SOUL CIRCUS – BURN THE MAP/CONSEQUENCES OF YOUTH
Released 14th May 2012 (Soundpeople Records)
Words: John Newspeak for Noise Addiction
Leeds based anthemic indie rockers Soul Circus, present two tracks for our entertainment. Your ringmasters are calling it a double A side single (A fact I find hard to imagine when there is no vinyl to flip) and while we are at it, apparently the physical CD also comes in a sharing 2 pack, which seems too desperate to be cool. But, all that aside, musically, both tracks are pretty good.
Burn The Map opens with a Killers riff as opposed to a killer riff, and takes me by surprise as the vocals enter the story sounding like 80’s band Fiction Factory. Fear not it gets better from here and steadily grows into a cracking radio friendly anthemic rock song. Guitars build like any good Coldplay song would and vocalist Lloyd warms up his pipes before letting rip into the chorus. He has a great tone if a slightly unplaced accent in his diction, which is cool but somewhat unexpected. Once we are travelling along nicely I can taste the guitars of Big Country as well as Editors and other modern aficionados of Indie Rock, which can’t be bad!
Consequences Of Youth starts with great potential and touches on many fine moments but whilst on this roller-coaster of a song, from tommy gun snare drums to Kaiser Chief call and response, it seems to lull a bit in the middle section, which I presume is the calm before the storm. So onwards and upwards we go with the vocals coming to the front, and all of the band crashing through the barriers and taking us higher. So was this the moment Soul Circus took us up into the atmosphere..
Well not quite but not a bad try. I wish them well, and I’ll buy a ticket if these boys come to town. www.soulcircus.co.uk