Circa Waves On New Album ‘Different Creatures’: ‘We want to prove that we’re future festival headliners’

The indie band is back, and frontman Kieran Shuddall has Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in his sights.

You might know Liverpool band Circa Waves as the indie scamps behind the infectious 2015 album ‘Young Chasers’, which featured the buoyant track ‘T-Shirt Weather’. Well, they’re back, and they are scamps no more. New single ‘Wake Up’ is revealed today, and an album, ‘Different Creatures’, due March 10, is full of bruising riffs and dark lyrics. We got frontman Kieran Shuddall on the phone to tell us all about it.


‘Different Creatures’ is kind of darker and in some places heavier that the last album. How did that come about?
“All of us wanted to make a massive change and bring in these different songs. We played indie songs before and I wanted to progress. The first album felt like a daytime record and this one’s based in the nighttime, if that makes sense. This one’s a lot more about the demons that I face – a lot of love, loss and anxiety. It’s also about the issues that everyone feels like they’re going through together at the moment. We’re in this weird time of change and everything has become different.”




Was this a conscious attempt to write bigger songs to will yourselves into becoming a bigger band?
“A lot of the first record was about restraint, and ‘Different Creatures’ is completely about letting loose. I just wrote the biggest song that I could. I like to think this will show people that we can be huge headliners, and that we can push ourselves in a completely unobstructed way. We want to prove to people that we’re future headliners. I want to headline them all: Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds.” “I honestly don’t think anyone has made a rock record like this in a long, long time. There have been a lot of bands coming out with stuff claiming that guitar music is back. People have been quite fumbling around that idea, whereas we’ve just gone straight to the point and made on the biggest guitar records of 2017, easily. When people start to hear that, they’ll start to talk and be like, “They are the future rock music.” It may seem arrogant, but that’s the confidence I’ve got in this record. I believe in our music and in our band. We are one of the best live bands and this is one of the best rock records.”


You toured Australia with The 1975 last year. It must have been fascinating to see how they whip their fans into a frenzy
“Yeah, it was really interesting. It makes you realise that how much people care about the artists, and how wanting to get a picture with the band massively overtakes listening to the record. Which I guess has always been the case, but it makes you slightly cynical because as an artist you want would love to think it’s all about the art. But unfortunately it’s not; it’s about the whole package. And Matt Healy evidently has the package to being a huge pop band. The 1975 have done it and they’ve done it unashamedly, which I think is a good thing. But I don’t think I would want that kind of thing.”




You’ve also toured with The Libertines. Did Pete and Carl give you any good advice about being a massive band?
“Carl always went out of his way to speak to us, and I remember asking how he wrote one of his tunes, and he said he find inspiration by listening to old gypsy songs. The last time I saw Carl was in Mexico. We were on the back of a golf buggy he was doing an impression of Jools Holland saying, “Circa… Waves!”.”



Are you worried at all that fans of the scrappy, indie sound of the your first album might be alienated by the new material?

“If you don’t like big guitars and that, you will struggle a bit, but the old ways are still massively in there. If you don’t like it, you can just listen to the old tracks over and over again. Catering yourself to people is never good for your art. You can’t just try and do what people want, because we’ll just live in a grey world. ‘Wake Up’ is gonna push some people away, but it’s going to introduce us to a whole new audience. We’ve got to keep moving forward. It’s boring staying in the same place.”