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Questions on the Go | Anfang

We got to ask Anfang a few questions on the go.

Please describe the band in a single sentence.

– Anfang answers the age old question, “What if grunge grew up in the south, but was a little bit emo about it?”

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

– We’ve been working on recording and releasing a slew of singles over the past few months and continue to focus our attention on that. Two of those singles, Guerrilla Mitts and Legs were released in November and January respectively, and we are hitting the studio in a couple weeks to start recording a couple more. In addition to writing and recording, we are also looking forward to playing live more. We were consistently putting on shows before the pandemic and are hoping to pick things back up again in the near future.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

– We don’t necessarily have specific feelings we want people to feel when listening to our music because we believe music is subjective and people interpret it in different ways depending on their own life experiences. Our music is no different, it can mean something different to different people, so we are hesitant to say we want people to feel this way or that way when they listen to it. However, we do write music with the intent of expressing the hard to describe, ineffable feelings associated with everyday life and we hope that it resonates with people and whatever they’re going through.

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

– We all come from varied musical backgrounds (and sometimes eras) and therefore pull from a lot of different influences. That being said, Queens of the Stone Age is a band that we continually find ourselves most often being influenced by. They have the riffs, the lyrics, the mood, the aura; the sort of cohesiveness and identity we are constantly aiming for as a band. It also helps that they’ve been around for 20+ years and we all grew up listening to them. As for influences outside of music, I think the sci-fi films of Denis Villeneuve are especially influential to all of us. Specifically in Dune, Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, his world-building and his use of color and texture to tell a story is moving. Nothing in his toolbox goes to waste. Not to mention the score! The music is a character in and of itself. The idea of music having its own soul is something any musician can get behind.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

– Probably somewhere in Scandinavia. If we had to flee the country we’d like to go somewhere with a healthy rock scene, and we feel like Scandinavia tops that list based on a lot of the great rock acts that have come out of that region. (We’re all big fans of The Hives, The Hellacopters, Truckfighters, and some of our members are continually working to convince other members of ABBA’s brilliance.) Plus we’re already used to unforgiving cold having grown up in the northern American Midwest, so we wouldn’t have to get used to a different climate.

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

– We get a pretty good idea of a song’s potential when we sit down to start writing it. Some songs are a struggle and take months to write. A portion of those songs never get released because we feel if we’re struggling that much to finish it, we don’t feel confident in it’s strength as a song and will therefore either scrap it completely or put it on the back burner to revisit it down the line. Other songs though are the exact opposite. Someone comes in with an idea, we jam on it, and we’ve got a nearly completed song in a matter of hours. The ‘wow factor’ for us then is how confident do we feel in a song’s foundation. That process of fleshing out a song helps us determine if we feel we should keep it and show it off, or if we should scrap it and move in another direction.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

– Our second show that we ever played was in a college town about an hour outside of Chicago. None of us had ever been there, let alone played a show there, but we got asked to play and weren’t about to turn that down. So, we get to the venue and find out it’s a coffee shop up front with a stage in the back; more or less what we were expecting from a venue next to a university. Four bands are on the bill and we’re set to go third. The first band starts playing and they end up being a soft indie rock outfit. Nothing at all wrong with that, they’re good and the audience is digging it. The second band got on stage and same thing, soft indie rock. We’re now starting to get a little concerned that the audience doesn’t know what they’re in for with us. We play loud, aggressive rock music, not in anyway related to what they’ve been listening to for the past 90 minutes. Nevertheless, we go on and play our set. Is the audience into us? In a word, no. Are they a little annoyed that we’re playing our music. Almost definitely. We had a good time though and ended the night with a band photo shoot in a blizzard. Plus it was an excellent lesson to have learned. We now do a little research before blindly agreeing to be on a bill.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

– “As Angsty As We Are Polite: The Story of Anfang”

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

– A tour is definitely in the front of everyone’s mind. We’re taking our time and being patient about it, but having released a couple singles and an EP over the past year, we’d all really like to hit the road and play our songs for people in areas outside our home base of Chicago. We have a plan already in motion for how we’re going to do it, but we need the pandemic to die down a little more before we start traveling around the country dancing with strangers in rock clubs.

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