“I feel like I’ve got a fire in my belly with this record,” says Kieran Shudall, almost straight away. “Now, I want us to be the biggest and the best. I want to headline festivals. Whereas with the first one I was a bit more like, ‘Oh I’ll take it as it comes, and see what happens…”
We all know what happened with ‘Young Chasers’, the debut album by Circa Waves, that arrived in March of last year hitting the top 10. That it berthed four Radio 1 A-list singles, the most notable – and for a time completely unavoidable – of which was ‘T-Shirt Weather’. That after its release they seemed to rise very fast indeed, to the extent that a mere six months on, the whole of a sold out Brixton Academy was jumping up and down as one, singing every last line of its thirteen direct, propulsive, carefree, indie pop songs. “When I saw the way that people connected with it,” Kieran continues, “I really started to believe in myself. I’m a different person now.”
The heavier sound, also, has brought a renewed excitement to Circa Waves. “We started playing them live in the room, and there was so much more energy than the first record,” says Kieran. “I think the songs are big enough, and I think we’re easily good enough live, for us to be as big as whoever now. I don’t see what the difference is between us and the bands above us anymore.
“I’ve come to a point where I’m like, ‘Why the fuck not?’”