Following a co-headlining North American tour with Thrice late last year, progressive post-hardcore band Circa Survive brought the first leg of The Amulet Tour to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg in support of their new record of the same name.
“The Amulet” is the Doylestown rockers’ sixth full-length album and their first released through Hopeless Records, recording once again with Philadelphia producer Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, who also recorded seminal albums with successful Northeastern Pennsylvania acts The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, Petal, and many other Keystone State bands.
After performing at the Sherman in 2013, Circa Survive returned on Friday, April 20 with support from Missouri indie rock group Foxing, California post-hardcore band Hail the Sun, and many local fans who have been following their experimental music for years.
They played five songs from “The Amulet” and two or three tracks from every album with the exception of 2012’s “Violent Waves.” Singer Anthony Green, who has also produced many solo albums as well as work with Saosin and several other groups over the years, said in a press release that he feels that, after 13 years, their latest effort is their best yet.
“The way the band was when it started is dead, and this record feels like a bit of a rebirth in a lot of ways. Time has just weathered us, we got through the hard times and came out the other end, and I feel like this is the pinnacle of the band personally and creatively,” Green explained. “It’s the most clear and concise version of what we are.”
And judging by the reception on Friday, fans are enjoying this version more than ever.
by Keith Perks
Keith is an artist, photographer, and writer. He loves diners, dive bars, Southern culture, anything Irish, and vintage America. He knows Cytoxan kicks in after about eight hours and he once helped save a green pig.