INTERVIEW: Talking Out Loud with Circa Waves

Circa Waves have had a whirlwind ride since the release of their first album in 2015, and are determined to make it to the top.

Saskia Harper caught up with bassist, Sam Rourke, ahead of their sold out show in Glasgow, to chat new albums and Drake being an influence.

 How did you get into music when you were younger?

I didn’t get into music until I was a bit older, actually. I got a guitar when I was 16 so that was my introduction to it. I remember finishing college and thinking I’m either going to get a job, or I’m going to make a go of being in a band: I decided to go with the band because that seemed way more interesting.

The sound from your second album was quite different to your debut. What can fans expect from the third album?

It’s kind of all over the place, really. We were listening to all sorts when we were making it, like Drake and a lot of R’n’B and hip hop. It’s even more different than the last album, I think. We’ve tried to push the envelope completely and got rid of any expectations people had of us when we were recording. We wanted every song to be the best it could be, regardless of its style.

The UK tour has recently started, are you excited to being back on the road?

It’s just nice to get out of the house, to be honest, that’s what I’m enjoying the most! No, seriously, we’ve had a
lot of time off recently and it’s nice to just hang out together again. You forget how much fun it is being on the road all the time, and playing shows.

Why did you decide to do a more intimate run of shows before the album tour?

We just really missed it. When we started out, we spent six months to year of non-stop touring in smaller venues, and it’s a completely unique experience – when you’re that up-close and personal with the fans. When you get to do the bigger shows, the crowd is a little bit further away and you can’t see everybody. So, we missed the intimate shows and we had the best time doing those sweaty, raucous shows every night.

It’s been six years and the band’s still going strong – what do you think has been the key to your success?

I think maybe it’s the fact that it’s so genuine: we’re just really good friends who make music and get on really well, and I think that comes across.

Circa Waves are playing at The Barrowlands in Glasgow on 18 April. Their new album, What’s It Like Over There? is out now.

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