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The Amulet

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

From the release of their 2005 debut, Juturna, to their 2010 major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with their latest release, The Amulet Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. Circa Survive continues this legacy, but on The Amulet this is filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots and drawing on the raw power of post-hardcore to create a modern hybrid of styles. After thirteen years together Circa Survive have released another album that see’s them move forward, but crucially this has been achieved this whilst remaining true to their roots.

Lustration offers a melodic introduction to The Amulet that steadily builds up in intensity, whilst Never Tell A Soul and Stay bring an upbeat element to Circa Survive‘s latest release. Premonition Of The Hex, Tunnel Vision, The Hex, At Night It Gets Worse and the album’s title track offer a more atmospheric alternative to the driven alt rock that lies at the band’s core, and the album’s penultimate track, Flesh And Bone, brings the pace of the album right down. But for me it’s when they return to a more strident breed of alt rock, one that carries a distinctly more discordant style, where Circa Survive shine brightest, and as a result the track Rites Of Investiture is my personal highlights from The Amulet.

The Amulet is a flawlessly produced slab of melodic alt rock that has touches from the bands roots in it’s DNA, whilst their particular brand of slick and atmospheric alt rock isn’t exactly to my tastes there is no denying that Circa Survive have delivered a radio friendly and polished ten track album. Circa Survive are a band that continue to evolve and The Amulet represents a transition point in Circa Survive‘s history, and I can’t help feeling that it’s one that is likely to gain them a new generation of fans.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release can be found here

Circa Survive Release New Album ‘The Amulet’

Circa Survive TACirca Survive‘s adventurous new album, The Amulet, is out today on Hopeless Records. Circa Survive sound as vital as ever on their sixth full length, stretching their brand of intricately appealing post-hardcore into intense new territory. The Amulet finds Circa Survive continuing to push their unconventional sound, proving exactly why they’re still one of alternative’s most exhilarating bands.

You can stream The Aumlet via Spotify here

The Amulet can be purchased here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive can be found here

Circa Survive Release ‘Premonition Of The Hex’ Video

Circa Survive TACirca Survive have shared their intense new song and video, Premonition of the Hex, the track comes from band’s upcoming sixth full length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. The brooding new song twists and turns in the unique ways that only a Circa Survive track can, while Anthony Green‘s distinct vocals rise and fall around his brooding words. 

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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Circa Survive Release Video For ‘The Amulet’

Circa Survive TACirca Survive have shared their brooding new music video for The Amulet, the title track from the band’s upcoming sixth full length that is due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records. The Amulet showcases Circa Survive‘s ability to balance impressively technical musicality with infectious melodies that wrap around the listener, throughout the song, pulsating bass lines and intricate guitars melt into cascading drums that build to an epic conclusion.

The Amulet LP can be pre-ordered here

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Circa Survive Release New Single ‘Rites Of Investiture’

Circa Survive TAAlternative rock’s most unconventional band, Circa Survive, have shared the second single and video from their upcoming sixth full length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. Rites of Investiture is an explosive cut propelled by distorted bass and soaring vocals, the kind of unapologetically intricate and ambitious music that’s made Circa Survive a truly distinctive force to be reckoned for over a decade. Rites Of Investiture can be streamed via Spotify here and The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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Circa Survive Announce US Tour With Thrice

CircaSurvive-Thrice-AdMatCirca Survive are gearing up for a massive 2017, having just revealed the impending release of their new album, The Amulet, that is due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records, and released the album’s first single, Lustration, Circa Survive are currently on tour with AFI and have now announced a full US co-headlining tour in the Fall with Thrice. Unconventional guitar music seems to have been forced back into the underground in 2017, but Circa Survive still seeks to bring big intricate riffs and even bigger concepts to a broad audience. The band has always dared to find a balance between grand scope and accessibility, and The Amulet finds the band achieving this difficult goal more than ever.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here

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Circa Survive Release New Track ‘Lustration’

Circa Survive TAFew bands in alternative rock can claim to be as adventurous as Circa Survive, now the Pennsylvania band are back to explore brand new territory with their sixth full-length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. To celebrate the announcement Circa Survive have released an imaginative new music video for the album’s first single, Lustration.

