With burning warm chords and an eclectic sound that borders on avant-garde, the Anniversary, a quintet from Lawrence, Kansas, is trying to solidify itself as a stand-out band. They’re on a hectic tour schedule that takes them from their hometown to Texas, New York, California and the Southwest, careful to play a generous mix of songs from Her Majesty, released in 2002 on Vagrant, and new ones that should appear on the upcoming full-length.
With a new album in the works, an upcoming tour, and a successful side-project production company, the Anniversary will continue to define their brand of increasingly experimental awkward, earnest emo pop and to bring it closer to everyone than most bands are willing to.
Despite the self-described “tight schedule,” Josh Berwager, Justin Roelofs, Christian Jankowski, James David and Adrianne Verhoeven sat down with Prefix during some downtime before their show at “The Downtown” in Long Island, N.Y. to talk about CMJ, the tour and upcoming projects.
Are you able to enjoy all the cities you are playing in, or is it all just work?
Justin Roelofs: This tour was rushed. We are spending much of the time traveling but we have a new tour — a slower-paced-tour — to look forward to.
How would you describe your sound?
Adrianne Verhoeven: Our sound is turning more towards music you can dance to. Slow dance, fast. Music to grind to is our goal.
What are your plans after you have finished this tour?
Christian Jankowski: We have a tour on the West Coast but we are going to try to record one or two songs before we start traveling again. After we return from the coast we’ll work on our new record.
What is it that drives you to play music?
Josh Berwanger: You have to do something, creation is exciting. I’m a music lover and it has always turned me on to be able to make something my own.
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing music?
Running a diner, working at Radio Shack, producing, opening a Bebop in Lawrence and studying wizardry.