Alternative rock’s most unconventional band, Circa Survive, have shared the second single and music video from their upcoming sixth full length, The Amulet, due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records. “Rites of Investiture” is an explosive cut propelled by distorted bass and soaring vocals, the kind of unapologetically intricate and ambitious music that’s made Circa Survive a truly distinctive force to be reckoned for over a decade. Even in 2017 where rock has been somewhat relegated back to the underground, Circa Survive still dare to create uniquely guitar-driven music with an element of scale and grandeur that has few peers.
For the “Rites of Investiture” music video Circa Survive enlisted and unexpected star: a teenage version of their vocalist, Anthony Green. All of the footage for the video comes from a 1994 short film shot by Green’s cousin,Jonathan Michaels. Michaels was building his film school portfolio and asked then 12-year-old Anthony Green to act in one of the projects, rewarding him with a copy of The Smiths’ seminal album, The Queen Is Dead, which Green promptly fell in love with. The repurposed black and white footage makes for a surprisingly eerie companion for the fiery new track, complementing its lyrics surrounding birth and the harsh world that children are immediately thrown into.
The Amulet is due out September 22nd.