Circa Survive are currently on tour in support of their most recent album Descensus, released nearing the end of 2014. They have brought special guests Balance and Composure and CHON along with them.
CHON is a relatively new progressive metal band from San Diego. Their first album was released the day before this show titled Grow. They are an all-instrumental band with no lead or backup vocals, but with incredible talent. They have been gaining popularity nationwide and, based on their opening live performance, I can see why!
Long time friends of Circa Survive, Balance and Composure followed. Their set mostly contained songs from their album The Things We Think We’re Missing. The crowd seemed mesmerized and full of emotion. The band was also very emotionally invested in the music which made for a great performance.
Circa Survive puts on a show like no other. Frontman Anthony Green is full of spirit and grabs the hands of as many fans as possible. All three bands showed their excitement for being in Nashville, a place they all seem to love. Their set included songs from their most recent album Descensus as well as older songs from Blue Sky Noise. Between the crowd interaction, the set list choice, the venue of choice (an alcohol-serving one), this show offered a great experience to fans.
I was even able to catch up with frontman Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure for a few minutes to ask some questions for MEB.
MEB: You just played South By So What a couple days ago, do you have a preference to festivals or touring?
Simmons: I really like both, but I do prefer touring because at festivals people don’t really know who you are, but getting new fans from festivals is great. I’m really down for whatever.
MEB: Of the bands you’ve played with so far, who have you most enjoyed touring with?
Simmons: Circa Survive–we really enjoy touring with them–Title Fight, and Manchester Orchestra.
MEB: Do you have a favorite song to play live?
Simmons: “Cut Me Open”, I really like the ending; and “I’m Swimming”.
MEB: Is there anywhere you would like to play that you haven’t yet?
Simmons: South America, Asia…I’d like to find out how our music does in those places.
MEB: The question everyone is wondering, where’s the next album?
Simmons: We have tons of ideas, but no full songs written yet. We’ll start the writing process this summer. We haven’t decided on anywhere to record yet, we like to focus on the music first before we decide where we’ll record.
He then snuck me back in through the back of the venue due to it being no re-entry, of which I was very appreciative.