POZ Interview: Circa Survive
Circa Survive ended their tour last month with a sold-out show in Philadelphia, PA. Before they hit the stage, Katie Krzaczek had the chance to sit down with Anthony Green to talk about the new Circa album, his own work, Will Yip, Lana Del Rey, and more. Read up below!
by Katie Krzaczek
You’re from the area. How is playing a show—a sold out show, at that—here different from anywhere else?
Anthony Green: There’s a familiarity to being in Philadelphia. I talk to people all the time when we travel about, you know, “You’re from wherever, Bumsville, Pittsburgh,” and they have this, like, “This is where I’m from, yeah I love this town.” I say I’m from Philly—I really grew up in the suburbs of Philly—but I grew up going to shows here, going to R5 shows here, more specifically. Going to the Church, going to Kill Time and the Stalag.
Philly also has its own kind of fan when it comes to music and art and sports, just everything. They’re a little bit more passionate. They’re a little bit more wild. They’re easier to lube up: when you come out [on stage], right away they’re going crazy. They’re very giving; they come and they’re just ready to give all this energy to you. You know, maybe that’s just a hometown thing, but I think it has a lot to do with just this city being a passionate, crazy, wild place. I definitely get the feeling like I’m home here, and people are proud of you being from their city, whether it’s a sports team or a band. Our little community in Philadelphia is really proud of us, and we’re really proud to call them fans and to have them as part of our community. We have a mutual respect that’s elevated and accentuated when we get into a room together, and we just know it’s time to fuck shit up.
Good Old War has been a big part of that Philly community. Over the years, you’ve become good friends with the band, so how will Tim Arnold’s leaving the band affect your solo work? [Good Old War have served as Green’s backing band on his solo projects and the corresponding tours]
AG: I’m not 100 percent sure what the future of my solo music is going to be, but the music I’m working on right now is very minimalist compared to Young Legs and Beautiful Things. There isn’t a great amount of instrumentation; it’s really just an acoustic guitar or a single piano and lots of vocals. So I wasn’t really sure if I was going to have a band play with me on this record. If I was to tour again with a full band, it might be time to change it up. It might be time to add or subtract people. I love Tim Arnold so much from the bottom of my heart, and I want to continue to play music with him. I would love to do another solo tour where I have some of the guys from Good Old War and Tim Arnold in the band still, but I just don’t know how it looks yet. I’ve been so tunnel visioned on Circa, and I even have other projects that are pretty intense going on kind of simultaneously; I’d love to do something with Saosin after the Circa record. So that’s, like, a year or two down the line. I’m not really thinking of anything but Circa at the moment, but I do have a bunch of solo songs that I’m working on while I’m doing this, and I just don’t hear a full band vision with most of them. Tim Arnold and I will for sure continue to work together, though. Whether it’s solo or we’re talking about doing a full length High and Driving record, just him and me. We’ll figure it out.
Outside of working with the guys in Good Old War, you’ve done a lot of collaborations: Nate Ruess, Chino Moreno and Sam Means [formerly of The Format], most recently, with the Blue Jeans cover, which was very unexpected.
AG: Yeah, I got a lot of flak for that [laughing]. I love Lana Del Rey, but there are a lot of people that don’t. I got a lot of bullshit from hardcore fans asking, “Why would you do that?” but, you know what? That song is awesome. [Fans would say] “It’s so mainstream. Why would you do a mainstream song like that?” And I’d say, just because a song is liked by a lot of people doesn’t make it bad. If that were the case, you’d end up hating a lot of people, like the Beatles and Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.
I am so stoked this was finally posted somewhere. I sat down with AG last month, and it was wonderful. Read all about it on POZ.
Yes, poor little old you. There we were, discussing rape, violence against women, systemic oppression and other manifestations of sexism, and you had to jump in to remind us that “not all men” do these things. Why don’t you really say what you want to say? “I HAVE NEVER RAPED/HIT/ASSAULTED A WOMAN!” Right? Isn’t this what you really want to say? Yes, make a discussion that is about the plight of MILLIONS of women about poor little old you. I mean, millions of women are being assaulted and oppressed, but you’ve never done it, so why are we making you uncomfortable with these discussions?
All of Robin Williams’ greatest roles were about trying to reach people, getting through to them, listening and understanding what they are going through. His best roles were those of the mentor, advisor, listener. Most of his films had the ultimate message that there is no shame in asking for help, and that there is only honor in giving it. Please remember that part of his legacy. Remember that depression is a serious, terrible thing and that no one should have to go through it alone.
Listen to each other, help each other, love each other, goddammit.