Emerging Artists #14 – ANR

December 1, 2010 by  

We’ve come to a crossroads with our regular Emerging Artists feature. Now at #14 we’re going to tweak the questions a little, as some of the recent interviewees have been less than forthcoming, especially Io Echo they were ridiculous. So, ANR will be the last band to answer this particular set of questions.

Anyway, back to the band you clicked on this article to read about. Psych-disco-rock outfit ANR, otherwise known as Awesome New Republic, are another fine pyschadelic US import to come to British shores. Despite supporting nearly everyone in the US and having released records since 2004, the duo of Michael John Hancock (vocals) and Brian Robertson (keyboards, drum machines) are still unknown over here but with their attentions now turned to the UK this should all change in 2011…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

We met in Miami where we still reside, and we make music together because as best friends, that is our shared and preferred activity.
 
How did decide on your sound/direction, and what was behind the decision?

Our sound on record is the inevitable bi-product of our shared tastes and negotiated musical disagreements. In the studio we’re using the basic song-forms as an invitation for dialogue between us, messing around with our individual production styles.

Live, we take the same song forms, and a more clearly defined set of instruments and limitations, and generally play a more amped-up version of those songs.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

We use computer software, pre-amps, microphones, and live instruments, like most people. We try not to limit ourselves so as not to find ourselves unable to get the sound we’re going after.
 
Where was your first show and what was it like?

Our first show was at an art-space. We wore poncho raincoats and the first 5-10 minutes consisted of field recordings of rainy weather and slow-jams. Then our friend Paul came out of the cardboard box that was in between us and played a burning saxophone solo.
 
What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was that like?

The shows that have meant the most to us have been the ones that included a lot of the local peers that we respect. One of the last one of that nature was called Sweatstock and was a free concert put on in Little Haiti that featured a wide array of bands that we love, such as Beings, Jacuzzi Boys, No Age, Otto Von Schirach, Animal Tropical, and more.
 
How do you get around when you’re touring?

We drive the typical big white van.
 
What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

In addition to the aforementioned local acts, we’ve been really enjoying Avey Tare’s new album, all the Warpaint stuff, John Carpentar, Husker Du, Shangaan Electro, and Larry Young.
 
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

Loud, prog/punk/R&B-inspired songs played on three keyboards and a drum-kit by two guys.
 
If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Neu! (Klaus Dinger R.I.P.)
 
Final question, what’s coming up next for the band?

The full release of our “Stay Kids” album with some bonuses next year, a short run of a 7” in December, touring, and writing more songs to keep the releases coming.
 

ANR@Myspace.com

ANR – “The Endless Field of Mercury” from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.


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