Young Liverpudlians Circa Waves are not going to win any awards for pushing back the boundaries. But they might just win some for stylishly reinventing rock’s ‘four men with guitars’ wheel.
Traditional songcraft and exuberant playing is clearly Circa Waves trump card.
The band created a buzz back in 2013 with their debut single Get Away which helped earn them a slot on the prestigious NME Awards tour.
Since then singles Fossils and So Long have whetted the appetite for their debut long player.
From the word go it fizzes with youthful enthusiasm and is powered along by big hooks and choruses.
Kieran Shudall is both singer and songwriter – his vocals are pleasant enough but lack a bit of character, but his songwriting is already first class.
He revealed: “Circa Waves songs are born out of huge frustration and a twisted nostalgia. Leaving school at 16, working low paid jobs, playing in bands and not even registering on anybody’s radar. That’s why the album now is talking about those experiences.’’
At times the band – Shudall, Sam Rourke (bass), Colin Jones (drums) and Joe Falconer (guitarist) – sound like the Strokes’ kid brothers (no bad thing) but such is the potential you’d expect them to shrug off any comparisons PDQ.
Their bright and breezy songs are perfect timed for the summer, so expect them to be a big hit on the festival circuit.