You pre-order The Amulet here and stream Lustration via Spotify here

You can view the vide for Lustration, and Circa Survive‘s tour dates, below

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Tours: AFI / Circa Survive

AFIAFI has announced that they will be heading on tour with Cirxa Survive in July.  AFI continues to support their latest album, AFI (The Blood Album), which dropped back on January 20, 2017.  The disc follows 2013’s Burials.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Circa Survive / mewithoutYou / Turnover

Circa SurviveDoylestown, Pa., rockers Circa Survive will embark on a tour beginning this January to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their sophomore album On Letting Go. The band will be accompanied by Philadelphia indie/experimental group mewithoutYou and Virginia Beach pop punks Turnover. Check out the tour dates below.

Along with the tour announcement, Circa Survive detailed the release of a deluxe version of On Letting Go via Equal Vision Records in early 2017. The album will be available in multiple formats on their merchandise website found here.

On Letting Go was originally released May 28, 2007 on Equal Vision Records.

In regards to the deluxe release, Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green commented:

“So many moments on that record personified what Circa Survive was starting to become. I’m really excited to revisit that with all of the knowledge we’ve been able to pick up since. It was a wild time in my life and it’s kind of an escape for me now to go back to that and celebrate it!”

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Saosin

Saosin

Along the Shadow

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

When Saosin announced a reunion with original vocalist Anthony Green in 2014, it sent the post-hardcore scene into a frenzy. Green’s last (and only) appearance on a Saosin studio record was back in 2003 on the band’s debut EP Translating the Name and, despite its age, it remains a memorable and iconic record that helped define a genre. If you’re expecting Along the Shadow to continue the energetic tempos, memorable riffs and signature vocals of the debut EP then you’ll need time to adjust; a lot can change in 13 years, particularly since Green has spent the majority of his time fronting the more ambient Circa Survive.

Along the Shadow is not the Saosin we remember from all those years ago, resting somewhere between Translating the Name, Saosin’s debut album and early Circa Survive. Translating the Name didn’t allow much empty space, the drums being ferocious and relentless, squeezing in fills and cymbals wherever possible, among ever-dominant vocals. Here, the songs have much more room to breathe, opener “The Silver String” being an ideal demonstration. The drums are effective but reserved, allowing Green’s well chosen melodies to ring out and take hold against Beau Burchell’s clever riffs.

“Ideology as Theft” is perhaps the most prominent tribute to the band’s older sound. It’s refreshing to hear Green’s revived scream and this harsher side to his voice is an excellent contrast against his soothing singing voice. “Second Guesses” slows the mood with a poppy, ballad of a song that sounds more like a Circa Survive song but with Rodriguez’s distinctive drum grooves it works well and gives the record a change of pace.

The middle of the album settles into a mid-tempo rhythm and it’s here that the record could do with more dynamic shifts. While the songs are still effective, this consistent pace over the central section makes the album a little bogged down. “The Secret Meaning of Freedom” thankfully picks the pace back up towards the back of the album to give the record an injection of pace to end on.

Part of me wanted to be transported back to 2003 to relive the excitement of Anthony Green-era Saosin all over again, but that temporary hit of nostalgia would’ve made this record a novelty, or worse a memorial. The pace of the album is understandably slower but the band have crafted a series of excellent songs that benefit from not treading the same worn path. What Along the Shadow lacks in the youthful energy and raw emotion of the band’s first EP is more than made up for in mature songwriting. With this reunion hurdle negotiated and the creative process still very much alive, we’ll be hoping for more from the band in the future.

Tours: Title Fight / Pianos Become The Teeth / Circa Survive

Title FightTitle Fight, has announced that they will be heading on tour with Circa Survive and Pianos Become the Teeth this Fall.  The band signed to ANTI- Records earlier this year and are working on their followup to to their 2013 EP, Spring Songs.

Tour dates are available below.

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Live Concert Review

My Chemical Romance, Thrice, Circa Survive

Live (December 8th, 2005)

Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, Alberta
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It’s always hard to be the opening band at a big concert, you have so much to fight against. Not only does no one know who you are, but you also have to keep the crowd entertained as they impatiently wait for the band they came to see. A few months ago My Chemical Romance felt that pressure as they opened for Green Day, but this time their role was reversed as most people came to the show to see them and Circa Survive had the difficult task of warming up the crowd.

Although there was a few people there to see Circa Survive, most of the crowd had no idea who they were – they probably didn’t even know what Equal Vision Records was, which meant the band had quite a mountain to overcome, and sadly, they didn’t even reach the peak. Their eerie atmospheric prog-rock just wasn’t what the crowd wanted to hear, as they just swayed back and forth not really paying attention. Anthony Green did show why he’s considered one of the top front men as he was able to hold the mic a foot away from his mouth and still make his voice travel the gap. They played a nice selection of songs from Juturna, which fans of the band really enjoyed. But if you had no idea who they were, chances are high that you weren’t motivated much to go and find more about them.

