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Circa Survive

Circa Survive: The Inuit SessionsThe Inuit Sessions (2005)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: DukDuk
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With this 4-song EP, Circa Survive gives us a nice glimpse at what is in store when they release their first full-length Juturna on April 19th. Featuring members of defunct legends This Day Forward and Saosin, Circa Survive provide an intense, masterful distraction from the headbanging and the clich.
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With this 4-song EP, Circa Survive gives us a nice glimpse at what is in store when they release their first full-length Juturna on April 19th. Featuring members of defunct legends This Day Forward and Saosin, Circa Survive provide an intense, masterful distraction from the headbanging and the clich├ęd mosh. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing I like more than a pulverizing breakdown.

This is a nice break from the kinetic frenzy that is hardcore punk rock, though. The music ebbs and flows naturally, often experimenting with thoughtful, dreamy indie hard rock with powerful post-hardcore crecendos. The guitars and bass weave in and out with the vocals and drums creating emotional songs that will fill the listener with introspective thought. Oh, there's some heavy riffage here that you'll find yourself bobbing your head to no doubt...and the references to emotional post-hardcore are quite obvious, but these songs are mainly slow to mid tempo dreamscapes capable of lifting you off your feet to a place far from the violence that plagues hardcore today. Every now and again they'll sneak in a little, subtle breakdown that gets the heart pumping.

Aside from the drumming and the stringed backbone, it's the vocals that truly stand out here. Anthony Green (ex-Saosin singer) has a voice unlike anything you have heard before. His soaring vocals remind me of a cross between the melodic crooning and yelling of At The Drive-In's Cedric Bixler and a tripped out Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell. There are times when you don't know if an adult male is singing or an 11-year-old girl...and it sounds amazing.

This will, of course, get labelled as emo by the masses, but make no mistake about it, this rocks in a big way. Post-emo, post-hardcore, Post-cereal. You can call it whatever you want. All 4 songs are different enough to make you want to hear more. This is a huge breath of fresh air at a time where repetitiveness reigns supreme. Circa Survive are for real and as far as I'm concerned, April 19th can't come soon enough.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 11, 2006)

The first few songs on this albums are okay. but after repeated listening to this.... its quite poopy.

Anonymous (May 10, 2005)

amazing album

Anonymous (April 12, 2005)

It looks like if your band is signed to Equal Vision, Duk is going to give you a good review?!

bizzlebrizzle (March 22, 2005)

Yeah, 7 Seconds too, but I was just naming newer bands.

Although for this guy I don't think 7 Seconds has that "dead-end" sound...

ElVaquero (March 22, 2005)

7 Seconds?

bizzlebrizzle (March 22, 2005)

"Paint It Black
Kid Dynamite
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
From Ashes Rise
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Avail
Strike Anywhere"- those are all great bands.....but i just dont see them as hardcore punk, they aren't dark (and by dark i don't mean gothic, makeup crap- i just mean angry and "dead-end" sounding, if that makes sense) enough......just my opinion.

Have you ever heard Paint It Black, Cursed, Kill Your Idols, From Ashes Rise or Strike Anywhere(FROM ASHES RISE AND CURSED ESPECIALLY!)

Seriously, I don't think the dead-end aspect was as important to hardcore punk, I mean all those bands are angry as shit, I mean yeah, bands like Avail and Kid Dynamite are both angry and fun, but seriously I don't know what you want these bands to do for you.

Anyways, try Career Suicide, they sound like they're RIGHT out of the 1980s.

BrandonSideleau (March 22, 2005)

"Paint It Black
Kid Dynamite
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
From Ashes Rise
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Avail
Strike Anywhere"- those are all great bands.....but i just dont see them as hardcore punk, they aren't dark (and by dark i don't mean gothic, makeup crap- i just mean angry and "dead-end" sounding, if that makes sense) enough......just my opinion.

Anonymous (March 22, 2005)

Worst comment thread ever after a good review. Great band with great things to come.

bizzlebrizzle (March 22, 2005)

Jesus freak

I sure as hell hope this wasn't directed at me.

Anonymous (March 21, 2005)

the word gay originally meant happy, it turned into meaning homosexual. this doesn't mean all gay people are happy. it has now turned into meaning something lame or bad, this does not mean that the person even thought about homosexuals while using it. Stop being so fucking politically correct, it's stupid.

Anonymous (March 21, 2005)

Jesus freak

bizzlebrizzle (March 21, 2005)

You're way too black and white with everything. When Political Correctness tells you what you can and cannot say it is obviously limiting free speach. And anyone lame enough to not say something for fear of offending someone is truely not a free-thinker.

And with the racism thing that's you being black and white again(no pun intended). People like you never take in to account the enviornment people grew up in, they never take in to account the economic factors, instead you just assume all racists are dispicable people, I'm not defending racism, I'm just saying that not every racist is the monster you make them out to be.

