Audiofeed 2017 preview: The Anchor Collective
Photo credit: Imani Givertz Photography
Easily one of my favorite surprises of 2017 music discovery so far has to be The Anchor Collective out of Florida. I owe it to Kevin Schlereth for the discovery.
You can read our review of their record here.
As I’ve said before, The Anchor Collective makes me think of what would happen if we put members of Local Natives, The Head and the Heart, and the Lighthouse and the Whaler together. Perhaps to form a new band.
I find the music itself to be heartwarming and down to earth. A nice dash of rock and roll muscle is definitely present, so don’t worry about getting bored while watching these guys live. I’ve never seen them, I just have a feeling.
Read on in our Q&A with the band and check out a song:
Tuned Up: What’s your favorite Audiofeed memory? If you haven’t been yet what are you looking forward to?
ADRIAN: This is our first time at Audiofeed! After years of being jealous of our friends. So I’m looking forward to all of it.
CHRIS: Also hopefully finding my new favorite band amongst all of the music I didn’t know existed.
If any band that no longer exists could headline a show you play, who would it be?
JOSH: The Soil and the Sun/ The O.C. Supertones
ADRIAN: Anathallo, easy.
What records and/or songs have had heavy rotation these past few months for you?
JOSH: Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” and Chance’s “Coloring Book” are just on repeat.
CHRIS: Kept On Hold’s album “Promises” is a mainstay in my rotation, Zao’s “A Well Intentioned Virus” may be their best work yet.
ADRIAN: Also the new Civilian record is perfect. Oh and The Soil & The Sun released “Actual Replica Vol. 2”. I miss them pretty much every day.
Describe your music with language as if you’re ordering a five course meal.
JOSH: We begin this culinary excursion with a light gnosh of seared lobster tail garnished with soft sweet guitar licks. Then set your sights on the salad which is equal parts soothing harmonies and slightly odd tempos and deceptive intricacy. The main course is split into 2 portions: You have your medium rare “bone in” T-bone which has rich drum and bass marbling throughout the meat. The veggies and potatoes are dusted with guitar effects bringing to mind the vastness of space and the unknown that lies beyond. We finish this delicate journey of sound and taste with a dessert that is simple, classic and a favorite of every one. Warm, dense chocolate brownies that are infused with catchy lyrics and a giant scoop of handmade Vanilla Ice Cream with a soft drizzle of glockenspiel and horns.
Do you remember the first album you purchased/received? What was it?
JOSH: The first album I FOUND was my dad’s cassette of D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar”. That turned out to be my parents “night-time” music.
Who on the Audiofeed lineup has a don’t miss set?
CHRIS: Definitely need to see Lowercase Noises; and on the other end of the spectrum you have to see Living Sacrifice. They were my first introduction into heavier music way, way back and they’re still killing it. So basically if a band name begins with an “L” you should check them out.
Have you ever come across an exceptionally good or bad tattoo job? What was it?
ADRIAN: I once saw the words, “I AM” tattooed HUGE on someone’s chest, but the “I” was a weird script and the spacing was off so it looked like the person really really loved to eat jam.
Are there any summer movies you’re especially looking forward to this year?
CHRIS: I still need to see Alien: Covenant, so there’s that one. Also looking forward to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
What’s the ONE THING your music is trying to communicate to the world?
ADRIAN: That we are all made of stardust and the breath of G-d. And there’s an unrelenting vastness that knits every human together.