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Circa Waves on male depression: A great job doesn’t mean you can’t suffer mentally – BBC News

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Circa Waves frontman Kieran Shudall has revealed how struggles with anxiety and depression have shaped the band’s new sound.

The Liverpool group address male mental health issues on their new album Different Creatures.

“One of the main problems with it is that people don’t talk about it,” the singer tells Newsbeat.

Their new track On My Own addresses the isolation and loneliness that comes with depression.

Circa Waves made their name with catchy indie-pop songs about love and nostalgia.

For fans of Out On My Own. Stay tuned for something very special tomorrow – Kieran

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But their new songs take a different route – with a more raw and angry feel.

Kieran explains how he wrote On My Own after listening to male friends describing their mental health problems.

Speaking after their Radio 1 Live Lounge performance, he said: “Anxiety and depression isn’t black and white.

“It comes in every shape and form, from completely mild to people taking their lives.”

Circa Waves follow Stormzy and Chance the Rapper, who have both acknowledged male depression on their latest albums.

“People like Stormzy and other bands give those suffering the freedom to feel like they can get help and that’s the most important thing really,” adds Kieran.

Lead guitarist Joe Falconer agrees.

“It’s becoming more culturally acceptable for men to speak out [about depression],” he tells Newsbeat.

“I think the more people that are open about it, the more they will feel ok with getting help and we want to be a part of that.”

Since the release of their debut album Young Chasers in 2014, the band have spent a lot of time on the road playing festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Boardmasters.

Circa Waves perform at Glastonbury

The job is not always as glamorous as it suggests and Joe and Kieran are quick to point that out.

“Just because you have a great job doesn’t mean you can’t suffer mentally and I think it’s important for people to know that,” says Kieran.

“You feel a sense of guilt if you have anxiety and depression and you feel like you don’t deserve to or shouldn’t be feeling that way because everything’s going well in your life,” adds Joe.

Different Creatures, as the name suggests, moves away from the everyday themes of the first album to engage with some big issues, from alcoholism to world politics.

The title track takes a disgruntled look at UK politics and attitudes to Syrian refugees.

Source: Circa Waves on male depression: A great job doesn’t mean you can’t suffer mentally – BBC News