In a world of overproduced music, the debut album from Circus is a breath of fresh air. Paul McCarthy (The Boys, The Jackals) with Peter Reeve on lead guitar, Troy Shirley on drums and Jarrad ‘Shitbird’ Carr on bass have recorded something special.
In Real Time is the real deal. Captured in one take, 13 fresh songs, no tweaking, at all (he promised me). Live, raw, an effortless sound.
A band that fell together quickly decided they had to try getting their instant chemistry recorded. There are some people that think good art must come from suffering and hard work. This album proves that sometimes the easy way is the best way.
Paul McCarthy isn’t a guy big on selling himself. The fact we’ve had to wait 25 years for this album is a clue that he was never really comfortable with the idea of churning out albums. Until Circus’s first rehearsal. For the first time he just knew he wanted to share this rare thing.
Circus do have something special, and the band knows it. Not in a conceited way, but like how you have a gut feeling that this is just…right.
McCarthy and the guys are back to their roots, playing loud rock with a little blues twist because they love it. So come see the baby In Real Time being launched. It was an easy birth apparently, and it shows.
Have a fun night at The Morley Bar and Bistro on Saturday September 21st ushering in this unique album. More information here.
Funnily enough my favourite memory of chatting to Paul McCarthy on Fathers Day was not about music, bands and albums – but when he asked me to hang on a minute to tell his father “I’ll be with you soon, Dad, I’m just doing an interview.” That little bit of pride in his voice was just lovely to hear.