About Kieran Shudhall
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. From the very first moment, it sounds like a different, louder band, and showcases Kieran’s disenchantment with the world he sees, with more in common with Foo Fighters or even Nirvana than with, say, The Strokes. It is very much not the sound of a band giving people more of what they know that people want from them. In every respect, it is the sound of a band who are going with their hearts, changing up because they have to, taking a risk and moving forward.
The route of this fairly radical change in direction came, Kieran says, as “a natural reaction to touring those indie songs for a year and a half.” Both he and the band, having gone hell for leather in support of their breakthrough, were burnt out. There was less and less talking as the touring went on and on. And as a consequence their singer, songwriter and leader was starting to find himself contemplating things a lot more.
The big breakthrough came back home in Liverpool where, in his house at the start of the year, Kieran sat, on his own, for weeks, just writing and writing and “losing my mind a little bit”. He started to feel things things a long way from ‘T Shirt Weather pouring out of him.
The heavier sound, also, has brought a renewed excitement to Circa Waves.