SAN FRANCISCO — Despite just having released a new album a little more than a month ago, Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green decided to focus his solo acoustic tour on the 10-year anniversary of another record, Avalon. Green’s tour made a stop at the Great American Music Hall Sunday.
Even though Green also writes the lyrics for Circa Survive and his other band, Saosin, his solo material shows Green in a much more intimate light, and the show reflected that. And while, with the post-hardcore band Circa Survive, he’s often a ball of intensity, Green brought a more reserved, controlled emotion to the solo show.
His setlist included mainly Avalon cuts, including singles “Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You)” and “She Loves Me So,” to which fans sung along. The encore included a couple of songs from his just-released LP, Would You Still Be In Love: “Keep Your Mouth Shut” and “Vera Lynn,” as well as as a cover of the Deftones’ “Diamond Eyes.”
Throughout, the Circa Survive frontman deftly managed the crowd, creating a kind of symbiosis with his audience. He also didn’t stick to any one particular genre, blending elements of indie rock and folk in with post-rock, for which he’s better known.
Good Old War not only opened the show, but its members—Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold and Dan Schwartz—also supported Green. The Philadelphia folk trio performed its record Only Way to Be Alone, celebrating its own 10-year anniversary, in its entirety. Green joined them on stage during the cut “Weak Man.”
But that wasn’t all. Two members of Gold Old War opened the show with a brief set of their new music as Found Wild. Even as fans were still making their way into the Great American Music Hall, the duo was setting the intimate tone for the night with a mix of indie, folk and country, which was in line with the essence of the other acts. Green also joined Found Wild on stage for a song.
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