An Interview with Circa Survive’s Anthony Green

This was an article I originally wrote for the music publication “Origivation.” I recently came across it again and wanted to share.

Overcoming the Quarter-Life Crisis

There seems to be a common medium shared by every twenty-something year old on the planet. It’s a state of evaluation of one’s life; a teetering between fight-or-flight mode than can last for months or even years on end. Psychiatrists have dubbed this “the quarter-life crisis.” Common characteristics of a quarter-life crisis are identity confusion, loneliness, frustrations with the working world and relationships, boredom, restlessness, and an overall feeling of anxiety. The quarter-life crisis is rooted in feelings of inadequacy and fears that one has not seen/done/experienced enough. Some people, in my personal opinion, have had the great fortune of avoiding these emotions completely. They have had numerous accomplishments at an early age, and their stars will only continue to rise. I feel that Anthony Green, from the Philadelphia based group Circa Survive, is one of these lucky people.

Anthony is a very, very talented musician who has previously played with such bands as Audience of One, Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, and Saosin. He is currently the lead singer of Circa Survive. The band has been together for four years, but the members have known each other a lot longer than that. “We were all mutual friends,” Green explains, “We knew each other for a long time through other people. Our lives always kind of ran parallel to each other’s before we formed Circa.”

Anthony attributes his love of music to bands such as Minor Threat and the Smiths. He draws from a number of different musical influences for his bands, but the lyrics and actual songs are all very personal to him. “I think it’s a bit selfish to take experiences from your own life for song material,” Anthony says, “But that’s all I know.”

Anthony Green has been all over the United States while touring with his different bands, and even to England more than once. “We don’t get much downtime during tour,” he says, “We’re always waiting. Waiting for sound-check, waiting to go on stage. I can’t just chill because I’m so ready to play so I can’t relax. And then after the show, I can’t hang out because I’m so exhausted. I just want to curl up in a ball and be alone for a mile in every direction and people still want to hang out.”

Green’s favorite local venues to play in Philadelphia are the Unitarian Church and the Trocedaro. “The church is so intimate,” Anthony says, “Everyone is just hanging out and listening to music and it has a very comfortable vibe.”

Anthony’s love for the Troc can be traced back to his younger years when he went and saw the Melvins there. “It was my very first show and I was fourteen years old. It’s ridiculous to be able to play in a venue where I was when I was fourteen at a sold out show. I love it.”

The fans are also what keep Anthony going. “Circa fans are amazing,” he gloats, “They are just all so cool. Like for Christmas this year fan named Kyle gave presents out to all the band members. I think he’s lour biggest fan in the world. He gave us these journals that he made about following the band around. It was just really endearing and amazing.”

Anthony Green is only twenty-five years old and already is adored the world over for his musical genius. It shakes regular twenty-somethings, such as myself, to their core, but it also has the potential to inspire us. Anthony was born with an immense gift of creativity, and he has used that to its full advantage. He has worked his ass off to get where he is now and I think we should all do the same. Instead of freaking out that we’re not good enough, we should cultivate our skills and find out what we love to do. Hopefully there will be a lot less depression amongst my generation if we do that.

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