Review: Circa Waves at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea

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Something amazing happened at the Wedgewood Rooms last night – hundreds of teenagers put down their mobiles and enjoyed a gig.

The crowd was tough to start and the two warm-up acts could barely compete with the lure of the internet.

But then, when a charismatic Circa Waves came on to the stage with their blend of catchy, poppy indie-rock the audience was with them.

Down the phones went, apart from the occasional snap of the lads in action.

And Circa Waves were good. The foursome were polished and exuded youth.

It’s a sound that’s been heard time and time again – two guitars and upbeat lyrics – but it sounded good. It sounded like a real band.

There were influences of the Kooks, Pigeon Detectives, Libertines and The Vaccines, but for the youthful fanbase it’s a great sound that stands out from the synthesised tripe being served up by other popular artists.

Playing hits from their debut album Young Chasers, Circa Waves’ set was short but sweet.

Stand out numbers for me were Stuck in My Teeth, Lost It and The Luck Has Gone – their catchy riffs obviously having their desired effect on a sold-out Wedgewood Rooms.

They left the stage at bang on 11pm, but returned for a two-song encore, finishing with my personal favourite T-Shirt Weather.

The Liverpool-indie boys’ album is now firmly on my Spotify playlist, I look forward to hearing their next album, but for now Young Chasers captures an expectant, hopeful and optimistic sound of youth in 2015.