to leave Saosin he stated, "I left primarily because I didn't want to sign to a major label in that band." Anthony Green also stated that another reason for leaving Saosin was because he was very homesick and missing his family. Green returned to Colin Frangicetto, a friend who he had "jammed" with during his stay, and they decided to begin recording and recruiting. Thus, Circa Survive was born.
Colin Frangicetto and Anthony Green, with full support from Equal Vision Records
, then recruited Brendan Ekstrom. Ekstrom had been Frangicetto's bandmate in This Day Forward
, which had recently disbanded. Both Ekstrom and Frangicetto had toured with Taken
during their This Day Forward days, and procured Nick Beard, previous bassist of Taken, as Circa Survive's next member. The band met Steve Clifford through Vadim Taver of the band Marigold (and also from This Day Forward); "Steve jammed with us for a week and from there it was on," says Frangicetto.
The Inuit Sessions
Circa Survive released their first EP, The Inuit Sessions
, on March 18
. It contained four tracks: "Act Appalled", "Handshakes at Sunrise", "The Great Golden Baby", and "Suspending Disbelief".
, Circa Survive's debut album, was released on April 29
in the United States
and January 31
on Equal Vision Records
. It was initially announced via the band's MySpace
page in November 2004. Details as to its sound remained vague, although the band stated they would keep their fans posted via their website, MySpace
page, and YouTube
page. Shortly before its official release, the album was posted on their MySpace page in its entirety. Juturna
reached #138 on the Billboard 200
. The album was produced by Brian McTernan
at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore
. The band drew inspiration for the album from House of Leaves
, The Boondock Saints
, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
On Letting Go
On Letting Go
is Circa Survive's second album. Released on May 29
by Equal Vision Records
, the album debuted at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard 200
, selling about 24,000 copies in its first week. It peaked at position #24. As of July 11
, it has sold 51,357 copies in the US.
The album was named "On Letting Go" because the band felt that they could somehow let go of all the emotion that they face every day. As with previous albums, Esao Andrews
designed the artwork and Brian McTernan produced the album.
In the Spring of 2008, Circa Survive released an On Letting Go b-side, "1,000 Witnesses" to fans through the charity Invisible Children in an effort to raise money for the cause. In June 2008, they also released the b-side "The Most Dangerous Commercials" as a charity download to help support the relocation of Siren Records, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
After supporting Thrice for their Spring 2008 tour, Circa Survive will return home to Philadelphia to write for the currently untitled follow up record to On Letting Go, tentatively due out in Winter 2009 and proceed to do a headlining tour of their own in support of the record.
Touring and performing
Circa Survive has toured on several occasions, including national tours within the United States of America. They toured in the winter of 2005 with My Chemical Romance
. That summer they co-headlined a tour. Circa Survive has also opened for Mae
on each of their headlining runs. Circa Survive played The Bamboozle
festival in 2005, 2006 2007 and 2008 in New Jersey
. They also played a few dates on The Vans Warped Tour
in 2005. In early 2006, they took on a tour of Europe
with Coheed and Cambria
, after having previously completed a tour in September 2005 with Motion City Soundtrack
. They also toured with Saves The Day
, and Pistolita
. In the summer of 2006, they embarked on their first headlining tour The Twilight Army Tour,
with The Receiving End of Sirens
, Days Away
, Portugal. The Man
, and Keating
. Then in fall
of 2006, they went on tour with Thursday
, Rise Against
and Billy Talent
. The band also played on the Rockstar Alternative Press
Tour headlining with Cute Is What We Aim For
, and with supporting acts As Tall As Lions
and Envy on the Coast
. In April 2007, Circa Survive played at the Coachella arts and music festival in Indio, California
. In Summer of 2007, the band played the entire Vans Warped Tour
alongside bands such as Coheed and Cambria
, The Used
, and Bad Religion
. Circa Survive opened for My Chemical Romance's 2007 shows in Worcester, MA
and New Zealand
shows also. Circa Survive opened as the main support for 30 Seconds To Mars
September 14, 2007 at the Brixton Academy. Circa Survive completed touring with Ours
, Fear Before The March Of Flames
, with Dear and the Headlights
, and The Dear Hunter
in November, 2007. News Year's Eve 2007 brought a coming home show with Thursday
and The Gaslight Anthem
played at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.The band is in the Kerrang!
2008 Tour with Madina Lake
, Coheed and Cambria
. It was announced on January 24
, that Circa Survive would be going on a Spring 2008 tour with Thrice
according to Thrice's website - Live Photos from Tour
During Circa Survive's tour with Thrice and Pelican , Anthony Green mentioned that they would be working on songs for a new album this summer; the band also played several alternate/extended versions of their songs.
Circa Survive is known to add humor and props to their live concerts. Anthony Green frequently wears dresses to outdoor music festivals, most notably The Bamboozle in 2006 and The Vans Warped Tour in 2007. On their Summer 2006 Twilight Army Tour, the band threw glowing fluorescent beach balls into the crowd. The band's On Letting Go tour included a silent film projected above the band.
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|| "Act Appalled"
|| The Inuit Sessions |
|| "Act Appalled"
| "In Fear and Faith" |
|| "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose"
||On Letting Go
|| "In the Morning and Amazing" |
- Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler – 2004 (2004) – "Handshakes At Sunrise"
- Equal Vision Records Winter Sampler – 2004 (2004) – "Handshakes At Sunrise" (Alt. Version)
- Equal Vision Records Presents New Sounds Vol. 2 – 2005 (2005) – "Act Appalled", "The Great Golden Baby"
- Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2005 (2005) – "The Great Golden Baby"
- Equal Vision Records Spring Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2006 (2006) – "Act Appalled"
- Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2007 (2007) – "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose"
- "Julian (Acoustic)"
- "Miracle Sun (Studio Recording)"
- "1,000 Witnesses (On Letting Go B-Side)"
- "The Most Dangerous Commercials (On Letting Go B-Side)"
- Note: "Julian" was played at EVR headquarters in New York.
- Note: "Miracle Sun" studio recording was streamed via Equal Vision Records Summer Sampler (Digital Sampler) – 2007
- Note: "1,000 Witnesses" was made available exclusively for the Invisible Children benefit.
- Note: "The Most Dangerous Commercials" was made available exclusively by donating to help move Siren Records located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
- "Act Appalled" (Live Montage) (2005) from Juturna
- "Act Appalled" (2006) from Juturna
- "In Fear And Faith" (Live Montage) (2006) from Juturna
- "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose" (2007) from On Letting Go