The central structural concept of “Birdman” is that there are no obvious cuts – the camera pirouettes and glides around the set, glancing from character to character like some phantasmal observer, invisible to the characters but privy to nearly all. There are cuts hidden behind closing doors and backstage blackness, and the observant viewer will spot them, but there’s little fun in that.
Circa Survive is one of those groups where it takes a long list of genres to even remotely describe its music. Wikipedia lists them as alternative rock, indie rock, experimental rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and shoegaze, though, I’d also throw hardcore in, too. Despite this seemingly diverse mixture, the group doesn’t genre bounce. Rather, these influences are mixed up into a signature brew of the “Circa Survive sound.”