I'm pretty sure I can outlast you in this debate, so if you wanna keep going I'm game.

elvisdechico (March 21, 2005)

benny, i don't use those words, either... sorry...

and how does political correctness/awareness limit free speech? if you had a 6th grade vocabulary, you could find alternate words or phrases to describe anything... and if you weren't ignorant to begin with, it would require no conscious effort to seek out said words and phrases... you would just not introduce them into your vocabulary... get it?

and now you're defending racism? yikes

if you want to continue this discussion, i'm open to the idea, as long as you don't resort to name-calling... otherwise, you can have the last word! enjoy!

bizzlebrizzle (March 21, 2005)

In my political sociology class we were talking about how the only people you can safely make fun of anymore are white trash.

Which itself is bullshit.

Those people have gotten the short end of the stick just as much as blacks have through out history. But instead everything is pitted as black against white rather than poor against rich(damn I'm sounding like the begining of The System Works For Them), but seriously, I mean, why are these people racist? Because they know nothing else. I mean when you're raised only knowing racism, especially coming from your parents who are a huge influence on you, what else are you going to be except for racist? And I mean these people on our supposed value system(because our society always associates the value of someone's life with how much they earn) are basically at the bottom of the barrel they have nothing else to keep them from the bottom except for being white.

IF ANY GROUP IN AMERICA DESERVES TO BE JOKED ABOUT FREELY IT IS RICH WHITE ANGLO SAXON MALES.

ElVaquero (March 21, 2005)

In my political sociology class we were talking about how the only people you can safely make fun of anymore are white trash.

bizzlebrizzle (March 21, 2005)

I can't see how this is a "break" from hardcore punk...since there hasn't been a Hcpunk release in years.

Because bands like:

Paint It Black
Kid Dynamite
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
From Ashes Rise
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Avail
Strike Anywhere

All don't exist right? I can name a lot more if you'd like.

Bosco (March 21, 2005)

I can't see how this is a "break" from hardcore punk...since there hasn't been a Hcpunk release in years.
Paint it Black's newest wasn't hardcore enough for you?

Anonymous (March 21, 2005)

one time at the chance in poughkeepsie ny, the singer dude from saosin got wrapped up in his mic cord, and the guitarists cord. he spun around and fell over. truly hilarious. he got pissed after the song when the crowd was laughing and heckling his ass. i think his girls jeans kept him from being able to escape the mass of wires.
-TOBB

BrandonSideleau (March 21, 2005)

I can't see how this is a "break" from hardcore punk...since there hasn't been a Hcpunk release in years.

Anonymous (March 21, 2005)

he still is

bizzlebrizzle (March 21, 2005)

Is Anthony Green actually gay? or bi? or Morrissey?

Morrissey was definitely gay.

bizzlebrizzle (March 21, 2005)

PC is a bad thing, it's thought control and it limits free speach.

Go suck on a fucking dick, seriously, I'm not homophobic but more and more I'm just sick of obnoxious straight people that are pro-gay rights. I'm pro-gay rights but I can't stand someone who's straight telling me about how much I opress people when I use gay as a descriptor. For that matter you better not be using the terms "Gip" or "Ghetto" because both of those are very derrogitory to certain groups of people.

Little known fact: Getting "Gipped" is a derrogatory term for Gypsys who are a widely opressed group of people.

Yeah, fuck off.

elvisdechico (March 21, 2005)

score is for bizzlebrizzle who doesn't realize that there is no excuse for using gay and faggot as derogatory terms (even by homosexuals), for assuming that i like anti-flag, and for implying that political correctness is a bad thing...

Anonymous (March 20, 2005)

Is Anthony Green actually gay? or bi? or Morrissey?

Anonymous (March 20, 2005)

Hey ELFoolio...When I submitted the review it was in one big paragraph. The guys who run the site added the breaks. Great bunch of guys and fine editors too. Anyway...not sure I was "sucking cock" in the review, that was a funny comment by you. I was actually trying for the "bang in the ass" type of review but I fell short. Homophobes are so cool. Sorry you didn't like the review...maybe next time.

Anonymous (March 20, 2005)

Not cool to dis the King, baby!

Anonymous (March 20, 2005)

Score is for Elvis.... Any kind of Elvis. Impersonators, people who put the very word in their usernames....

-Chinatown

bizzlebrizzle (March 20, 2005)

And not only that, but I wasn't using gay to mean that Saosin was bad, I meant that those guys truely appear to be fucking flamers to me, just like all their fucking fans.

bizzlebrizzle (March 20, 2005)

Score is for PC cock suckers like elvisdechico who assume that people that use words like gay and fag are homophobic. I guess that means most of the gay guys that live on my dorm floor are homophobic as well since they regularly use those words.

Just because Anti-Flag says something doesn't make it true.

Anonymous (March 20, 2005)

I just gotta say something bout this band becuz I'm a big Saosin and This Day Foward fan and i gotta say the combination kiks ass...great album i cant wait till april 19

elvisdechico (March 20, 2005)

score is for bizzlebrizzle, for a failed attempt at covering up his homophobia/lack of vocabulary...

