PropertyOfZack spoke with Anthony Green of Circa Survive two weeks ago at the final date of the band’s fall headlining tour and it turned into one of the best interviews we’ve had on the site in a long, long time. Anthony and I dug into the band’s new album, his view on record labels dying and not wanting to have to deal with them anymore, the release date of his new solo album and another one shortly after, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this one!
Tonight is the final date of the Circa Survive fall headlining tour. How were the month long set of dates?
The shows were awesome. They were so much fun. The last show we played was in a bar for like 800 people, and we’re going from a room like that to The Electric Factory. The whole tour has been like that. We’ve been playing tiny little markets that we never get to and places like this.
States, Maps And Atlases, and Sleeper Agent were the opening bands for this tour. How was it having them out every night?
Yeah, Maps And Atlases have been on the whole tour and Sleep Agent replaced States halfway through. Sleeper Agent is awesome, and States were great. Both bands managed to really open the show with a bang.
Are you guys treating this as part of the album cycle for Blue Sky Noise still, or has this just sort of been a tour for the fans?
This has been more for fans. We’re done with Blue Sky Noise. We’re 90% done writing the next album. Instead of disappearing for too long, we wanted to come and do a tour and hit places that we hadn’t gone to with Blue Sky Noise. It was partially because we missed a lot of cities and partially because we wanted to play before we hit the studio. We wanted to get that feeling of playing live before we hit the studio so when we go in there we have that energy still.
Is it nice to not be restricted to an album cycle on tour too?
Now we’re going to just stop doing the album cycle thing and just release as much music as possible. We’re not going to put any meaning into a cycle or album because we still come out and play tons of shit from our old records. I don’t like to look at it like working an album is online for free. It’s in-stores to buy and all that, but there’s no traditional way to fucking work a record cycle anymore. It’s like fuck it, you’re always on a record cycle. We’re going to do pre-production in a couple weeks with a buddy of ours. We’re going to go to California after to record.
You guys have played at least two new songs live. How have fans been reacting to them?
They’ve been going crazy for them, which is really weird. In the past when we play new songs people mostly just watched. The mood would go from a crazy crowd to just a crowd that watches. Now half the crowd watches and the other half dances. I think it’s because the songs are heavy and a little bit epic.
A year and a half later, are you happy with how the last record did?
Yeah, I’m really happy. I couldn’t be happier. It did what you want an album to do. You want to grow and you want to prove that you’re able to grow your fan base in an organic way that is all about being yourself. The band has a great aesthetic that we’re able to preserve and still grow. We’re more like the tortoise than the hair.
The first two records obviously did more than fine for the band, but was Blue Sky Noise the most positively received release yet?
It’s hard to say because we’ve never had backlash with a release. Maybe that’ll be this one.
It’s been stated before that the writing for Blue Sky Noise wasn’t a cake walk for the band due to various reasons. Was this more of the same or was it easier?
This was totally opposite. It’s never been like this before. For Blue Sky Noise, I couldn’t handle the band writing five minute songs with me putting vocals over them. I wanted the songs to be written around the vocals. So I was writing all these songs on an acoustic guitar and they were taking stuff and writing it around the vocals. I think from this last record, a majority of the songs were written by the band just jamming and I’d come in after they had ideas and I’d start writing with it. It’s exactly how Juturna got written. It went so fast. I wrote a bunch of stuff on acoustic too that we translated, but it just worked differently.
POZ: Is this the most stable it’s been?
Anthony: Yeah, I was way more involved and clear-headed. I wasn’t on any mental health medication and I didn’t have to deal with the mental health issues that came up during Blue Sky Noise. I was at least able to deal with them in a healthier and more productive way.
YES. YES, YOU BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT MAN. MAKE MORE MUSIC.
GOD. This guy is one of my favourite musicians in the fucking world. Sure, I love Darren Criss. Yeah, I would bodily attack someone to see Underoath live. You’d better believe that I find Pink Floyd to be one of the best bands ever.
Anthony Green tops it all, though.
I’ve loved every single music project he’s been involved in, be it Saosin, The Sound of Animals Fighting, or Circa Survive, something I definitely can’t say for Darren Criss. (No offense. I’m not as big on some of his Glee songs. I’m just not a fan of the style you inevitably get with Top 40 stuff and excessive autotune, even if the Warblers’ a capella make it more bearable.) (And YES YES YES, MAKE ANOTHER ALBUM LIKE JUTURNA. I put that on repeat for weeks and never got tired of it, it’s that good. Dammit, I’m going to go listen to it right now… After I finish listening to The Sound of Animals Fighting.)
His voice is just something I could never get over. It’s intriguing, it’s expressive as hell, it’s just beyond fucking words. That little beginning bit of Meet Me in Montauk? God. It was filled with more rainbows than the Rane fandom and we all know how crazy that is. It was as-close-to-“literally”-as-you’re-going-to-get-without-actually-being-literally sparkling with happiness and joy and an innocent, childlike glee. His lyrics are intricate and just flat out better than the large majority of the shit I hear that passes for music on a daily basis. Everything I’ve heard from him has had this life breathed into it. His music really means something. It has a depth to it.
One day, I will see him playing music live. That’s one of the things I have to do and that I’m going to fucking achieve.
So, YES. MORE MUSIC. DO WANT SO MUCH YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
That is all.
Man, I really hope Anthony Green never sees this.
That would be embarrassing as fuck. XD Sorry about the rant, man.