If you’ve ever heard him perform, it’s crystal-clear Anthony Green is one of the most vibrant stylists in the contemporary punk scene. Green initially came to prominence in 2003 as the frontman for the California-based unit Saosin, adding his idiosyncratic vocal stylings to the band’s first EP, Translating The Name. After his departure from the band the following year (due to the ever-prevalent “musical differences”), he began working with former This Day Forward members to create Circa Survive, whose balance of post-hardcore and atmospheric alt-rock have found favor with a fanbase ranging from metalheads to Warped Tour attendees to balding middle-aged dudes in faded Tool shirts. Since 2004, Green has written and recorded four releases with Circa, including a limited-edition EP The Inuit Sessions (2004), Juturna (2005), On Letting Go (2007) and Blue Sky Noise (2010).
After completing a tour behind On Letting Go, Green and Circa guitarist Colin Frangicetto retired to a house in Avalon, New Jersey, to record Avalon, the singer’s first solo album. The primarily acoustic-based affair featured performances by members of Good Old War and Weezer and also spawned a limited-edition remix disc with versions reworked by Frangicetto. In addition to Circa Survive and his solo work, Green is also a contributor to the Sound Of Animals Fighting, an ad hoc supergroup helmed by Rich Balling of Rx Bandits. (Participants in the project adopt animal names in the credits; Green’s code name is “The Skunk.”) Although Green is a charismatic figure in a scene where routine seems more prevalent than ever, he remains grounded about both his work and the public’s perception of him. Green explained it to AP in 2010 accordingly: “What the people out there don’t realize is that what they see in me and in Circa Survive is what they just haven’t seen in themselves. Yet.”