It would be very easy to dismiss this debut LP, from Liverpool band ‘Circa Waves’, as un-original. Indeed, the content of ‘Young Chasers’ could comfortably be compared to early albums from the likes of ‘The Pigeon Detectives’, ‘The Wombats’ and Dundee’s favourite sons ‘The View’. However, while there will obviously be the usual music-snobs who tell you that “indie is for kids .. it’s so 2005” and that “there is nothing new to be heard here” … we could not disagree more.
‘Young Chasers’ is quite possibly the most refreshing 40+ minutes of pure indie you’ll hear in 2015. Put aside all notions that this genre of music is twee, and belongs to 13-16 adolescent spotty teenagers, and enjoy 13 tracks of unapologetic indie-music that are breathtakingly vivacious from beginning to end.
In a nut shell it’s an album of festival anthems. Each track contains the sort of energy and chorus that will be adopted by indie fans old and new this summer. One can only imagine how these tracks transcend to a live audience if they sound this fresh and invigorating in digital format.
It’s almost impossible not to enjoy an album that is performed with such energy and cheerfulness. I would suggest that if the government wishes to fight the continuing growth of obesity in the UK then they pipe this album throughout the school classrooms, company tannoy systems and mainline railway stations the breadth of the country. It’s simply impossible to sit still when listening to the likes of ‘Fossils’, ‘My Love’ and the incredible ‘Good For Me’. Think of the calories this band could help you burn. In fact, I salute any man or woman who uses this as their gym playlist … the front covers of ‘Mens Health’ etc are yours for the taking.
There are no political messages hidden within the context of these tunes, and certainly nothing that will topple governments. What you’re given are lyrics of of love, fun and sunshine kissed summer days. It’s this simplicity (and good infectious tunes) that make this album so approachable.
There was another Liverpool based 4-piece band that started on a similar track. They ended up doing quite well for themselves, as memory recalls.
‘Young Chasers’ is out not on Virgin EMI Records.
The full track-listing for ‘Young Chasers’ is as follows…
‘Good For Me’
‘Stuck in my Teeth’
‘The Luck Has Gone’
‘Talking Out Loud’
Circa Waves are currently on tour promoting ‘Young Chasers’. You can see them at one of these following venues…
8th April 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
9th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
10th April 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
11th April 2015 – Liverpool O2 Academy
13th April 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14th April 2015 – Birmingham Library
16th April 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Room
17th April 2015 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
18th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz