Meet the Bands: Speak Easy Circus

WHO? Glaswegian based band, Speak Easy Circus

GENRE? Indie music with high influences from jazz and punk

FOR FANS OF: Jamie Lawson, Amber Run and Red Rum Club

THE MUSIC FILES FAVOURITE TRACK: Neon In Daylight. Speak Easy Circus’ latest release is the perfect feel-good colourful summertime anthem. Neon In Daylight really emphasises the use of jazz and funk within the band’s style – it creates this wonderful production of music featuring a selection of different instruments blended perfectly with the catchy powerful vocals. Listeners won’t have a clue what to expect next but that’s the beauty of it!

WHY ARE WE DIGGIN THEM? Their unique blend of indie rock, jazz and punk creates this weird yet wonderful genre that I can guarantee you won’t have heard before! It’s clear the band have a variety of different musical backgrounds that is pleasantly displayed throughout their music. They experiment with different genres within their songs that really pull listeners in. A band we can’t wait to see in a live setting!

THE MUSIC FILES FAVOURITE LYRICS:fall asleep in the afternoon, wake up, roll over, do it to the sound of the street outside, lessons happen naturally, write down my favourite words.’ (Write It Down)


Speak Easy Circus started as a solo project before expanding to a live band in early 2019. All of our music so far has been recorded and mixed ourselves in our flat and in 2019 we released our first single ‘Balance the Knife’, an indie/funk combination. This was followed up by second single ‘Write it Down’, a more introspective singer/songwriter song which preempted our debut EP released in late 2019, ‘Bravo Tango Charlie’. Our most recent single was ‘Neon in Daylight’, our feel good ‘summer banger’ which was designed to be played in festivals and parks, however we still decided to release it despite the current lack of festivals! 

We have been continually trying to develop our live sound, looking to translate recorded songs into live songs. We try to make our live shows a different experience to our recorded music. We extend, modify, speed up, slow down various songs, and also include improvised sections and extended solos largely influenced by the bands jazz and soul background. We played our first shows at venues such as the Record Factory and 13th Note and these shows led to the exciting opportunity to play historic venues such as King Tut’s and the O2 Academy. Our most recent gig was our first ever headline show at Nice ’N’ Sleazy earlier this year which was a fantastic experience. So far we have been focused primarily on playing shows in and around Glasgow but over the next year we are looking to expand our reach and play all around Scotland and the UK, supporting awesome bands and also throwing in some headline shows as well.



INSTAGRAM: @speakeasycircusband 

Twitter: @speakeasycircus

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