From time to time an artist or band comes along that changes everything; they challenge the status quo and push the limitations on whatever style and genre they dive into. Originality in art and music is incredibly challenging, some would say is even close to impossible. How can anyone actually do something that hasn't been done? Or, at the very least, achieve a sound that is their own? Bands like Philadelphia's Circa Survive have achieved all of these things, making them something of an anomaly in the music industry. One listen to them will send any listener into a dream world. With singer Anthony Green's particular vocal style and range and the standout instrumentation of the rest of the band, Circa Survive have achieved a sound that is unlike any other band in the indie music scene.
Formed back in 2004 when Green decided to leave the band Saosin, which he also did vocals for, the band came together with former members of the bands This Day Forward and Taken. The band first released The Inuit Sessions EP in March of 2005, followed by their debut record Juturna in April of 2005, both on Equal Vision Records. Juturna became an instant classic for it's heavily experimental nature and heavy jazz and shoegaze influence.
In 2007, the band released their second record with Equal Vision Records, On Letting Go. Beating the "sophomore slump" theory, the record peaked at #24 on the U.S. Billboard 200, beating out Juturna which peaked at #183.
In 2009 the band announced that they would be recording a new record under a new label, Atlantic Records. Their third effort, Blue Sky Noise, was released in April of 2010 and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, their highest position to date. Their fourth record, Violent Waves, was self-released by the band in August of 2012, and their fifth record, Descensus, was released in November of 2014 under the label Sumerian Records.
The band has cited style influences from post-hardcore to progressive and experimental rock. Vocalist Anthony Green has stated such legends as Paul Simon and Bjork as major influences. Having such a wide range of influences shows in their music as it tends to weave through different styles and genres in an unpredictable way. And alongside the artwork done on all of their records by artist Esao Andrews, it's easy to close your eyes and get lost in their music.