Circle The City is a four piece alternative rock band from Sarnia, Canada. The group features Riley Thompson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Harold Collins (Guitar), Nathan Yeadon (Bass) and Jesse Mootrey (Drums/Percussion). Circle the City is a blend of Influences such as I Mother Earth, The Mars Volta, Fleetwood Mac and Rush, with the common goal to make music that stands out. If you're a fan of sultry jazz vocals, melodic thoughtful guitars, funky jazz breakdowns and pounding bass and drums, you’ll definitely want to take notice.
Circle The City’s newest release “Home” has a smooth and laidback sound that has an early 90’s alternative vibe to it. The ragged guitar riffs give the track texture and allows for that alternative grit take form. Riley Thompson’s vocals are soothing yet to provoke the listener to want to lean in to hear more. The bass line is what really makes this track so cohesive and easy to put on your Spotify playlist. The percussion also adds a kick to the track especially giving the guitar solo an extra boost. The track is beautifully put together and as the listener we are graced to see how everything fits together seamlessly.
Listen to "Home" on Spotify and get to know Circle the City in our interview below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
We are Circle The City, from The Great White North (Sarnia Ontario Canada).
Can you give us a brief history of your bands career?
Jesse and Harold started jamming together shortly after Harold left a band he was playing in. They were very fortunate and met Riley (this is her first band) by answering an ad she had on a band/musician finding site. Nathan moved to the area for college, and came in when we needed to replace our original bassist and he’s been an excellent addition.
How did you guys come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
Circle the City is a take on a line from a Mars Volta song called ‘Televators’ but it’s really personal, we’d also like people to come up their own interpretation of what it means.
Do you guys write your own music?
Yes! And we critique every part of it until we feel it’s ready and there’s nothing else to say, sonically. Our lyrics are done when we feel they best describe a story, or an idea as best they can, whether completely obvious to the listener, or abstract left open to interpretation.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing styles?
Harold: for me, writing something on guitar starts with a melody in my head. I then try to voice it on guitar in interesting and unique ways, by finding a different chord voicing, while keeping in mind Riley’s vocal range. I try to write for her voice. As far as arrangements go, that’s where my influences come in.. I look to them for inspiration on how they make transitions or different parts fit together. For the most part, as a band, the music starts with a guitar riff, which then gets sent out to each member. We each work on it separately and re-convene to put it together. Lyrically, Riley and Harold bounce ideas off each other and co-write the lyrics sometimes. Generally, Riley comes up
with the vocal melody, unless there is one that came with the guitar riff, but at the last minute everything can change. It’s what keeps it interesting. We look to Nathan (bass)and Jesse(Drums) to sometimes be what makes it a completely different dynamic. We have no formula, we write what is natural.
We’re really into your new song 'Home"! Can you tell us a bit about it?
The guitar riff to home is one Harold wrote 4 or 5 years back. It wrote itself all at once really, as opposed to different parts put together over time. He showed the band a few different riffs, and it was one we all gravitated towards naturally.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Self reflection, being unsure of yourself and someone in your life.
Any upcoming shows?
Yes, we’re gonna start gigging in the new year. We start off with one in our hometown of Sarnia on January 19th as a part of a local indie night going on. After that we have a show in Hamilton, Ontario, and Toronto, Ontario, that we’re waiting on set times to be worked out. That’ll be announced when that info comes in. Waiting for some others to be confirmed and also, waiting for more bookings to come In
For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
Energetic, we put our hearts into it.
What’s next for Circle the City in 2019?
Hopefully lots of gigs, we wanna play!, also an album release, and hopefully a record deal.
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