In their decade-plus career, Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.

Their latest album, Descensus, isn’t just an impressive illustration of Circa Survive’s constantly evolving creativity; it’s a testament to the strong bond the five members share. They’ve experienced career highs and personal lows, but their dedication to each other has never wavered. “We’re just in a really sweet spot in our career where a lot of the hard stuff from the beginning is out of the way, and we’re in this place where we know how to write a Circa song, and we also know how to walk outside of our comfort zone together and enjoy it,” guitarist Colin Frangicetto says. “It just seems like at this point now there’s really nothing to be afraid of.”

The band embraced that fearless mentality when they went into the studio to write and record Descensus. After months of personal upheaval for each of the members, they managed to put all that aside and concentrate on making music together. With producer Will Yip once again at the helm, Circa Survive emerged with an album that they describe as their best yet. Whether it’s loud and chaotic (“Schema”), trippy and indecisive (“Always Begin”) or vulnerable and dejected (“Nesting Dolls”), Descensus is the sound of a band on the same page.

Circa Survive formed in 2004 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It didn’t take long for them to catch people’s eyes and ears, both for their standout debut album, Juturna, and their passionate and dynamic live shows. Each album that followed was a success, from 2007’s On Letting Go to their major-label debut Blue Sky Noise (which would go on to debut at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, their highest chart position yet) to 2012’s Violent Waves, which they self-released.

Circa Survive continue to evolve, creating music that challenges and intrigues them as artists. Their shared desire to constantly create something new is what’s kept both their music and their bond strong.

Circa Survive is: Anthony Green (vocals), Colin Frangicetto (guitar), Brendan Ekstrom (guitar), Nick Beard (bass) and Steve Clifford (drums).

It is no mistake that mewithoutYou have become one of today's most fascinating experimental rock acts. The last 15 years have borne witness to the Philadelphia five-piece exercising stylistic evolutions and aerial dynamics with humbling dexterity and untamed ambition. At their roots may be a theatrical progressive punk/post-hardcore band, but they've never been content to remain comfortably within a familiar genre. Their continuous multi-directional movements have left them increasingly difficult to classify, the growth of their branches impossible to predict. The group's sixth full-length album, Pale Horses, is the best evidence to date of their eclectic agility.

The one constant in mewithoutYou's storied career has been lead singer Aaron Weiss' ability to sketch ornate, thought-provoking narratives. Seamlessly weaving his signature holler amidst whispered storytelling and stream-of-consciousness outpourings, his latest offerings vacillate between the emotionally wracked, vibrantly symbolic, and ambiguously metaphysical. His meandering, technicolor vision of a world apocalyptic—populated with werewolves and vulturemen, shape-shifters and apparitions, android whales and an Idaho bride—combines the fantastic opulence of the group's recent albums with the vulnerable personal confessions of their earliest work.

Longtime band-mates Mike Weiss, Rickie Mazzotta and Greg Jehanian continue to craft dramatic, nightmare soundscapes which lavishly complement their singer's ecstatic hallucinations. The addition of Brandon Beaver (of Buried Beds, the Silver Ages) allows the group as a 5-piece to revisit its earlier intricate, layered fretwork, while adding new depths of vocal harmonies and ever-peculiar arrangements. Musically, the group hearkens boldly to the raw intensity of 2004's Catch for Us the Foxes, while building on the rich imagery of 2006's Brother, Sister. Epic in scope, Pale Horses is mewithoutYou at their best, breathing fresh life into the end times, gloriously terrifying and hauntingly iconic.

Their latest album also marks a new beginning for the band, as it's their first to be released on Run for Cover Records. Teaming with the rising Boston independent label was the outgrowth of their partnership with Will Yip, whose masterful production transforms the band's transcendental musings into a widescreen experience. Drums and bass lines quake with the faults of the earth, as an army of guitars and multi-instrumental nuances ring in the paranoia, mass hysteria and peaceful exaltation. The result is a stunning collage—fitfully disturbing, steadily bizarre, uniquely celebratory—undoubtedly the grandest musical adventure yet conceived within mewithoutYou's expanding tapestry.

Virginia Beach's Turnover has never been a band afraid of telling the truth. The emotional honesty poured out over a number of anthemic releases has been a proven formula of success for the band, but on their sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, the band treads into deeper water. Working again with Magnolia producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive), Turnover's latest record shows a band maturing to create their best effort: an ethereal, reverb-drenched soundscape blending elements of hazy dream pop and the delicate emo rock of yesteryear. Songs like "Hello Euphoria" and "Like Slow Disappearing" highlight the new calmer, more subdued approach to songwriting, matched by Austin Getz's somber, confessional lyrics that echo throughout songs as if his words were haunting every measure. Peripheral Vision solidifies the idea that Turnover is a band with its finger on the pulse of its generation: growing and learning with every release, but never failing to provide a relatable, cathartic experience for anyone listening.

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