Last week marked a very special date for movie buffs everywhere as we reached the day that represented the “future” as predicted in the 1985 classic “Back to the Future.” October 21st, 2015 was very different in reality than it was envisioned in the movie. But while we were celebrating the future becoming the present, post-hardcore rockers Circa Survive were preparing to kick off a tour which would take them and their fans back in time. Back to 2005, the year they released their classic debut album “Juturna.”
On Sunday night, that tour rolled into Boston, MA where a full house awaited at the House of Blues. The setlist for the show played out as expected, the band played the album in its entirety, front to back. Some tracks such as “Act Appalled” or “In Fear and Faith” have been staples of Circa Survive shows since the beginning, others like “Wish Resign” and “Always Getting What You Want” made reappearance after being left out of sets for the last few Circa tours. But despite the varying frequencies of how often the songs were played, the crowd loved every note of it. The mosh pits were intense, the crowd surfers flying, the fans screaming lyrics back to the band. There were very few in the audience standing still during the set.
It would be hard to stand still when watching a frontman like Anthony Green in any case. Green’s energy and stage presence continue to demonstrate why he is one of the most underrated frontmen in rock music today; that, coupled with an incredibly tight band and skilled instrumentalists make Circa Survive a well oiled machine that was running on all cylinders on Sunday. Unlike many bands on album anniversary tours, when Circa Survive returned for an encore there was no “Greatest Hits Encore” in fact the band played two more rare tracks from the EP released before Juturna, and the song “House of Leaves” to close the show, which is a hidden bonus track on the Juturna release.
For fans who weren’t aware of the band or simply weren’t old enough when Juturna was released, it was an opportunity to see a classic album brought to life, for fans who were around upon it’s original release, it was a chance to see the album remained. When Circa Survive first released Juturna they were playing in bar rooms, basements, and function rooms. They were playing with nothing but raw energy, now 10 years later the album had a whole new dimension as and impressive psychedelic light show accompanies the music. Flashing lights, confetti, even inflatable balls containing glow sticks made the atmosphere and all encompassing thrill for those in attendance so that whether experiencing Juturna live for the first time, or all over again, the show still had a very special feel to it.