Anthony Green joins The Gunz Show and discusses Circa Survive as well as give a unique perspective on how he handles critics. Really good interview I must say
He also talked about how his solo work has been going, and new Circa Survive material – saying that the band will announce a number of new things very soon.
In regards to Circa Survive’s progress with the new album, Green said:
I was just recording vocals just 10 minutes before we talked. And we were on this one song, where it sounded good, and it was pitch perfect, but I wanted it to sound like I was about to fucking die. I had to literally exhaust myself and push myself to the point where I felt like I was going to pass out – and then we got the take. And it was like, “This is going to sound exactly like when I have to sing it live… there’s a dozen takes under it that are perfect, and then this one is so fucked, but it’s real. That’s how it’s going to sound.
I can’t really say what stage we’re at yet, because Circa is going to announce really, really soon, a bunch of stuff. My mouth gets me into way too much trouble and I always say too much…
Green discussed his fans over the past few years – in terms of both Circa Survive and his other projects, and his appreciation for those who have stuck with him:
I have been so blessed this last year and a half, two years, just with incredible people in my life making incredible music with me that really turns me on. Sort of coming to grips with the fact – every time I’ve ever put anything out I’ve always sort of just… strangled the idea of, “Well, people might not like this.” … every time I release something, I stare directly into the eyes of the fact that this might be it – this might be the thing that people are like, “Yeah this guy sucks.”
I listened to “Moon Song” and “Blood Song” and I thought these people that only liked “Seven Years” and “Act Appalled” are going to hear this and be like, “This guy’s getting old, I hate it,” and I’m sure a lot of people did that, you know? But I am not concerned with those people. It’s going to happen regardless – I don’t need to hurt myself with it. People are going to talk shit, they’re going to hate your new stuff and only want your old stuff… I don’t give a shit [laughs]. And it took me a long time to realize that. Man, fuck those people. That’s just the way it’s going to be. If I play to smaller and smaller crowds and and less and less people are buying the records… eh, that sucks, but if that’s just the way it’s got to be, then that’s the way it is.
With Beautiful Things, I thought people were going to hate it. From my perception, people really dug it. Again, my head’s up my ass so I don’t know… The thing with Circa; I’ve never had a release with Circa that I felt like it was a bum-out to the core people who get what we’re trying to do. I feel like those core people, they want us to change. They want us to be stoked with it – and if we’re stoked with it, then they’ll follow it. And if they stop, we’re going to keep going …. we’re always ready for that last shoe to drop, and for people to turn their backs, but they seem to follow us through the depths of fuckin’ serious darkness.
He also touched on the need to take a step back from his work, and the difficulty in attaining what he envisions for his music:
Some of the most important moments that I think I’ve ever had come from feeling like I’m at my wit’s end and then keeping going a little bit further, you know? And then you hit your stride, and you’re like, “Holy shit, why would I give up on this?” And I think it makes the meat of me, because I love this shit. It is everything to me…. it is everything to me. That feeling that you get when you do something and you just know that it’s awesome. I worship that feeling. I’ve been chasing that feeling since the first moment I felt it.