As soon as Circa Survive left the stage, the album art for Vheissu full from the roof, making the crowd give a huge cheer. But there was still a 30 minute wait before Thrice actually took the stage, which gave all the latecomers enough time to arrive and by the time they did come on stage, the place was packed.

Unlike the predecessors, Thrice had no problem winning over the crowd, since a good portion of it was there solely to see them. They kicked it off with their new single Image Of The Invisible which immediately got everyone riled up. Dustin hung the mic in the crowd to let them sing the gang vocals, and they were only getting started as they also ripped through songs like Silhouette, The Artist In The Ambulance and closed with Deadbolt. And although they didn’t move around too much, the crowd was really getting into it. Since it was the band’s last day on the tour, all us Edmontonians were treated to a little added bonus. Halfway through the set, everyone except for Dustin left the stage as he picked up an acoustic guitar. Claiming that Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance had been requesting this all tour, he then started to play Stare At The Sun acoustically. And while their set didn’t turn me into a raving fan, they didn’t disappoint me either.

But finally, after yet another long wait (and my first trip to the beer gardens as an adult) My Chemical Romance stepped onto the stage, and from then on, the night was insane. Playing in front of two giant church glass windows (which had moving pictures on it throughout most of the set), the New Jersey boys did what they did best. They played a relatively short set for a headliner, only around an hour, but they used that hour well as they played most of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and a few from I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love. Gerard Way, in his bullet-proof vest, had everyone eating out of his hand as they sang back all the lyrics for songs like Helena, The Ghost Of You (which had the stain glass windows showing videos of soldiers), To The End, and Honey This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us. They even played a new song, to which Gerard said “It’s about me, it’s about you, it’s about how we’re all gonna die!”

It was very obvious that the band had learnt some tricks from touring with Green Day as Way got the crowd to repeat after him many times, just like Billie Joe did a few months ago. Following in their foot steps even more, drummer Bob Bryar would often throw his drumsticks back behind the stage after only using it for a little while – just like Tre Cool does at every show.

Ending the set perfectly, My Chemical Romance blasted through You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison; that had everyone dancing, lights blaring, and if they didn’t come back for an encore I would’ve been happy right then and there. But an encore is what they did, and everyone knew what was coming. Dressed up in Santa hats (“This is the only time you’ll see us in red”), they closed with I’m Not Okay (I Promise) before dousing everyone in confetti.

 

Will Yip Announces Studio Compilation Featuring Title Fight, Man Overboard, And More

Will YipMulti-genre producer and engineer Will Yip has announced a brand new studio compilation.  The compilation is titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation and is set to feature un-released songs from Title Fight,Circa Survive, and Man Overboard to name a few.  Yip comments on the project:

“This comp represents everything that I’ve done in the past ten years of my life… I want to give the punk, hardcore, and alternative community of awesome bands a home.”

The compilation will be released on October 8, 2013.  Proceeds will go towards a down payment toward his partnership in Studio 4 located in Conshohocken, PA.

Tours: Minus The Bear / Circa Survive

Minus The BearMinus the Bear and Circa Survive are teaming up for a co-headline tour to take place this March.

Dubbed the Waves Overhead Tour, a name derived from the band’s latest albums, Minus the Bear‘s Infinity Overhead and Circa Survive’Violent Waves (both released August 28, 2012), the tour will kick off March 6 in Columbus, Ohio, end March 30 in Oklahoma City and feature main support from Minneapolis-based indie rockers Now, Now.

The dates are below and tickets are on sale now.

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Circa Survive - Juturna

Circa Survive

Juturna

Equal Vision Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

All I can say is what happened? Circa Survive were supposed to be a power group of unimaginable proportions. First off all, the band is composed of former members of Taken along with former members ofThis Day Forward. That’s impressive right away, but the real clincher is the singer. Over the years, Anthony Green has built a steady and ever growing fan base. He’s sung for bands like Zolof The Rock & Roll DestroyerThe Sound Of Animals Fighting and most famously, Saosin. Just after hearing the band members, Juturna is sounding pretty damn good in most people’s opinions. And yet, I still ask, what happened?

