It’s a Monday night in The Valley so needless to say things are pretty quiet. That is except for The Zoo, where the amassed crowd are about to witness an emotional outpouring from one of alternative rocks most enduring bands, Circa Survive.
Local boys He Danced Ivy are given the task of kicking off proceedings, playing their prog rock hits to a sparse but appreciative crowd. Sounding like the bastard child of Coheed & Cambria and Antemasque, the quartet smash out their eclectic riffs one by one, They definitely have the energy to boot and the vocal trade offs between all four members pay off nicely.
Next up is The Comfort who are, without a doubt, Brisbane’s answer to Balance & Composure. They play with all the proficiency of a well seasoned band and as they close out their set the room is gradually beginning to fill.
But we all know why we’re here: Circa Survive. And although The Zoo has a lot of space to fill when they take to the stage they are met with a glorious roar from the crowd. “How the fuck are ya Brissy?” proclaims frontman Anthony Green, urging the crowd to come closer before the chunky bass line of opening track Rites Of Investure bursts forth from the speakers. From hereon in it’s nothing but passion and pure energy.
Green throws himself around the stage as if possessed, spending the majority of the set either dancing around or front and center getting up close and personal with the crowd. Even through some of the more subdued numbers such as Wish Resign, his energy never falters and is incredibly infectious.
Child Of The Desert is a standout tune, beautifully showcasing the dynamics of the band through the flawless work of guitarists Brendan Ekstrom and Colin Frangicetto. The chaotic ending of said song leads beautifully into crowd pleaser Get Out, a track normally saved for the finale that makes an enormous impact mid-set. “You have come alive!” Green states to the bouncing room.
It may be a tour to promote their latest album The Amulet, but the set is strewn with enough hits from the bands ever-increasing catalog to satisfy fans new and old alike, deeper cuts like Living Together and the furious Act Appalled serve the more devoted fan base leaving them begging for more.
Closing out the night with the title track from 2014’s Descensus, the small crowd who gathered to witness the glory that is Circa Survive live are left breathless as they wander out into the rainy night. It’s just a shame there weren’t more people there to experience it.