Faith or Theory by Circle of Reason has reignited my passion for modern melodic rock, by pure virtue of how damn enjoyable it is. Top songs, top work all around. It’s time to get to know this new face of rock, (at least in my mind), so without further ado, let’s have at it…
Introduce us to Circle of Reason!
Simon – Vocals/Guitar
Gary – Guitar
Andy – Drums
Rob – Bass/Backing vocals
What are your influences?
Deftones, Mastodon, Biffy Clyro, Muse, FFAF, Coheed and Cambria etc . We like riffs, we like melody.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Circle Of Reason – Faith Or Theory 😉
Weezer – the white album
Bon Iver – Can’t make you love me (single)
Quiet World – Native Construct
Marmozets – The weird and wonderful Marmozets
Tell us about Faith or Theory
It’s an insight into where we are as a band right now. It’s more personal than previous work; it’s more thought out and also more to the point. We wanted to make an album that we would want to listen to and were excited to play each song on it and we’ve achieved that. We needed to write this for ourselves but also to show people who we are now.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
We wanted something eye catching, something with more colour in it, we liked the idea of an octopus and the symbolism behind it. It was something we wanted from the start and are so happy with it, which was done by James Wilson (check him out).
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
Gary has this cauldron of riffs and once he’s done mixing we’ll eat pizza and sing over it. We’ll refine and add as we go and hopefully end up with a song we’re all pleased with. 🙂
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
It’s hard to tell as at points we weren’t sure how this album would turn out. Musically it ended up being heavier than our last EP with a focus on playing things a lot more simply but to retaining ‘our sound’. I guess as we play this set of songs more and more we will naturally end up writing songs that we are in the mood to play and listen to. There will be progression but we don’t know which direction, it will be an organic evolution not forced.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Simon – Mine is Never Enough. It’s just non-stop, full on, welcome to the jungle.
Rob – Clarity. The intro hits you in the face like a big fish on a cold spring morning, and the vocals layered over that riffage, ooooohh yeaaahhh.
Gary – Favourite song for me to play at the moment is Tie Up The Sky, it packs a punch throughout and doesn’t stop riffing.
Andy – Clarity for me, it was the song that had some of the least amount chopping and changing done to it, we also fell into it, Gary had an idea on the guitar, and we just went with it. I love playing it to!
With music becoming increasingly digital in nature, what’s your take on the digital/physical debate and the current state of the music industry?
Andy – I’ve always been a fan of collecting music, to me it’s not only the CD it’s the artwork, to have a physical copy of that is important. Digital is also important, it’s how the large majority of people listen to music now, so you have to be adaptable to it.
Gary – Digital is so easy and convenient which is great, everything is instantly available for people to buy or stream which is brilliant. It’s great that records are back in a big way now too, I feel sorry for the CD but they seem to be becoming less desirable, but in my opinion still very important.
Rob – Physical media is not really long for this world, even though we do appreciate having hard copies of some albums from time to time. It’s a bit of a shame, but if you don’t evolve with the times, you’re dead in the water.
Simon – I wouldn’t buy many CD’s now. Digital is so much easier. iTunes and Spotify are so convenient and easy to use. If I like an album I’ll buy it on vinyl. The artwork is nicer and it’s not in a crappy CD case that will get ruined. Physical copies are great for us as a band to sell at gigs and have something to hold and keep for ourselves.
As for the current state of the music industry, we’re probably not in the know as much as we should be, we can only speak from personal experience in this band, but can say that it’s tough to get noticed, tough to get people to listen to you or even make them aware of the band as there’s so many trying to do the same thing. But that being said, if it wasn’t hard it wouldn’t be worth doing.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
Rob – Essential if you intend on trying to get your music heard by the masses, not to mention there’s always the chance of being ‘discovered’ albeit a small chance. If you’re not interested in playing live and putting on a good show for those willing to part with their hard earned cash to watch, then this game ain’t for you.
Andy – Essential, the reason we write and record is to go out and play live.
Gary – Never pointless especially if you enjoy it
Simon – Essential.
What are the next steps for Circle of Reason?
We are shooting another music video for our next single which will be released before the album comes out on May 27th. We’ve got an album release tour at the start of June and another tour in July. We’ve managed to land a tasty festival towards the end of the summer and are planning lots more tours/weekenders with some really great bands. We’re taking this album on the road and waking everyone up!