First and foremost, let me say, I’ve never understood the appeal of Green’s voice. Although I haven’t followed it religiously, the few times I’ve heard him sing (Saosin‘s Translating The Name EP for example), I haven’t been impressed. So generally speaking, I wasn’t too surprised to find myself slightly disappointed by the vocal harmonies on this album. Green is able to, like always, hit a wide range of pitches and tones. Reaching such high octaves you sometimes forget that it’s a guy singing rather then a girl. But quite frankly, I just picture of a cheesy Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria) rip off throughout the entire album.

Musically, Circa Survive is really unlike anyone else out there. Once again, it brings forth images of Sanchez and Coheed And Cambria, but even that is a distant relation. For Juturna is much more atmospheric. Spacey pop melodies on a much larger scale then anything Coheed has ever done. It is evident that the talented individuals that compose Circa Survive were striving for something new and unique on their debut album. Something unlike anything else, something that isn’t redundant or cliché, but rather something much more innovative and original. It is melodic and eerie, very complex and tight; but at times, it is missing that punch which makes the cliché sounds so memorable. They try hard to be different, which makes them somewhat forgettable.

This album isn’t all bad though, after all, it can’t be with this many big names in it. It features a few good songs which would fit nicely by themselves or in mix CDs. But as a whole, Juturna is not that entertaining. It seems to be dragged on, and just not that enjoyable. It’s more of an atmospheric background album then a sing along one. But then again, if you are one of Green’s enthusiastic followers, then you will most likely enjoy this album to the fullest.

On the plus side, the artwork is damn cool.

 

Anthony Green (Circa Survive) – Moon Song

Indie troupe Circa Survive’s Anthony Green has released a brand new solo song.  The song is titled “Moon Song” and is currently available as a free download.  The track is set to appear on Green’s quick approaching sophomore album, Beautiful Things, due out January 17, 2012 on Photo Finish.

Give the song a listen here.

Album Stream: Psychic Babble – My Brother's Ears/My Sister's Eyes

Psychic Babble‘s (Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive) debut album My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes is now streaming on AOL Music‘s listening party.  

The record will be released tomorrow, August 16, 2011 via Colin’s own label, Yenta Records.

Album Stream: Psychic Babble – My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes

Psychic Babble‘s (Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive) debut album My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes is now streaming on AOL Music‘s listening party.  

The record will be released tomorrow, August 16, 2011 via Colin’s own label, Yenta Records.

Circa Survive Auctions Test Presses, New Song Surfaces

Circa Survive LiveCirca Survive have launched a new action to help aid in the relief efforts in wake of the recent devastating events in Japan. The band will be auctioning off several items from the Circa vault, to help all those affected. Auction items will include exclusive test pressings of each piece of vinyl from their catalog, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Doctors Without Borders. To begin bidding on these items, head to theur exclusive E-Bay store.

While at SXSW, front man Anthony Green also recorded an an acoustic tune for AltPress. The song, which is currently untitled, can be seen below.

The band released their Atlantic Records debut Blue Sky Noise last year.

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Take Action Volume 10 Benefit Tour And Rarities Compilation Announced

Hopeless Records’ non-profit organization Sub-City has released pre-order details regarding the tenth installment of their Take Action compilation series.  The double disc includes previously unreleased songs and remixes from Silverstein, Bayside, All Time Low, Circa Survive, The Swellers,  The Wonder Years, Texas In July, and Chiodos to name a few.  The album will come in three potential packages, including basic CD version, with others throwing in wristbands, t-shirts, and hoodies.

The album is currently set for an April 26, 2011 release.  This year’s proceeds will benefit awareness charity SEX, ETC, which is a teen-focused program of the award-winning national organization based at NJ’s Rutgers University, Answer. The mandate is to improve teen sexual health information and resources across the US.  Executive director Elizabeth Schroeder further explains the organization’s goals:

“Our organization’s tag line, ‘Sex Ed, Honestly,’ reflects our core belief that young people have the right to receive honest, accurate and age-appropriate information about the entire range of topics related to sexuality… for 30 years, we have reached millions of young people, community and school professionals, and parents throughout the United States.”

The compilation supports the accompanying Take Action Tour featuring Silverstein and Bayside with Polar Bear Club, The Swellers and Texas in July.  A full track and tour listing can be found below.

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Tours: Anberlin with Circa Survive, Foxy Shazam

AnberlinAnberlin has announced a co-headlining tour with Circa Survive and special guests Foxy Shazam. The tour is set to kick off January 14th in Richmond, VA, spanning the northeast and midwestern US. After wrapping up their North American dates, the bands will tour Australia and the Phillippines.

Anberlin recently performed their hit single “Impossible” on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is currently on tour in support of their new album, Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place.

