Circa Waves have just release their fourth studio album ‘Sad Happy’, out now via Prolifica Inc /[PIAS].
Alongside the release, you can also watch the lyric video for new track ‘Battered And Bruised’ which sees front man Kieran Shudall at his multitasking finest. Rushing into the driving seat of his car, Shudall proceeds to assume the character of a clown, frantically applying the essentials, face paint, lipstick, eye shadow, a green wig and of course, a red nose, before jumping out of the car for a rather unexpected twist.
An album of our times, ‘Sad Happy’ is formed of two diametrically distinctive sides, of which the ‘Happy’ side was released digitally earlier in the year. It now unites with ‘Sad’ as one complete body of work as ’Sad Happy’, united as a full physical & digital album release on CD and vinyl formats.
Speaking on the theme of the latest single, frontman Kieran Shudall says: “Inspired after witnessing an intense breakup, we ran back to the studio to record through the night. We wanted to capture that raw feeling of anger that comes with having your heart ripped out and in the morning the result was ‘Battered and Bruised’.”
On the Album, Kieran adds:”We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom and the next you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our brains rattle back and forth through emotions at such a rate that happiness and sadness no longer feel mutually exclusive. This idea was the blueprint for ‘Sad Happy’ and is the theme that underpins the album. Sad / Happy is written in my Liverpool home, it’s also hugely inspired by my surroundings and the love I have for the city. It runs through thoughts on mortality, love and observations of people.”.
‘Sad Happy’ was written and produced in full by Kieran Shudall, and mixed by Grammy winners Dan Grech-Marguerat and Matt Wiggins. Today’s album release comes a little under a year after the release of 2019’s Top Ten Charting UK Album ‘What’s It Like Over There?’. In a day and age when the barriers to releasing music have been well and truly torn down, the prolific nature of Kierans’ writing, coupled with Circa Waves relentless appetite for playing live and their own label imprint, are cementing the Liverpool four piece’s reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.
On Saturday 4th April, Circa Waves will take over Liverpool and celebrate the city’s most exciting new and emerging acts with Circa Fest, a one day sold-out festival in Liverpool curated by the band. Paying tribute to some of the most iconic long-standing venues Liverpool has to offer, the event will run across Liverpool University, Zanzibar And Jimmy’s, where the likes of Red Rum Club, Spinn, Pizzagirl, Harrm, Children Of The State, Abby Meysenburg, The Mysterines (Dj Set), Zuzu (Dj Set) and of course Circa Waves will perform throughout the day into the early hours.
Praise for ‘Sad Happy’ –
“With tunes likes these, fans won’t be complaining” **** Q Magazine
“An experiment, but one that pays off” **** Dork Magazine
2. Be Your Drug
3. Move to San Francisco
4. Wasted On You
5. The Things We Knew Last Night
6. Call Your Name
7. Love You More
8. Sad Happy
9. Wake Up Call
11. Battered & Bruised
12. Hope There’s a Heaven
13. Train to Lime Street
14. Birthday Cake