Bursting out of Kent, Englad and describing themselves as an Alternative power-trio is a dark and intense outfit by the name of Black Circles with their excellent delivery of thrashing, melody-driven Rock anthems. The band are self-proclaimed lovers of early Foo Fighters material – an influence that is clearly present their music – and while some bands who try to dabble in this specific genre of music can of course become lost in screaming vocals, Black Circles’ lead vocalist/guitarist Dan(with backing from bassist Mayumi) delivers catchy choruses without going too far into the wailing territory of many similar bands.
“Final Straw” paved the way for a productive 2011 – a year in which Black Circles undertook a RocSoc university tour across the United Kingdom and played some very high profile festival slots at the likes of Farm Festival, Indie Week in Ireland, Big Bike Festival and Great Escape in Brighton. The band’s newest offering “Escape'” shows Black Circles in full force, with thrashing guitars and a big-band sound mixed with catchy, but powerful lyrics and harmonies. It’s a song that verges on the metal genre elegantly, aiming to reverberate skulls whilst at the same time leaving the lyrics firmly rooted in the listeners head.
BBC Radio Kent has been giving the new single some heavy airtime lately – probably due to a lack of spectacular music in the local scene to rival Black Circlesat the moment – as the band continue to make the pilgrimage into London on a weekly basis to gig and promote the new track. The accompanying video for “Escape” is an odd mix of viral hilarity and powerful music. The storyline features a demanding puppet squirrel attempting to set the tone for the recording by throwing nuts at the band, moonwalking across the mixing desk – a personal highlight – and eventually meeting a real squirrel. It’s a strange concept to say the least and somewhat detracts from the usual tone of the band.
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