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Never Going Under

    Never Going Under is the band's highly anticipated fifth record, and the encapsulation of a continued upward trajectory for Circa Waves over the last decade. Becoming one of Britain's most influential and adored guitar bands, the four piece's dedication to constantly developing their sound has seen them secure increasingly high positions in the Official Album Charts, as well as amassing an army of dedicated fans.

    Speaking about Never Going Under, frontman Kieran Shudall says: "Never Going under speaks to that uniquely modern phenomenon of genuinely not knowing what type of world our kids are going to find themselves in in 30 years. Physically, environmentally, politically we are completely in the unknown. That scares us all but ultimately we know we can never give up on the future because how can you? The songs on the album are written differently from the previous work we've put out. They are written from the perspective of my son and also from my own current experience of the climate today. 

    Never Going Under is a snapshot of the fear we all feel today and the resilience we will need to get through it.”

    TRACK LISTING

    Never Going Under
    Do You Wanna Talk
    Hell On Earth
    Your Ghost
    Carry You Home
    Northern Town
    Electric City
    Want It All Today
    Golden Days
    Hold On
    Living In The Grey

    Circa Waves

    Sad Happy

      An album of our times, ‘Sad Happy’ is formed of two diametrically distinctive sides – the first half of the record contains the Happy tracks, the latter the Sad tracks. Lead single ‘Jacqueline’ is unveiled today as the first taste of ‘Sad Happy’. Listen here. An infectious, Soweto flavoured groove, ‘Jacqueline’ is another bold slice of bright, life-affirming pop from the pen of Kieran Shudall, who is establishing himself as one of Britain’s most prolific young songwriters. With it’s infectious chorus and refrain of ‘Good times are coming around the bend’, Jacqueline is at once instantly recognisable and also another bold sonic leap forward for Circa Waves. It’s a song that’ll sit effortlessly amongst a setlist already brimming with anthems.

      ‘Sad Happy’ was written and produced in full by Kieran Shudall, and mixed by Grammy winners Dan Grech-Marguerat and Matt Wiggins. Today’s album announcement comes a little over six months after the release of April’s Top Ten Charting UK Album ‘What’s It Like Over There’. The prolific nature of Kierans’ writing, coupled with Circa Waves relentless appetite for playing live and their own label imprint, are cementing the Liverpool four piece’s reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.

      TRACK LISTING

      1.Jacqueline
      2.Be Your Drug
      3.Move To San Francisco
      4.Wasted On You
      5.The Things We Knew Last Night
      6.Call Your Name
      7.Love You More
      8.Sad Happy
      9.Wake Up Call
      10.Sympathy
      11.Battered & Bruised
      12.Hope There’s A Heaven
      13.Train To Lime Street
      14.Birthday Cake

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      What’s It Like Over There?

        Recorded in just one month, and renewing their blossoming co-producing relationship with Alan Moulder (Foals, The Killers), What’s It Like Over There? is an album that’s creatively unshackled and refuses to stay still. It fuses the visceral thrill of rock music with a slick pop sound, its themes of modern ennui, emotional fragility and all the inside-outs and upside-downs of relationships making it a record that could only have been made now.

        Whilst the anthemic ‘Movies’ will appeal to the band’s long-standing fan base, the likes of ‘Sorry I’m Yours’ and ‘Be Somebody Good’ see Circa Waves experiment with a new progressive sound that will surprise and delight in equal measure.

        ‘Me Myself & Hollywood’ touches on the band’s love of R&B, whilst ‘Times Won’t Change Me’ is a piano-led, Beatles-inspired future hit. What’s It Like Over There? always manages to sidestep genres and easy pigeonholing, but what remains constant is Circa Waves’ ability to create the kind of infectious music that is propelling them towards the top tier of British music.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Circa waves mix plaintive, delicate instrumental melodies with weighty, synth-led anthemic interludes. From the crisp, rhythmic vocal lines to distorted guitar-led euphoric indie, Circa Waves have a firm handle of melody, and a brilliantly produced mix of delicacy and heaviness.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 What’s It Like Over There?
        2 Sorry I’m Yours
        3 Times Won’t Change Me
        4 Movies
        5 Me, Myself And Hollywood
        6 The Way We Say Goodbye
        7 Be Somebody Good
        8 Passport
        9 Motorcade
        10 Saviour

        Co-produced by Alan Moulder (The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins), ‘Different Creatures’ is the grittier, ‘night time’ counterpart to the breezy summer vibes of its Top 10 predecessor ‘Young Chasers’, exuding a newfound swagger. Shaped by Kieran’s perceptive songwriting ability to reflect his disenchantment with the changes he sees in the world, ‘Different Creatures’ showcases a louder and more vital band, nudging their sonic palette into a territory shared with rock heavyweights such as Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: As anthemic as soaring skate-punk but formed with a deft appreciation for the importance of variety and excitement, 'Different Creatures' segues skillfully between the fist-pumping highs of a good chorus and the nuanced construction required to bring disparate elements together into an engrossing but accessible whole.


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