Circa Waves certainly are making a splash in the music world, and quickly too. Six months ago they were barely a band, and now they’re feeding hit singles to the masses via Transgressive. Young Chasers is the latest, and I personally think it's the best so far.
They're universally branded with The Strokes/every-other-remotely-catchy-indie-band-since-2000 comparisons. But Young Chasers is a sharp slap across the cheek for these people, and proves a point; they can put a gritty, post-punk spin on things if they want to, and pack it all into two minutes and eight seconds in true punk fashion. Just wait for the ‘ooohs’ to kick in, and the guitar feedback, and you’ll see what I mean.
It’s totally different to previous release Stuck In My Teeth, which is painfully catchy, yet admittedly a bit too poppy. Hopefully they will stay off the indie-pop bandwagon, and continue to experiment with sounds that are a bit more rough-and-ready, like they have done with Young Chasers. There’s no denying they’re obviously still very Strokes-influenced, and probably always will be. But hey, if that reunion never happens then at least we can bank on these guys to provide us with sufficient listening material for the foreseeable future.