Thrash Hits Verdict:
Remember that time Basick Records released a bad record? Yeah, we don’t either. Circles are from Australia and they fit solidly into the Basick blueprint of brilliant melodic technical metal. There are hints of Incubus and Finch about the vocals and masses of SiKth and Meshuggah about the riffs. Basickally (LOL, sorry), they’re bloody good. We’re just waiting for the flaming galahs to get their bums over to the UK.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Melodic! Progressive! Metal!
How did you meet?
Well, Ted (guitars) and Dave (drums) have been mates since childhood, always jamming and recording ever since their fingers were big enough to push the buttons on a tape recorder. Drew (bass) used to be in a band with Dave and Ted, and eventually they started their own band. Matty (guitars) just showed up one day, and he seemed harmless at the time. We now know better. The funny thing is, Matty was the one who found me. I should fix my Facebook privacy settings. Oh, and I’m Perry – I handle the cheesy jokes around here…
What made you want to start a band?
Money. Sex. Power… These are the things you will learn to live without if you end up in a metal band. But in all seriousness, Ted has always had amazing song ideas, and Dave has an incredible vision from start to finish on every track. For these two reasons alone, they were persuaded to start their very own band. Once the rest of us heard the result of this collaboration, we just knew that we had to be part of it.
Where did the name come from?
Circles? I dunno. Personally, I’ve always contemplated the overall simplicity of the circle, it’s underlying perplexities, and the fact that it can be found through out the world in just about anything. But if you ask the other guys, they’ll just say that we wanted a simple name. Period. I say to hell with that!
What are your musical influences?
Dude, that’s like asking, “How many books have you read?”.
How many books have you read?
Five (excluding Leg Action Magazine, Swank and Hustler). I’ll tell you what I’m listening to at the moment: Finch – Say Hello To Sunshine, The Bronx (every single damn album they’ve ever made is GOLD!), Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. 1 (don’t be hatin’ on me), Sikth – Death Of A Dead Day, and Sevendust – Home. Generally speaking, our influences are diverse. We all agree on Pantera and Meshuggah, but Ted and I have absolutely no beef with pop music at all. I remember being a kid and loving Michael Jackson. Then it was Kiss, Motley Crüe, and Bon Jovi (I said NO hatin’, dude!?!). We all get boners over Deftones, and if you haven’t heard Sikth, then do it or die!
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
The best thing about being in a band would have to be the response we’ve received for our debut, it has been nothing short of amazing! People all over the world are listening to The Compass right now, and it truly is a great feeling! We all have bad days, and difficult personal circumstances, but the buzz we’ve been getting from people really makes it worth it. The next best thing would have to be the touring, can’t wait to visit you chaps either!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Same as above, but I’d like to expand that list to include our good pals Humality. These guys are the masters of groove. They are nothing short of amazing, expect big things from those chaps. I’ve heard their new stuff and fuck me! Plus, they’re nice kids who always wanna party. Partying is cool.
Was that a pre-requisite to signing? Were you actually called Circle before and Barley just added an ‘S’?
Dammit! You’re too close to the truth, leave it alone, or you might get a creepy phone call from Barley soon… 7 dayssssss… CLICK! AAAAAARRRRRRGH! Nah, we didn’t give it any thought. I guess we didn’t wanna get confused with Bon Jovi’s latest musical opus The Circle.
What’s the best or funniest show you’ve played?
Our hometown launch for The Compass (Melbourne) was off the hook! We had people doing a “Circles” pit, singalongs and general mayhem. Fuck yeah.
Tell us a joke.
You gave James Monteith his own column in your magazine. Enough said!
Expect a full length album from Circles some time in the near future as well as lots of touring. In the meantime, head over to their Facebook and say HIYA!