CIRCA Waves were the second headline act on The Atlantic Stage at Sound City in Liverpool on Sunday (May 29). Quays News entertainment reporter Natalie Rees went along…

Sound City is very special to Circa Waves. Not only is it held in their hometown of Liverpool, but it’s the home of the band itself, the place where frontman Kieran met band members Sam and Colin through mutual friends whilst working at the festival in 2013, before joining up with guitarist Joe a year later.

Since then, the band have gone on to become modern indie royalty, with their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ becoming the soundtrack to many summers.

“Liverpool, let’s see your hands!”

The four piece enjoyed a warm reception from the large crowd gathered beneath The Atlantic Stage, before leading into ‘Getaway’, released in 2013 and one which featured on their debut EP and subsequent album.

The delightfully rugged indie rock beats of ‘Good For Me’ followed, before Kieran confessed “it’s so good to be home!”

The trademark Circa Waves sound of ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ came next, the second single released and one which was featured as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ back in February 2014. ‘The Luck Has Gone’ fuelled the energetic set, whilst ‘Lost It’ proved to be the soundtrack to day turning into night, as Kieran pointed out “The sun’s going down! Bye Bye sun!” as the crowd continued to clap along.

The band played the title track of their album and summer staple ‘Young Chasers’, before a seeming slight shift of genre ensued, with the band flogging a darker and broodier sound. “Let’s dance to this next one” ‘Fossils’, the third track off the album, came after ‘Give Up’.

The charming and affectionate single ‘My Love’ led to dancing throughout the crowd, with many getting on others’ shoulders. Around 20 seconds before the end of ‘My Love’, the stage went black and the band could no longer be heard.

With a burst of technical assistants and stage directors flocking to the backstage area, the crowd were left for around half an hour, waiting for the Liverpool lads to return. The band burst back onto the stage and roared back into life, jumping straight into a cover of fellow Liverpool legends The Beatles.

‘Revolution’ was enjoyed by all ages in the crowd, after Kieran dedicated the performance “to Liverpool”. ‘T Shirt Weather’, crowd favourite and the song nearly as summery as the sun itself, concluded the set.

By Natalie Rees

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