Even if Circa Survive's brand of histrionic, vaguely progressive emo (or whatever) isn't really up your alley, you have to acknowledge that the band has a number of things going for them. First of all, they're consistent as hell—they've never actually strayed from their intended path, in spite of immense commercial success and a brief major label roundabout, which is testament to the group's artistic integrity. Secondly, and admirably, Circa adheres to a stubborn DIY ethos, reflected in their decision to ditch the aforementioned major label. And last but not least, vocalist Anthony Green is one of the most compelling and original singers in the entire rock genus active today. Their new, self-released record Violent Waves is hard to find fault with, assuming you're into this sort of thing. (Except for the cover, which sucks pretty hard.) MORGAN TROPER
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