A father, a successful musician and a respected member
of the music industry. One would think these adjectives would describe
someone clocking in at an age of about 35-40 years old. But this time
the words fall on a young man at the strapping age of 28. That name,
Anthony Green. His role with Circa Survive has taken
him to whole new levels in his career. But most recently it took him
to Kansas City.
With a pen and paper in hand, Anthony sketched a piece of art that
would soon be auctioned off that night to a lucky fan. And while the
creative juices flowed we started on the most recent news to hit the
Circa waves, the Appendage EP. With the newest album Blue
Sky Noise having been on the digital shelves less than a year,
it was surprising to hear another set of songs being promoted. But
it turns out the EP was in the plans all along, "When we went
into the studio we thought it would be a good idea to record a whole
bunch of songs and we had the idea that we wanted to do this EP. We've
always just done the albums. And we really wanted to release some
new music halfway through the new album. So we went to the label and
we're like 'Hey, we wanna just release this. We wanna not say anything
about it for a long time, we wanna just put it out'." Now normally
a label can't turn an album as fast as musicians would like. "Usually
they need about 3 months to set up something like that. But they were
like 'Sure, we'll see if it works'. So they gave us 3 weeks instead."
This all begged the question - what does a Circa album sound like
that was put out in 3 weeks? Well according to Anthony, "It's
a lot like a shorter version of Blue Sky Noise in my mind.
It's weird, there are a couple songs that aren't weird, but there's
a lot on there that are weird."
Alright, so Appendage was more of a slam-bam-thank-you-ma'am
album, but Blue Sky Noise, from the beginning, was a well thought
out, expertly timed piece of work. However, with the success of On
Letting Go, curiosity perked on how the newbie compared to its
predecessor. "I don't think it really does. We did a lot of things
different with it; we took a lot more time writing it. We got a producer
that was different. I took more time writing lyrics and songs."
With the lack of effort it takes a band to fall into the same routine
with albums, it made this one that much more important to Anthony,
"It makes me really proud that we're able to be a band that does
stuff that's versatile."
We've established that Blue Sky Noise is the band taking a
new look at their writing and level as musicians. But while doing
research on the recent release, one might come across its current
seat on the charts - #11. This is the highest a Circa Survive album
has ever ranked. Is this album the result of the band finally figuring
themselves out? Or is it the maturity coming through in their talent?
With this question, I seemed to stump the lead singer. "That's
a really good question, 'cause I don't know. I really don't know whether
it's the label or I think it's just that the album's really good in
my opinion. We've been doing this for a long time and we've been touring
for a long time and building a fanbase on our own, without relying
on songs on the radio or videos on MTV or anything like that. I think
when you do that you take 5 or 6 years to tour and talk to people
and at the same time you're creatively staying true to yourself by
playing and writing the songs that you love, or trying to be something
you're not. I think it just ends up working out."
So what if it means that this is the equation coming together for
Circa? Again, stumped... "Maybe, I think these days with the
way the record industry is, there isn't really much of an equation
behind things anymore, so it's hard to figure out what works and what
doesn't. Back in the day, I think it used to be, get a single, put
a video on MTV, get a bunch of radio stations to play a song and then
boom, you sell a million records. I think everyone wants to feel like
they're a part of some exclusive thing with the music they love and
it kinda sucks for the artist sometimes, who wants to break out of
any kind of exclusivity and touch as many people as possible. Touch
their butts." Yes, he did just say that.
Part of the equation has to at least be the chance to do things not
normally part of a band's persona. For Anthony this means kicking
the live shows up a notch with things flying through the air and assorted
costumes. But more specifically it seems to be a means of escape for
the musician. Escape in the form of a dress? "I used to just
love Nirvana a lot and I loved when Kurt Cobain used
to come out wearing a dress. It changes the dynamic of 'Oh, you're
supposed to be some tough guy', I don't like that. I like the idea
of changing the whole gender relationship between what you're expecting
and what's actually going to happen." The dresses are just a
little window into Anthony and how being on stage has changed him.
"I have very little in common with the person who goes on stage
and sings songs and myself. It's almost like an alter-ego."
Now alas, for the KC show there was no dress. The weather was not
very forgiving for bare legs. However there were things flying through
the air. These additions took the show to that next level. They also
seemed to turn each fan into a joyful child. Now for those fans of
Anthony specifically, they would know he has recently been exploring
a solo gig or two. But rest assured, his main focus remains with Circa
Survive. "I don't know how it's going to work this time, but
I know I want to spend a lot more time with Circa. My next solo record
is essentially done. It's going to be really fun. But then Circa is
going to hit right after it's released." With the huge response
Blue Sky Noise is getting, it's comforting to hear the words
"a lot more time with Circa".
Anthony Green is quickly becoming a household name. His talents as
a vocalist and all around musician have gained him great respect and
the incredible music he works with Circa Survive to create will keep
fans flowing in from all directions for a long time.
photo by BaylieMarie
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