Circle The City – Five Questions With

Circle The City

Circle The City shares the ethereal single, “Next Of Kin”

Circle The City, the alternative rock band from Ontario, has unveiled their new single, “Next Of Kin.” The grooving and dark track about society’s lack of respect when it comes to privacy, but also being apathetic and completely trusting of news and information we receive daily.

“We have unlimited resources to check facts, but we’d rather it be fed to us,” Circle The City says.

“Next of Kin” begins with an atmospheric guitar arpeggio and then kicks off with a running bassline and the powerful, introspective vocals from Marisa Campbell. The track moves through the musical spectrum, sounding a bit doom rock, progressive jazz, and alternative. It’s a weird and wonderful melting pot from a band with various influences.

“We want our fans or music listeners to be unexpecting and open-minded to the different sounds we create,” the band says. “We are always trying to challenge one another when it comes to writing music. There is an expectation amongst us to never become complacent with our sound.”

Listen to the new single below, and find out more about Circle The City via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Harold: Hello! We are Circle The City, an alt-rock group based in Southwestern Ontario.

Marisa: Thank you so much for featuring us. It’s an honour to be in Canadian Beats!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Jesse: This is always a really tough question for us. We’re sort of a melting pot of sound.

Nathan: Yeah, we really are a sum of all our influences.

Harold: We usually go with the genre “alt-rock” it seems to be the safest bet when people find our music. When it comes to writing style, I usually start with working out guitar riffs, and once I have something I like, I bring it to the band. From there, I think we all put our own spin on things.

Marisa: Definitely! The writing process is inclusive of us; it’s always been a group effort. Harold brings his guitar chops, Nathan whips up a bass line, Jesse gives us a killer beat, and I start writing melodies.

What have you been doing to keep yourself creative during the pandemic?

Jesse: I’ve been listening to a lot of new music and trying to learn other bands’ music – it helps keep me in practice, and it’s a fun challenge!

Marisa: For part of the pandemic, I’ve been going to Fanshawe’s school in the Music Industry Arts program! That’s been keeping me very creative.

Harold: I had a kid during the pandemic. I’ll leave it at that.

If I asked you to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

All: Our newest single, Next of Kin!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Marisa: Lights is a classic, and I’ve become a big fan of Lost In Japan out of London!

Harold: I’ve always loved and drawn influence from I Mother Earth and Bird Problems. They’re always in my playlist.

Nathan: July Talk, and I have to say Rush.

Jesse: I’ve been enjoying Telomere and Pantomime recently, and of course, I have to say Rush too.

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