We talked with Grady, Johnny and Dante of Anxious. Let it be known we talked to them early in the month of March so the ominous cloud of doom and actual anxiety and nervousness of a quarantined society wasn’t on our mind quite so presently as it is now. Escape with us back to a time when we could talk about European tour dates as if they were absolutely happening and not possibly cancelled or postponed (really, anything mentioned that you’re curious about you should check the status of because it’s not a definite).
We talked about the formation of the band at a very young age from being heavily influenced early on by Fat Wreck bands and morphing into the band they are today – a band with a couple small (7″ and cassette) releases on Triple-B Records with a full length on the way. A band that has opened reunion shows for Saves the Day and done sold out gigs with Knuckle Puck. They have level heads and are really working hard at this with all the youthful energy they can possibly use (have I mentioned how young they are? Dante is finishing his senior year of High School right now!).
Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden play together as Tongue Depressor, an experimental duo with various instrumental arrangements, but most often with fiddles. We talk about their music, touring all over the world, composing for dance, working at a music studio and for Anthony Braxton’s archives and much that surrounds all those topics including how they each ended up making New Haven their home.
This is our now annual round up of the year with our staff favorites. They are by no means definitive. They are things we highly enjoyed this year and believe we’ll enjoy them for a long time to come! If you ever wonder what else we might be listening to you can follow #redscrollpicks and of course you might as well follow @redscroll in general on Instagram/Social Media in general.
We also interviewed the dog from CT Verses in this two part epic podcast to start off the new year! Look at this pupper:
The first half of the podcast is unlike our podcasts the rest of the year – it’s chock full o’ music! Caren and Chip join Rick and Josh to talk about all the year favorites. We go two by two through our lists (well, mostly – towards the end it’s more jumbled). [Note: we didn’t make any rules for the lists, but we don’t feel right including our own releases so we didn’t include those – we love them all – and beyond that each of us individually came up with our own ideas of what our own lists should be… you’ll hear.]
Then in part 2 we do a deep dive into the lore of Crag Mask… ok, not really and that is a bit of a joke that only people who already follow CT Verses might get. Never fear, you’ll understand either way very quickly into this conversation. We talk about CT music in general and how CT Verses navigates it and plans to navigate it and the various lists they’ve done for the year in CT music up on their site now. Check that out here (the superlatives are quite fun): https://www.ctverses.com/
This month we talked to Tarek (aka Rick) and Caleb from Intercourse – self-described jocular noisy AmRep loving band. Beyond that, Tarek and his brother took a love for a similar described band from Florida called Load to possibly the highest level – beyond styling the band after them, Tarek and his brother made a documentary about Load. We talk briskly about that. (Link to documentary YouTube page in song details below.)
We talk about 4 day tours. We talk about bodily fluids… yep, if that kind of thing makes you queasy let it be know that towards the end there is a robotic voice that will warn you it is coming up (yikes, PUNishing). Oh yeah, and general music talk as it goes.