Circa Waves have backed up the release of their mighty new single ‘Wake Up’ with the release of an equally explosive video.

A murky exploration of the human condition, the ‘Wake Up’ video takes an intimate look at an array of misfits in their darkest hours, darting between shots of each enigmatic character and a congruously fiery performance from the band.

Frontman Kieran Shuddall says of the video, “Wake Up is a response to the fears and demons that are inside all of us. It’s fierce, dark and sinister.”


The video follows the announcement that the band’s eagerly anticipated new album Different Creatures, will be released on Dew Process on March 10.

‘Wake Up’ was released as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last month and received its Australian premiere on triple j. It finds the band re-establishing themselves with a powerhouse rock sound, thanks to the co-production skills of Shudall and studio legend Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Killers, Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, NIN), as walls of fuzzed guitars jostle for space with Shudall’s trademark melodies, re-introducing the world to a band ready to push their sound forward and claim their place at the top of the table of UK guitar bands.

‘Wake Up’ is the first single the UK quartet has released since their massive 2015 album Young Chasers, and stands as a juttering, barbed statement-of-intent on what to expect from Different Creatures. The album is poised to be the grittier, ‘night time’ counterpart to the breezy summer vibes of its predecessor Young Chasers, which established them as firm favourites of Aussie audiences off the back of huge singles like ‘T-Shirt Weather’ and ‘Fossils’.

Shaped by Shudall’s perceptive songwriting that reflects the changes in the world he sees, Different Creatures showcases a general sense of disenchantment, as he tackles weightier subject matter against the backdrop of a louder and more forceful band, delving into a sonic territory occupied by rock heavyweights such as Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Shudall says of the new single “‘Wake Up’ is a big and bold way to start. It shows we’re not messing around anymore”.

He adds that he has a new found perspective on his songwriting in the aftermath of the success of Young Chasers that has resulted in this maturing of the band’s sound, encouraging them to evolve rather than rest on their laurels. “When I saw the way that people connected with it I really started to believe in myself. I’m a different person now – I feel like I’ve got a fire in my belly with this record.”

Different Creatures is the sound of a band who are going with their hearts, reflecting the changes they’re seeing unfold around them and moving forward. A risky move, but as fans will soon discover for themselves, it’s a risk that has paid off creatively in droves.