A full listing of tour dates can be seen below:

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Video: Circa Survive – I Felt Free (Live)

Circa Survive LivePhiladelphia’s Circa Survive have been busy touring in support of their third studio album, Blue Sky Noise, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 back in April.  Last month the tour took them through the UK where they shot a raw live video of them perfoming the track I Felt Free exclusively for SPIN.com.

The half-acoustic and half-full band performance can be seen here.

   

Circa Survive on Daytrotter

Circa Survive DaytrotterCirca Survive, who released their new album Blue Sky Noise on Atlantic Records in April, recently stopped by the Daytrotter offices to record four acoustic songs for them.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania four piece, fronted by Anthony Green, recorded The Spirit of the Stairwell, I Felt Free, Every Way and Strange Terrain during the session.

The tracks can be streamed or downloaded here.

   

Video: Circa Vision – Wheel

Circa SurviveThe boys in Cira Survive recently posted a video blog (“Circa Vision”) of themselves goofing around on an abandoned playground in the dead of night.  In the video, titled “Wheel,” the group spins around on a roundabout for as long as they can stand before puking.  Very appealing.

Check out the video over on the band’s website.

   

Circa Survive Streaming London Concert

Circa SurviveCirca Survive has announced that the indie group will be streaming their upcoming concert in London live via the internet.  The concert is part of their ongoing tour.  Those interested can RSVP on the band’s website to watch the concert tonight at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

Head to the band’s website to watch. You can RSVP here.

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Circa Survive

Circa SurviveOnce they wrap up their August dates with The Deftones and Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive have announced plans for a fall headlining tour starting in October. The tour will run straight through to the middle of November; the dates are below.

Circa Survive released Blue Sky Noise earlier this year.

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Tours: Circa Survive

Circa Survive have announced new summer tour dates. The Pennsylvania-based band kicks off their upcoming U.S. tour in Tucson, AZ on July 23 at The Rock. The band will be joined by special guests The Dear Hunter and O’Brother, and will also re-join Coheed & Cambria for a handful of dates in August.

The dates are below. Circa Survive‘s new album, Blue Sky Noise, is in stores now.

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Stream The New Circa Survive Album

Circa Survive released their new album, Blue Sky Noise, today on Atlantic Records; and for a limited time only you can stream the entire album on their MySpace page.

   

Videos: Circa Survive – Get Out

Circa Survive have posted a new music video for their single Get Out; it can be seen below.

Their new album, Blue Sky Noise, will be released on April 20th. Read More…

   

Circa Survive Announce Major Label Debut, Coheed & Cambria Tour

Circa Surive - Blue Sky NoiseCirca Survive has announced the upcoming release of their major label debut for Atlantic Records, Blue Sky Noise. Produced by three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson) and mixed by Rich Costey (Interpol, The Mars Volta, Rage Against The Machine), the highly anticipated collection arrives in stores and at online retailers on April 20th.

The band has released their first single, called Get Out, on their official website. It can be heard below as well.

The single is the first new music unveiled from Blue Sky Noise and exclusively available for immediate download when fans preorder the album. A digital copy of Blue Sky Noise will be delivered one week before the April 20th street date for all preordered albums. Other bonuses include exclusive band merchandise and limited edition items. For complete album preorder details, please visit their official website.

In support of the release, Circa Survive will be heading on cross-country trek supporting Coheed & Cambria. The tour will kick off in Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore Charlotte on April 22nd and continue through a finale in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club on May 27th (dates below) – tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 20.

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Circa Survive Announce Major Label Debut, Coheed & Cambria Tour

Circa Surive - Blue Sky NoiseCirca Survive has announced the upcoming release of their major label debut for Atlantic Records, Blue Sky Noise. Produced by three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson) and mixed by Rich Costey (Interpol, The Mars Volta, Rage Against The Machine), the highly anticipated collection arrives in stores and at online retailers on April 20th.

The band has released their first single, called Get Out, on their official website. It can be heard below as well.

The single is the first new music unveiled from Blue Sky Noise and exclusively available for immediate download when fans preorder the album. A digital copy of Blue Sky Noise will be delivered one week before the April 20th street date for all preordered albums. Other bonuses include exclusive band merchandise and limited edition items. For complete album preorder details, please visit their official website.

In support of the release, Circa Survive will be heading on cross-country trek supporting Coheed & Cambria. The tour will kick off in Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore Charlotte on April 22nd and continue through a finale in Washington, DC at the 9:30 Club on May 27th (dates below) – tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 20.

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