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For a singer, Anthony Green talks a lot. Lead singer of Circa Survive, Green’s casual shout-outs in the middle of his performances only enhance the band’s personal feel. He invites, almost demands, audience participation, and perhaps this is what gives their concerts their fiery liveliness.
After seven years, three albums and multiple tours with groups like My Chemical Romance, Circa Survive seems to have fully mastered balancing on-stage performances with audience interaction.
Even their mellower songs, such as the acoustic version of “Get Out,” feature a distinctive buzz, one that lifts members to their feet and pulls their hands into the air. But faster songs like “I Felt Free” represent the vigor of Circa Survive’s live performances, charging concerts with almost urgent beats and rhythms.
The more melodic sounds of States and Maps & Balances will balance Circa Survive’s electric sound.
States, the only group with a female singer, will reach out to those who prefer soothing songs. Their lyrics weave with the melody to form songs that recall warm summer nights, especially with songs like “Asleep.” Filling the audience with a feeling of melancholy calmness, they will add a softer mood to the concert.
Finally, Maps & Atlases will bring to the group performance a unique, folk sound. Comparable to Mumford and Sons, they feature husky vocals and bubbly rhythms, a sort that entices your feet to tap and your head to bounce along.
States, Maps & Atlases and Circa Survive’s concert at the Blue Note will resound with listeners even after they’ve left. Together, the three bands will synchronize their individual sounds and meaningful melody-lyric combinations to produce a performance that appeals to a large range of listeners and an even larger spectrum of human emotion.
By Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj