Things are busy in the Circa Survive camp these days, but the Philadelphia prog rockers took some time to speak with Brooklyn-based music platform Baeble Music about their latest release, The Amulet. The group sat down to discuss the writing process and perform a trio of songs from the excellent album. Watch the 20-minute video below.
The group starts things off with a stripped-down version of "Lustration," the lead single off their sixth studio effort. With drummer Steve Clifford opting for an electronic drum pad, vocalist Anthony Green pushes his voice through a swirling mix of tension and falsetto across the six-minute track.
After discussing the fallout the band faced while creating their 2014 album Descensus, Green touches on how it served as an inspiration for their latest work. "The Amulet came out of the acceptance of who we are," he says. "There's some things you can change and there's some things you can't. And I feel like this record gives the idea of acceptance (and) resolve of hope."
Following "Lustration" is a performance of the penultimate track on The Amulet, "Flesh and Bone." The touching rendition has Green crooning over jangly chords, singing "Sentencing might be a glorious day/ We’re skipping the extra steps/ Avoid the arrangements and bury the change/ I’ll never be honest again."
Guitarist Brendan Ekstrom echoes Green's experience with writing the new record and the positive vibes while in the studio. "It feels really magical again, like it felt on the first record when we first went down into the basement and and started jamming," Ekstrom says. The group then plays the title track off the new record, fittingly ending with the lyrics, "you're always on your way out."