Circa Survive is a cult.
Well, maybe they aren’t… but their fans sure are… and for good reason.
Anthony Green is a god. There, I said it. Try and fight me on that but you know deep down that I’m right.
Don’t know who Anthony Green is? Shame on you! I would list all of the bands he has been part of but, let’s be honest, none of us have time for that. All you need to know is he is a genius, a god among men, and the singer of Circa Survive.
Circa Survive played to a packed house last night at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis. The amount of energy in the crowd and on the stage was incalculable. The amount of love people have for this band is unreal. I get being obsessed over a band. I truly do. I mean, come on, I have a Finch tattoo, a Lucero tattoo and am currently planning out a leg tattoo using Brand New’s artwork but I never got that big into Circa Survive.
I might have been the only one near the stage last night that didn’t know every single to every single song. Yeah, I knew a couple of the songs that had been burned into my head when I was in high school but that was it. Usually when I don’t know a band that well I will stick to the back of the venue and just people watch but there was something about last night. I just had a feeling that I did not want to stand in back. Something was drawing me towards the front. I don’t regret a thing.
As soon as Anthony Green took the stage, the crowd went nuts. It was one big, hot, sweaty cluster of a crowd and it was perfect. There were kids going absolutely batshit crazy. They were yelling, no, shrieking, the lyrics right back into the band’s face. People were reaching as far as they could just on the off chance that they would be able to touch Anthony’s hand or get a drop of his sweat on them. You see, Anthony Green is worshipped. Like I said before, he is a god among men.
Anthony has a voice that sticks with you. It’s a high tenor and it is beautiful. It’s one of those voices that you can’t describe with words. You can try to sing along to it but you’re going to sound like an idiot. It’s too high for most people but for Anthony, it’s perfect and he does it effortlessly and flawlessly. It makes you feel things you didn’t know you could feel. In one song you feel like screaming your lungs out but within minutes, you are being serenaded by Anthony’s amazing voice and you’re ready to bawl your eyes out. Seeing them play these songs live gives you the same feelings and feeling that at a live show means the band is doing it right.
The fact that Anthony was able to hit every note live left me astonished. The fact that the band was dead on and perfect left me speechless. The fact that I felt that much over a band that I don’t obsess over left me overwhelmed.
The show was opened by Citizen and RX Bandits. I honestly hadn’t heard much of Citizen but they were pretty good. Unfortunately, their set was quick and I really don’t know how much of the crowd noticed there was even a band on stage. Other than one random crowd surfer during their set nobody really seemed to be paying attention. Citizen seemed to get up, play their songs and then disappear. What a shame. I would love to see more from these guys and hope they come back soon.
RX Bandits, what can be said about them? I love them. I have forever. The last time I saw these guys was my freshman year of college and I’m not saying how long ago that was but let’s just go with it’s been awhile. They were great. RX Bandits brings a bit of reggae to the scene and it’s perfect. The music is chill but refreshing. Unfortunately, much like when Citizen was playing, the crowd didn’t really seem to care. Again, what a shame, but I get it, it’s gotta be really rough being on tour with a band as iconic as Circa Survive. It’s obvious the crowd is there for them and them only.
That being said, both Citizen and RX Bandits are amazingly talented bands so make sure you check them out and give them some support. Hopefully they will both do their own headlining tour soon and make a stop up here so I can see them more in their element!
I left the show astonished, speechless and overwhelmed by Circa Survive and the night in general. I smiled the whole way home.
Venue- Mill City Nights
Sausage Fest Meter- It was a pretty even split
Broken Bones/ Injuries- None
Average Age- 23
Found in the Pit- 1 Cell Phone, Lots of Confetti
Crowd Surfers- 9
Things Anthony Green Decided To Try And Eat- Confetti (pretty sure he legitimately swallowed it), Beach Ball (he successfully bit out a chunk of it)
People Trying To Start A Fight In The Pit But Quickly Being Shut Down By The Crowd- 1
Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Bodies, Beach Balls, Confetti (that I am still finding in my purse)
Celebrity Sightings in the Crowd- Jerrid from Royal’z, Lee from Mithya