INTERVIEW: CIRCUS 66

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having us – pretty awesome all things considered!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Jekyll or Hyde”?

So, Jekyll or Hyde is our third single release, hot on the heels of “A Thousand Miles from Home” and “Monster”, from our first full length album “Follow the Black Crow”, due for release in June. I think the song shows the broad sonic palette this band has – it’s got a thunderous and hard hitting groove with chunky guitar riffs, and a big, unique vocal – like if Audioslave had a baby with GnR, and it grew up with daddy issues.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I think with many of us going through tough times there’s no shortage of inspiration – the best songs come from life experience after all. This track really came together naturally and organically.  We didn’t purposefully try to write about anything from the get go, it just came together over the course of a few weeks.

The Lyrics and melody came together from some tough decisions we had to make, and some challenging relationships we’ve had in the past – which got us thinking about the impact of our choices, and the different paths it can take you down.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Absolutely – we’ve got a cinematic masterpiece coming out with this track on the same day, this time around our video tells a story of duality. It’s a bit different to your average music video these days, in fact it’s more like a movie – there’s a whole story and we even hired actors for it, it’s going to be HUGE.

The single comes off your new album “Follow The Black Crow” – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s named after the headline track by the same name on the album – which in itself is a story about someone close to us who passed away. For that track, we wanted to do something special and give the album a proper climax, with such a powerful build-up from the songs before it. It’s a 9 minute, no holds barred ensemble with us putting everything we have into it, masterpiece.

The Black Crow idea refers to the journey of life, the struggles we have, and the things we do – there are times when you are grounded, stifled and anchored in place, and times when you break out and fly free. I like to think of the whole album as your life flashing before your eyes, before finally flying free.

How was the recording and writing process?

Song-writing is always a very visceral and natural process for us, and I think that comes across in this track. We never force anything, and all of us are really creative with tons of ideas ready for working into something when we get in the studio.

Most of the songs on the album came from a guitar riff first, then we got the drums down, and added bass and vocals. We tend to write things together in the studio and test the waters with them in our live shows, and then we get to work recording it.

What role does the UK play in your music?

The UK is in dire need of some new music that tickles all pickles, that’s where we come in!  Just you wait!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Mostly from an idea, a theme if you will – we always try to tap into a mindset and see what comes out. ‘Jekyll or Hyde’ is centred around how the choices you make lead to different paths in life.

What else is happening next in CIRCUS 66’s world?

Well, we’ve got ourselves a swanky new album coming out, with plans for a tour and world domination – when we are allowed of course! 

Beyond that, we’ve already started work on a bunch of new ideas and material for whatever comes after the album – an EP, singles, maybe another album – being locked in our houses for a year has given us a lot of time to create, so lots of exciting things to come!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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