Great songs aren’t perfectly polished. They depend on hooks that grab the listener from their opening chords.
And being grabbed by the songs is the real strength of Liverpool indie band Circa Waves’ debut album Young Chasers.
Its first track, Get Away, opens with a simple yet catchy guitar riff.
But it swiftly moves on. Lead guitarist and singer Kieran Shudall’s voice bursts into the song, singing, “Oh, my heart is torn up”.
His powerful and melodic voice and the four-piece band’s instruments riff off each other throughout.
It comes through in layered harmonies on the album, but loses none of this tension in concert.
The song T-Shirt Weather opens with the guitar humming along to the melody. It builds in intensity, until the rest of the band jump in.
It fits perfectly with 80s and 90s Britpop—jangling guitars and sometimes wry lyrics which give passing commentary.
They’re about love—and when its falling apart—finding your way, but also about having fun.
While Circa Waves have only been going since 2013, they’ve built up a solid following.
The fans’ passion recalls a movement described in music journalist Michael Azerrad’s book, Our Band Could be Your Life, which profiled 80s US “indie” bands such as Sonic Youth and Black Flag.
These bands didn’t find much mainstream success, but had long lasting following.
People could feel part of their music.
As Shudall said, “You buy into ‘that band’. You believe you’re in the gang. I want anyone who listens to our music to feel that.”
Circa Waves music is different. But if Young Chasers achieves anything, it certainly does that.