Today from Amsterdam we bring you The Anomalys. I like when a Band shows their personality in the answers to some basic questions. They remind me of early punk bands that did all of this for the love of the song and the energy that went into pounding it out live in front of kids , losing their minds, pogo dancing and pushing each other for the fun of it. These guys play it fast, loud and out of control. Shits good, I can tell you that much. Guitars are killer, and I dig the honesty in the lyrics. Give a listen , The Anomalys are the real deal no doubt about that…
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
The Cramps on steroids and speed
Potlood (guitar, backing vocals)
We are from…….
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Who are some that have an influence on you
Anything from primitive 50’s rockabilly to 60’s garage and from 70’s punk to 80’s hardcore. Wild stuff.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
I think we were all in our teens when we started to play our instruments. Memme the drums, Bone is a drummer too, but plays guitar and harmonica in our band and I (Potlood) play guitar. I was about 15 when I picked up the guitar. I remember the first riff I learned was Paint it Black by The Stones and I thought “Holy shit, I can actually do this!” Never had any music school. 3 chords is all you need to play rock ‘n roll.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Bone usually writes the lyrics and together we start riffing and putting things together in the practice room. When we’re all satisfied with the end result we try it out live to see if it works. Then it’s a matter of finding a recording studio and usually we check if our label Slovenly wants to release it.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Time and money mostly. If we had more time and money we could probably write and record more songs, but since we all have other jobs to pay the rent, it’s not so easy. We didn’t overcome this challenge, but we’ve accepted the fact that the only way to make money in our field of music is to be touring 250 days a year and recording/releasing a new record every year in between. And if we’d be doing that with our way of playing live, we’d already be dead.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
Probably anywhere in between ’58 and ’67. It keeps amazing me that after rock ‘n roll first started, already within a few years bands were making punk music. A lot of songs made back then still sound wilder and rawer than anything made today.
Who are you currently listening to ….
Actually, it’s the Hollywood Brats from the U.K. around 1973. A glam proto-punk band a la the New York Dolls with two guys who would later play in ’77 punk band The Boys. But they’d already recorded punk anthems like Sick on You and Tumble with Me in 1973 in a much more swaggerin’ rock ‘n roll way. Hot stuff.
What do you think of “the state of rock n roll”…
Real rock ‘n roll has gone underground for years. But personally I hate this whole psych/neo-hippie sound and movement that’s been popular over the last years. All bands drenching their voice and sound in reverb and singing “La, la, la, la” All that shit sounds the same. People are calling this rock ‘n roll. But it ain’t rock ‘n roll to me.
some albums that you have played on repeat over the years……
Well, we listen to everything in the van on tour. From old-school reggae to stoner rock, but a great rock ‘n roll album by an Amsterdam band called T-99 is called “Vagabonds”. Great alt-roots stuff.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be
The Sonics, but we already did that. Twice.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
My advice to your son is to watch out when he goes on tour in Brasil. What seem like girls are not girls at all sometimes. Good luck!
Our plans for 2015…..
Our drummer Memme is leaving the band, so right now we’re auditioning new drummers to get this show on the road again and record some new songs we have laying around. To be continued…