Circa Survive celebrates the 10th anniversary of 'On Letting Go'The Orange County Register — Kelli Skye Fadroski The Orange County Register
Feb. 17--A decade ago rock band Circa Survive released its sophomore album, "On Letting Go," on Equal Vision Records.
Back then, the Pennsylvania-based quintet was touring with bands such as My Chemical Romance, Rise Against, Saves the Day, Motion City Soundtrack and Orange County's Thrice. It had also been afforded the opportunity to perform at major festivals like the Bamboozle on the East Coast, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio and endured a stint on the summer-long Vans Warped Tour.
It was exciting, but seems a bit blurry now, vocalist Anthony Green admits during a recent phone interview, which is why, he added, it has been a pleasure to revisit the songs from "On Letting Go" during its current 10 year anniversary tour.
"It's such a cool exercise going back and sort of reliving the diary of that time in our lives," he said just before the band headlines the House of Blues in San Diego on Feb. 21 and 22 and the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angles on Feb. 24.
"I feel like we're better friends to each other than we've ever been," he continued. "There's so much more respect and communication going on now. As we've gone back and looked at where we were then, I mean, our lives have been just like everyone else and there's still drama and all of that, but going back 10 years and finding little things that pertained to each of our situations, now, it's almost like a little gift."
So far on the tour, Green said the band is very much living in the nostalgic moment with its fan base, which has been treated to the record played in its entirety, including a few surprises and songs that had never been performed in a live setting.
"We're also adding in songs that were cut off the original recording," he said, noting that a couple of those B-sides, "The Most Dangerous Commercials" and "1000 Witnesses," are available for download via the Circa Survive Bandcamp with all of the proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union.
"I think that it's really important right now for people to get organized and get educated in what's happening in this country and see how they can maybe get involved," he added. "I think that once young people get educated with what's happening, it will be an involuntary reflex to get involved and we're trying to make that easy for people by participating in this and we're trying to actually do something with our voice right now."
As he's sat with the decade-old material, Green said certain songs have definitely stood the test of time in his mind.
"With 'Semi Constructive Criticism,' that was a song that I was proud of when we wrote it and recorded it and when I go back and sing the line 'Set your mental alarm / You think it's safe to rely on' every night, I feel like someone is screaming that at me," he said. "I want to figure out what that means. All of them, really, have sort of shed their skin to take on a whole new meaning."
Circa Survive formed in 2004 shortly after Green split with his Orange County-based rock band, Saosin because of creative conflicts and was later replaced by vocalist Cove Reber. Green returned back East and met lead guitarist Colin Frangicetto. The duo began playing together and eventually rounded out the Circa Survive line-up with Brendan Ekstrom on rhythm guitar, Nick Beard on bass and Steve Clifford on drums. There are two things, Green insists, that have made Circa Survive last for as long as it has and that's the fact that everything, money and responsibilities, are split equally among its members and they've made taking care of each other priority over the business.
"I can honestly say that we're the happiest we've ever been," he said. "We also all have other things we do, too. If this were our only lover, for lack of a better term, it might get pretty boring. So we all get to go out and be free and when we come back to this, we have a renewed energy and appreciation for each other and it's exciting."
Green revealed that Circa Survive does have new music and will be working on putting out an album either early next year or at some point this year, though the band isn't in a rush at the moment. In 2014, Green mended fences with his former bandmates in Saosin and rejoined the group for a tour following Reber's departure. The band released "Along the Shadow" on Epitaph Records with Green on vocals last year and he said he'll continue to pull double duty as he's equally invested in both bands.
"Getting my issues sorted out with that band took a weight off of my shoulders that I couldn't begin to describe," he said. "I had so much guilt and resentment and all of us did, really, over the years over things that were said and done at that time. Coming back was so therapeutic and emotionally clearing for me and then making that album, it felt like something we were supposed to do a long time ago. I'm so grateful for those guys and to be able to say that I'm in that band. They're truly some of my best friends."
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