Circa Survive – Violent Waves (1st Press)

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Vinyl

Circa Survive’s latest album, Violent Waves, was self released. The band did some creative things with the pre-orders for the album in the form of exclusive limited bundles. Including hand painted jackets, hand written lyrics, wooden boxes, pencil sketches, video chats or a phone calls and autographed lithographs. Also included with the standard items in most bundles like a CD, digital download and t-shirt. There were two of these higher end bundles, the highlight of one was a hand painted jacket, with the highlight of the other, more limited one being hand written lyrics. The hand written lyrics bundle cost a jaw dropping $750 and was limited to just 11 copies. It also came with everything mentioned above. The hand painted jacket bundle cost much less but was still astonishingly expensive at $250. It was limited to 100 copies and included just a hand painted jacket, CD, shirt and digital download out of everything mentioned above.

Each of these hand painted jackets are different from each other, as one would expect with them being hand painted. A plain white gatefold jacket is used and part of the album art is painted on the cover, mainly just the planet with the ship sailing around it. The back of the jacket is painted with the artwork from inside the gatefold jacket of the regular pressing. While replicating most of the original artwork on the back cover, the band also painted in random objects in  every copy as well to make each copy unique. Inside the gatefold jacket the track listing is written out. To make each copy more unique, the band used different colors on every copy. For hardcore variant collectors, this makes it 99.9% impossible to get all the variants for this record.

While I respect Circa Survive for releasing this album on their own, charging $500 for hand written lyrics and something I’ve done with the band (chatting with them) before and after shows for free is something I don’t agree with. These two bundles sold out very quickly. The lyrics bundle sold out in a few hours and the hand painted jacket bundle sold out in a little over 24 hours.

As for details about the record itself, it was pressed as a double LP on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket. No idea how many copies were pressed, probably a couple thousand at least. As usual the artwork, done by Esao Andrews, is amazing. Initially the only place to buy the record was directly through the band, but lately more and more places have started carrying the album on vinyl.


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