Circa Survive is a rock band consisting of vocalist Anthony Green and members of the now-defunct This Day Forward. Paul Simon, Dredg, and Björk are among the artists who have influenced the vocal stylings and songwriting in Circa Survive. Circa literally means «about» in Latin. So the literal meaning of the band’s name is «About Survival».
After going back to his hometown of Philadelphia for a dentist appointment, Anthony Green went to the airport to return to California to work with Saosin. However, while on a layover in Phoenix, he suddenly had an epiphany - despite the fact that Saosin was close to breaking out, he knew he would be miserable if he returned. When asked about his decision to leave Saosin he stated, «I left primarily because I didn’t want to sign to a major label in that band,» instead wishing to branch away from Saosin’s more screamo background. He returned to Colin Frangicetto, a friend who he had «jammed» with during his stay, and they decided to begin recording and recruiting. Thus, Circa Survive was born. Colin Frangicetto and Anthony Green, with full support from Equal Vision Records, then recruited Brendan Ekstrom. Ekstrom had been Frangicetto’s bandmate in This Day Forward, which had recently disbanded. Both Ekstrom and Frangicetto had toured with Taken during their This Day Forward days, and procured Nick Beard, previous bassist of Taken, as Circa Survive’s next member. The band met Steve Clifford through Vadim Taver of the band Marigold; «Steve jammed with us for a week and from there it was on,» says Frangicetto.
Juturna, Circa Survive’s debut album, was released on April 29, 2005 in the United States and January 31, 2006 in Japan on Equal Vision Records. It was initially announced via the band’s Myspace page in November 2004. Details as to its sound remained vague, although the band stated they would keep their fans posted via their website, Myspace page, Purevolume page, and YouTube page. Shortly before its official release, the album was posted on their Myspace page in its entirety. Juturna reached #138 on the Billboard 200. The album was produced by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore. The band drew inspiration for the album from House of Leaves, The Boondock Saints, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
On Letting Go
On Letting Go is Circa Survive’s second album. Released on May 29, 2007 by Equal Vision Records, the album debuted at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 24,000 copies in its first week. It peaked at position #24. As of July 11, 2007, it has sold 51,357 copies in the US. The album was named «On Letting Go» because the band felt that they could somehow let go of all the emoness that they face everyday… As with previous albums, Esao Andrews designed the artwork and Brian McTernan produced the album.
Circa Survive now has many national tours under their belt. They toured in the winter of 2005 with My Chemical Romance and Thrice. That summer they co-headlined a tour. Circa Survive has also opened for Mae and Dredg on each of their headlining runs. Circa Survive played The Bamboozle Festival in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in New Jersey. They also played a few dates on The Vans Warped Tour in 2005. In early 2006, they took on a tour of Europe with Coheed and Cambria and Thrice, after having previously completed a tour in September 2005 with Motion City Soundtrack. They also toured with Saves The Day, Moneen, and Pistolita. In the summer of 2006, they embarked on their first headlining tour The Twilight Army Tour, with The Receiving End of Sirens, Days Away, Portugal. The Man, YouInSeries, and Keating. Then in fall of 2006, they went on tour with Thursday, Rise Against and Billy Talent. The band also played on the Rockstar Alternative Press Tour headlining with Cute Is What We Aim For, and with supporting acts As Tall As Lions and Envy on the Coast. In April 2007, Circa Survive played at the Coachella arts and music festival in Indio, California. In Summer of 2007, the band played the entire Vans Warped Tour alongside bands such as Coheed and Cambria, The Used, Anberlin, and Bad Religion. Circa Survive opened for My Chemical Romance’s 2007 shows in Worcester, MA and Australian and New Zealand shows also. Circa Survive completed touring with Ours, Fear Before The March Of Flames, with Dear and the Headlights, and The Dear Hunter in November 2007.The band is in the Kerrang! 2008 Tour with Madina Lake, Coheed and Cambria and Fightstar. It was announced on January 24th, 2008, that Circa Survive will be going on a Spring 2008 tour with Thrice and Pelican according to Thrice’s website