Circa Survive: "It used to be difficult not to fill up every space with guitar – this record shows how our ability to restrain ourselves has grown"

Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom
(Image credit: Danielle Parsons/Paige Margulies)

It’s not that Circa Survive’s new A Dream About Love EP is a minimalist effort – the synth-and-sound-effects-smeared first single Imposter Syndrome proves it’s anything but. But, for a band that’s often trafficked in the more prog-geared side of the post-hardcore world via albums like their 2005 debut Juturna and 2017’s The Amulet, this latest release purposefully finds guitarists Brendan Ekstrom and Colin Frangicetto reining in their usual six-string theatrics. 

This often means guitars chime in a more textural, supportive role on pieces like the bass-forward Drift. Likewise, on Even Better, Ekstrom and Frangicetto’s chorus-and-delay-spangled, Cure-like guitar lines are spare, yet impactful.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.