Circa Waves debut album Young Chasers was an essential summer road trip album and their sophomore effort Different Creatures is no different. It’s best experienced with windows down, wind flowing through your hair while singing the lyrics at the top of your lungs.
The Liverpool lads have created another great album filled with everything from upbeat indie rock, to slow and sombre ballads. It’s obvious Circa Waves have taken some time to work on their sound, with more of a heavy presence in their guitars than their previous album. The drums, at times, have you questioning how someone can even move their arms that fast and the bass lines are bouncy and catchy all at the same time.
The album starts off with the two lead singles off Different Creatures, Wake Up & Fire That Burns. These tracks perfectly display their change in direction with fast and heavy guitars showcasing their energetic side along with trademark catchy melodies and lyrics. Some slower more sombre tracks have also been thrown in for good measure. These songs are in quite a different ball park to what we’re used to hearing from the lads, but in no way are they lacking in quality…
Out On My Own stays true to the heavier sound that Circa Waves seem to be going for and Old Friends on the other hand ditches the heavy guitar altogether with a really chilled vibe to it. Love’s Run Out is a completely acoustic song. My favourite on the album is title track, Different Creatures. A catchy bass line and classic Circa Waves lead guitar make it a track that any indie-rock fan would love.
Different Creatures is out 10 March and I dare say we’ll be seeing them touring this way sooner rather than later.