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Circa Survive Live at Wonder Ballroom, Portland

Circa Survive

With 10 years of energetic shows and 5 full-length studio albums under their belt, Circa Survive has been removed from obscurity for some time now. They no longer fall into the “oh, you’ve probably never heard of these guys” hipster-shit category. If you enjoy alt-rock, then you know Circa Survive. Celebrating the highly anticipated fifth studio album Descensus, Circa Survive are touring the US now until the end of the year, and I couldn’t be more excited. (The album is available now on iTunes and Google Play.) Circa Survive promised that this would be one of their heaviest albums ever, and they did not disappoint. The pioneering track of the album, “Schema”, has a gritty, angry sound that ferociously explodes out of the gate. The track is accompanied by a slightly disturbing music video (in tradition with their other videos) of the band’s front-man, Anthony Green, duking it out with a deranged man-baby in a boxing ring. After listening to their new album a couple of times, I was eager to see these guys on stage again.

The Wonder Ballroom was packed and prepped for the show. Circa took the stage and the crowd erupted into celebration. Their set opened with the track “Through The Desert Alone” – a powerful and dynamic track that features heavy, driving percussion and thoughtful, ethereal guitar and vocals. Next up was “Strange Terrain” – a dance-trance-inducing rock piece from Blue Sky Noise. A couple of songs later, just as Circa Survive was really starting to hit their stride, a projector began firing at the stage to add huge production value to the otherwise humble (in terms of a rock show) venue. The vigorous show mellowed out for just a few psychedelic moments with songs like “Kicking Your Crosses Down” ,“Suitcase” and “Frozen Creek” to let the crowd catch their breath. The set was wrapped up with “Child Of The Desert”, a 5/4 piece that has a downright explosive ending. It’s become customary for bands to exit the stage and then return for an encore, so it was rather expected when they came back to finish off the set with their powerhouse hit “Get Out”. What was not expected, however, was when Anthony Green stage-dived and proceeded to crowd surf through the entire venue to the rear exit, at which point he took his own advice from the song and literally “got out”.

Watching Circa Survive play is always a memorable experience, and personally I will always be a fan. Their stage chemistry and drive to create new content has been inspiring for a large chunk of my life.

 

Setlist

“Through The Desert Alone”
“Strange Terrain”
“Sharp Practice”
“Semi-Constructive Criticism”
“Schema”
“Glass Arrows”
“Fever Dream”
“The Greatest Lie”
“Suitcase”
“Kicking Your Crosses Down”
“In Fear And Faith”
“Stop The Fucking Car”
“Only The Sun”
“Frozen Creek”
“The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In The Dose”
“Child Of The Desert”
 
Encore
“Get Out”
 
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Tour Dates

11/05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/06 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
11/11 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
11/14 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
11/15 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
11/20 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/21 Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
11/23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
11/24 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/26 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
11/28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
11/30 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
12/02 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
12/03 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
12/04 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom
12/06 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
12/07 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
12/09 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/10 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
12/12 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ SouthEnd
12/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
*PIANOS (11/28-12/14)
 

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