This Circa Waves article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Michael Liggins. Header photo by Laura Ruiz
A love of music can take you anywhere. Even to tiny little venues at the end of a dimly lit street in Berlin – a far cry from the pomp and circumstance of the UK’s O2 Academies, arenas and the like. But the graffiti-clad Comet Club – with no sign that it is any kind of venue at all, save for the tour posters that adorn one of the outside walls – is a gem. It is everything you want from a gig venue and nothing like you find in England. You’re even allowed to drink out of glass bottles.
The room itself, with a capacity of around 300, was not sold out for the visit of Liverpool’s Circa Waves; who go back to their roots when visiting the continent, unlike their sold out shows across the UK, namely filling London’s Brixton Academy a month previously.
But no matter what size crowd they play to, you know the amount of love in the room for this band will always be phenomenal. Circa Waves walked on stage; adorned with rapturous applause, screams and cheers – fitting for their last date of their tour of the UK and Europe.
With minimal on stage talking, the band rattled through a set list similar to that of their gigs back home. ‘Young Chasers’ has firmly cemented itself as the band’s opener; fierce title track from their debut album, and a pulsating start to an evening that just kept getting better.
The wonderful thing about music is that it is universal; in a tiny room in Germany you had a band who were relatively unknown in their own country some two years ago, let alone outside of it. Yet every word from each of the twelve songs played, were sung back to the fantastic four-piece; with most well-known tracks such as ‘Good For Me’ and ‘So Long’ ramping up the volume ten-fold. In fact, the only time the tempo went down a notch was for the slightly slower tracks ‘My Love’ and ‘Talking Out Loud,’ which were still sung in full voice, much to the delight of a noticeably grateful band.
The pogoing returned once more with ‘Best Years,’ a superb song in both lyrics and performance, followed by ‘I Can Sleep Tonight,’ a little bit more fierce and passionate in tone compared to their other tracks, but equally as stunning.
Set list staples ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ and ‘Get Away’ – arguably the most well-received song of the night – meant the evening was almost at an end, but not before the thrashing ‘101’ and ultimate set closer, ‘T-Shirt Weather’ sent both the crowd and the band themselves into delirium. T-shirt weather indeed inside the sweat box little room.
It was a fitting end to Circa Waves seemingly never-ending tour. They have a week off now, before jetting off to Mexico, and then on to America next month – spreading their happy indie tunes across the globe.
And whether it’s a tiny backstreet club or a 4,000 capacity venue; whether it’s in their home country or on the other side of the world, there are three things you know will always be true with regards to Circa Waves: they will always put on a brilliant show. They will always be received by adoring fans. And they will deserve every single second of it.