With a nod to classic rock of the past and recording in their drummer’s studio deep in the countryside well away from the rest of society, German band Circus Electric have honed a deliciously cool bluesy rock sound.
The trio explain that they’ve had ‘interesting’ experiences in the music industry, which convinced them that the best way forwards was to go it alone. And, based on the evidence of their debut EP All Night, it’s difficult to argue otherwise.
The band sent us Looking For Love, the opening track of the EP, which was released last month. It opens up with a big brooding dual-guitar riff and a wandering bassline, that continue in a verse of laid-back. It bursts into life with the more energetic vocals “Baby, I’m looking for love” then the opening riff gives way to another chilled verse.
A second chorus gives way to an awesome guitar solo, which jumps straight into more intense vocals over the sweet guitar riffs and distant guitar tremolos.
And if you thought that was good, then you really need to go and give the EP a listen. It’s immediately followed by the superb Magic Medicine, which opens up with a little guitar riff supported by classic organ sound, then a lively opening verse. It beautifully builds up to a big catchy chorus, which dives back into the riff and organ to nicely set up the next verse. A second chorus is followed by a blitzing guitar solo, which alone is enough to tell you how good this band is, then a really cool noodling guitar lick. Check it out below.
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Circus Electric?
CE: “It’s Adrian on the Guitars and Vocals, Leo on the Drums and Oskar on the bass. Leo and Adrian have played together for over 10 years, and Oskar joined them later in 2012. Before Circus Electric they were called The White Dukes and even supported Deep Purple in Germany.”
CE: You just released Looking For Love. What should people be expecting from the song?
CE: “The riff was the first part of writing it and the rest came fast and natural.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
CE: “It’s a speeding ticket soundtrack!”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CE: “Our main muse is the blues and anything, that has its DNA in it. Sometimes we’re looking for love or feel funky and let the music be influenced by that.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“It goes from Robert Johnson to John Bonham or Steve Marriott. Everyone in the band has his heroes and influences, allowing us to mix all of these in our sound. We listen to any kind of music!”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
CE: “We have some shows planned for August and November, while we mainly focus on finishing our first full-length record. Next year we plan on playing our first tour. Watch out for dates here.
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
CE: “We do it for the love for music and live shows! Come see us in a town close to you and let your local radio station know about us!”