InaGreendase (March 19, 2005)

That first paragraph break is my fault. I couldn't really decide where the first sentence of that second 'graph belonged. It was originally tacked onto the end of the first but I moved it out of unsureness.

ElVaquero (March 19, 2005)

About the review in particular: the break between the first and second paragraphs is just bad. Straight up bad. Also, you suck a little too much cock during the review, doesn't help the credibility. Lastly, saying that the vocalist is unlike anything ever and then comparing him to two other vocalists is pretty hilarious.

Keep working on your technique and proofreading and you might one day be passable.

Anonymous (March 19, 2005)

Oops! I meant this score!

Anonymous (March 19, 2005)

I saw these guys in Tempe, AZ last Sunday and I picked up the EP. They were pretty damn good, but there was something wrong with the mic and Green was drowned out by the instruments most of the time. Before Today was there also. Their drummer beats the shit out of his skins, man he is good. And Gatsby's American Dream, who were better than I expected them to be musically. They were the smoothest and cleanest musically. But the real stars of the show were Bear vs. Shark. Now those guys kicked ass! They fuckin' ripped! No other band got those stiff necked high schoolers to move at all. That dude was up on the walls, out in the crowd, flopping around. Great show by an energetic band. Scary Kids Scaring Kids closed out the show and they were the weakest in my opinion, although still descent, just not nearly as interesting as the others. My score is for this EP, which is damn good and BvS. If they come to your town or anywhere near you better get out there and check 'em.

bizzlebrizzle (March 19, 2005)

Score is for the New Mexican Disaster Squad song called, "If You Don't Have Something Mean To Say Don't Say It At All"

bizzlebrizzle (March 19, 2005)

Hey brizzle, using gay to infer that something is bad creates linguistic link between homosexuality and something being inferior, unwanted, or "bad". Just a heads up, maybe stop using it, and say that something sucks in the future.

I know, but it's just fun to piss PC people on this message board off by doing it.

Score is for Fuzzy who can't tell that I'm joking.

ElVaquero (March 19, 2005)

Taken is probably better than these guys but I'll try it out.

Anonymous (March 19, 2005)

tdf ARE legends.....so is TAKEN, or better yet, were.....everyone fails to mention that after taken broke up, nick beard joined up with these guys.

Anonymous (March 19, 2005)

you know i'm bad, i'm bad, you know it

Anonymous (March 19, 2005)

Anthony Green is a great singer, I've loved every band he's been in... Zolof, Saosin, Circa Survive, and TSOAF.

elvisdechico (March 19, 2005)

score is for fuzzy... and also for circa survive, who are super cool dudes

slippy (March 19, 2005)

The score is for This Day Forward. I am wearing a TDF hoodie right now.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

oh shut up

Fuzzy (March 18, 2005)

Hey brizzle, using gay to infer that something is bad creates linguistic link between homosexuality and something being inferior, unwanted, or "bad". Just a heads up, maybe stop using it, and say that something sucks in the future.

bizzlebrizzle (March 18, 2005)

sounds gay as hell, especially if it has someone from Saosin, the gayest band in the world(Even gayer than Limp Wrist!)

This Day Forward was good though, reminds me a lot of Converge.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

Although maybe you're not saying they are defunct, just This Day Forward. Maybe that's just the way I'm reading it.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

Saosin is not defunct...Although I doubt they will be able to recapture what they had without Anthony Greene.
Good review, makes me want to check this album out (which I was previously questionable on).

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

nice short review.

OverDefined (March 18, 2005)

excellent review

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

I was really impressed by this EP. The hook for the chorus of "act appalled" is so goddamn catchy, it's ridiculous. I had my doubts about these guys before (having only heard the demo version of "handshakes at sunrise", don't get me wrong the song is alright, but not amazing), but this EP really has me looing forward to their full length.

I don't know why but Anthony Green's melodies on this remind me of Maura Davis' melodies w/ Denali and Bella Lea. That's a good thing.

-Josh

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

"Post-emo, post-hardcore, Post-cereal."

thats the best thing ive read all morning

inagreendase (March 18, 2005)

This is pretty good as expected, but the constant Mars Volta comparisons make a little more sense now.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

As much as I loathe most of this whiny-vocaled sing/scream stuff, I must say that I really like Green's voice in every project he's worked with. The Sound of Animals Fighting album would have been awesome if it weren't for the interludes.

bemused (March 18, 2005)

In Response was great, and the Translating ...EP was also great. So, this should be great in theory

-Chris-

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

Words can't even describe how good this band is.

maverick (March 18, 2005)

Did anyone see these guys with Tsunami Bomb and Somerset? I heard they were amazing at those shows.

-Scott

boldredletters (March 18, 2005)

this almost reads like a press sheet

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

that was me btw.

-Costanza

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

A) I would hardly call This Day Forward and Saosin "legends", even if I was a fan of Saosin.

B) There are times when you don't know if an adult male is singing or an 11-year-old girl...and it sounds amazing.

That was hilarious.

All in all though, I'm curious.

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