Exclusive interview with #Indie legends Bettie Serveert. New videos by Blacktop Mojo, Traveller, Scott Swain, and Weinf. New albums by UK artist Rum Thief, Colour Colour and a new single by Caesaria. Plus the latest Mixtape.
You Might also like
American Anymen is one of those acts that not just say they are socially aware, they are socially aware. By using art as an expression we can, in theory, embed that art into the psyche, which in turn, gives us alternatives to think about. Art, including music, can influence us in ways that are indescribable.
In this interview, we talk to Brett Sullivan, leader of American Anymen, a band that is about change and design their music as a said expression in order to make you think before you act, but acts you must. We talk to Brett about his roots and about how American Anymen was founded. We also get a special preview of their new single with French artist LISE called “Nobody Made Me Smile Like You Did”, which we reviewed HERE.
If you are in the New York City area, check out the emergency meeting by Refuse Fascism that Brett references in the interview. The details are HERE. The meeting will be live streamed on Facebook and on Refuse Fascism’s WEBSITE.
About American Anymen
American Anymen is an Antifolk band, created by Brett Sullivan in 1999 in NYC’s Lower East Side. With an unconventional approach to guitar, their sound is an eclectic mix of folk punk with indie rock and old-school hip-hop.
With singer/songwriter and guitarist Brett Sullivan as its core, American Anymen’s current lineup also includes Tracy Brooks (Herman Dune, Team B/ Bright Moments) on drums and Harlem-based 20-year-old Nova Luz (The Amputees) on bass. All members share vocal duties. Past members include James Levy, Aaron Wilkinson, and LISE.
Unique to American Anymen is the band’s strong political and ethical importance placed on the creative process over lavish equipment. “How you create is as important as what you create,” says Brett Sullivan. The new video emphasizes the downside of globalization, while the previous video for ‘Selectively Stupid’ focuses on controversial accompanying video underlines the sad state of police brutality and social injustice encountered these days.
“There is some sense of unity in contradictions. There can be no good without bad, there can be no up without down, or rich without poor. This song is about how easy it is to live in the U.S. and pretend you not a part of the world’s problems,” explains frontman Brett Sullivan. “Most people think if U love your family, generally respect nature and have a positive outlook on life, you are not part of the crisis that humanity is facing. There are problems, though, and the U.S. is leading the nations of the world in a competition to destroy the planet, to lock out the hungry fleeing from war, and economically dominate all.”
Having shared the stage with the likes of Paleface, The Moldy Peaches, and Jeffrey Lewis, some highlights of American Anymen’s shows include (le) Poisson Rouge, Palisades, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Helsinki’s National Theatre.
“Cleverly worded, right to the point… sonically like a steamroller clearing the debris before it or a snowball barrelling down a hill, gaining momentum as it ascends… gets under your skin (and circles in your head) in the same way as R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of the World (And We Know it)”
– Louder Than War
“American Anymen slams its fist into the corrupt and broken down institutions of the USA… While the music hits the listener head-on, it’s the raging vocal and lyrics vitriol that strikes the target dead-on”
– Northern Transmissions
“Bits of hardcore, indie, sludge punk, and avant-garde rock to create a hybrid that is both herky-jerky and catchy. Take a little Guided by Voices and a little Butthole Surfers and you might wind up with a little something like this”
– Punk News
“So just what is American Anymen on about? The American dream gone wrong… with an awesomely jagged sonic formula drawing me back to have another listen”
– The Spill MagazinePost Views: 99
We all have times in our lives that can define us, depending on how we handle those times and how we show composure in the face of turmoil. I can now name two people who are not only built on composure but stare those trying times in the face and declare “Oh yeah, watch this!”. Those two people are Billy Joe Marrero aka Billy The Kidd Jerzy and Nick Young aka Nickey Knoxx, the roots of the tree that are Epoch Failure. The name, when used to describe the duo, is a bit antithetical, because despite the trials and tribulations that Billy and Nickey have gone through to make their music what it is, what they have, in fact, created is a future legacy that we all wish for and the best of us strive for. You’ll hear what I’m talking about when you listen to the interview above.
To me, Epoch Failure is the epitome of how to face obstacles and make them your pathways to success. Not just in music, but in life.
https://youtube.com/epochfailureofficialPost Views: 113
The summer of 2012 saw Gerry Sheridan and Simon Usher begin their songwriting partnership, which progressed to become Traveller in January 2016 when they were joined by Martin Yves on guitar and Brian Socha on bass.
By spring 2016 the band had written and recorded their debut EP at Chamber Studios in Edinburgh. Taking just four days to complete, ‘All This Time’ enabled Traveller to connect to an ever-growing fanbase who are drawn to their Anthemic Rock wall of sound.
Gerry started out playing violin and piano focusing more on Classical music before teaching himself guitar and concentrating his efforts on more contemporary music; his songwriting is influenced by bands such as The Stereophonics, The Beatles, Crowded House and Travis.
Simon started playing the piano and taught himself both the piano and drums from an early age by listening to artists such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Elton John, Sting, Pink Floyd, Crowded House, as well as Coldplay and U2. Drummers such as Steve Gadd provided the initial inspiration for him to focus on his writing and playing.
Martin remembers seeing his dad play the harmonica that sparked the inspiration for him to dedicate himself to music and a lifelong appreciation for all styles of music though he’s particularly passionate about the late sixties to early seventies Rock, especially the sonic experimentation and sound of Pink Floyd.
Brian’s influences are very diverse from Rock and Pop to Jazz, Funk and Soul, from Frank Zappa to Pink Floyd, Brian’s bass playing provides a solid foundation for the band’s music.
“There’s a sonic harmony that is often created by the band during rehearsals and it’s often from this that sparks the imagination to write” explains Simon. “We write about life’s journey, from the people we meet along the way to all the various experiences that we have, both good or bad…”Post Views: 155