The four boys of Anchoress have difficulty finding a genre niche for their energetic “strange post-something” that can make any crowd get rowdy. These Vancouver-based punkers have taken influence from artists all across the spectrum: Title Fight, Death Cab for Cutie, even hip-hop like Childish Gambino. Bang your head to their latest EP Compass below and check out the rest of their music on Bandcamp.
For Fans Of: Ceremony, Drug Church, Title Fight
Social Sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Bandcamp
by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Ricky Castanedo - Bass
Keenan Federico - Guitar
Rob Hoover - Vocals
Chris Lennox-Aasen – Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Ricky Castanedo – Mexico City
Keenan Federico – Vancouver
Rob Hoover - Vernon
Chris Lennox-Aasen – Ottawa / Mexico City
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We first met at a party after striking up a conversation about Ricky’s Ruiner shirt and conveniently enough, we had all been looking for other musicians to start a band with. That was in late 2010, and by the spring of 2011 we had written and recorded our first album, Set Sail.
How have you grown since you started?
That first album was very fast and heavy, very blunt. In the years that we’ve been playing together we’ve matured a lot as musicians in terms of intuitively understanding each other’s processes. We’re much more comfortable with each other in expressing ourselves in the songwriting process and as we’re working together we’re constantly surprising ourselves with what we’re capable of, especially in comparison to the simplicity of those older songs.
What sets you apart from other bands?
I think we’re a band that people have difficulty classifying. Maybe it’s because we never set out to try and be one particular sound or style, but we’ve just kind of naturally grown together into this strange post-something band. I feel like wherever we go people tell us we remind them of a really wide variety of bands, from Jesus Lizard to Minor Threat to Bane to Propagandhi and even Isis. I’m just happy that people can find something relatable and enjoyable in what we’re able to create.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
At this point we’re each other’s best friends, so writing and playing music together is the most fun in the world. The “best” part though is always changing. We live in the moment a lot so when we’ve just finished writing a new song that we’re really happy with, it’s the best. When we’re in the studio recording that song, then it’s the best. Playing that song live? The best! I think I’ve said best too many times. Bestie bestest best best.