Circa Survive Announces New EP, ‘A Dream About Death’, Shares ‘Electric Moose’ Video
Last year, about survive released the new EP A dream of love, one of the best (generic term) punk EPs of the year and one of the most drastic musical departures Circa Survive has ever made. “We were all recognizing that we wanted to try something different with the band,” the frontman said. Anthony Green told us in an interview on the EP. “In the last writing cycle, I feel like we got really close to this shit, and I don’t know if we had confidence in ourselves that we could do whatever we wanted. And it really came down to : the people who keep the band alive and supporting it have made it clear over the years what we collectively love as a band and what we love to play – they’ll acknowledge that one way or another, and it comes across reflected in what people want to hear, and it makes this circular thing happen between us and them. I think we wanted to be a little bit more daring and try to do things that we all really love, and we don’t “We didn’t really think about whether or not it fit our catalog. We all wanted to be as excited to play it as we were to listen to our new favorite band.
Regarding the decision to release an EP rather than a new full album, Anthony later added, “Honestly, I feel like I wanted the songs to have more of a chance to be heard. When you release ten songs on an album, there are maybe three or four tracks that everyone can hear, and then some people will never have the full experience. […] So maybe taking the load off and increasing the weight a bit was kind of a nice experiment to do, you know?”
“I think the idea would be to try to get the band to put out more music in a cohesive way rather than as big chunks in spaced out spaces,” he added. “It would be cooler to do fewer songs but to come out more often.” When asked if that meant more EPs were on the way, he replied “Probably, yeah”, and now, a few months later, Circa has already announced another one, the same title. A dream about death. The work is a variation on the theme of A dream of loveThe artwork of and first single “Electric Moose” continues the path that began on A dream of love. With a mix of reverb-infused atmosphere and buzzy, glitched synths, it strays even further from the classic Circa Survive than A dream of love was, it’s a great song, and it’s a pleasure to hear a veteran band like Circa Survive innovate in 15 years of career.
“I don’t know if even back then I had the ability to feel as excited as I do now,” Anthony said of the new direction, and you can feel that excitement showing through in the music. Watch the new video for the song, directed by Katharine White and featuring dancers Stephanie Kim and Kenzie McClure, below.
Circa recently had to postpone the first half of its blue sky sound anniversary tour with tiger jaw (who have just released the big I don’t care how you remember me) and Glo of the soul (who have just announced their long-awaited new album for Epitaph, Diaspora issueson which you can ride limited splash vinyl). The tour now begins on February 6 and includes a show in New York on 2/27 at Brooklyn Steel (tickets). The group is working to move the rescheduled dates (which include NJ’s Starland Ballroom) to this summer. Stay tuned for more information.
A dream about death releases February 4 via Rise (Pre-order).