Gig review: American rockers Circa Survive play Leeds
Sep 24 2010 by Nick Lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Artists: Circa Survive
Venue: The Cockpit 2, Leeds
Review by: Nick Lavigueur
AMERICAN rockers Circa Survive returned to the dark arches of Leeds for the first time since their 2004 debut.
A small group of hardcore fans had clearly been waiting for this day for a very long time as the whooping and sing-a-long action kicked off from the very first song.
The already baking hot room is filled with the Philadelphia five-piece’s customary wailing guitars and frontman Anthony Green’s howling vocals.
At £10 a ticket you’d have to be a committed fan to make the Thursday night trip out and from my vantage point at the back it seems that the medium sized venue is split 50/50 between devoted fans, shouting out song requests, and apathetic observers who’ve got in for free (guilty).
Charismatic frontman Green gets an A* for energy as he bounces off the walls and exchanges slightly abstract inter-track banter with the crowd.
The former Saosin singer’s powerful falsetto tones are juxtaposed with intricate guitars and a punchy backline, making for an almost overwhelming wall of sound.
The majority of songs in the hour long set follow the same pattern of building to a crescendo before exploding into a furious breakdown and then softly melting away.
While some tracks make you want to scream along in some kind of cathartic exercise in rock ‘n’ roll union, Green’s searing vocals sometimes cross the line into ‘please make it stop’ territory.
So in the end I was almost tipped from one side of the divide to the other, but not quite.