Interview: Circa Waves On Splendour As The Australian Glastonbury

In the UK, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves have long been tipped as a must-watch band and they recently unveiled the chops that have seen them become so revered by taste-making outlets like NME and BBC Radio 1 to Australians at Splendour In The Grass. While they were in the country, Music Feeds managed to catch up with frontman Kieran Shudall, bassist Sam Rourke, and guitarist Joe Falconer.

“We’ve done a lot [of festivals] all summer and we make a point of actually going around having a look and I was really impressed with Splendour,” explains Joe. “It’s kind of similar… it has similar things to Glastonbury, all those little craft tents and loads of things going on around the music. I think that’s the best sort of thing a festival can do. It had a really nice atmosphere, I could tell that it’s obviously important.”

We asked the boys about the differences between our beloved Splendour and the UK’s premier festival event and they clued us in. “The size. Glastonbury is ridiculous, it’s like a city,” says Sam. “It takes about three hours to walk across it,” estimates Kieran, though Joe reckons it’d be more. “I honestly prefer smaller festivals, though,” adds Kieran.

Speaking about the band’s recent EP, which Kieran describes as a “mini-greatest hits,” the boys say it’s an indicator of good things to come. “I think the EP is probably a good taster of what’s to come on the album and I think most of the songs [that are on the EP] will be on the album,” says Kieran. “But we’ve also got more intricate things to come and more leftfield-y vibes that will interest people, and then the album’s gonna drop early next year.”

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