Album of the Week: Circa Waves - Sad Happy


    Circa Waves today 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 frontman 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.

    ‘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.

    Circa Waves headline UK tour kicks off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 27th March 2020, and will take in a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy on 3rd April and finish with a hometown show at Liverpool’s Guild of Students on 4th April 2020.

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