Interviews: ANFANG

This is a new interview with the Alternative Rock band ANFANG from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that? 

We took a very long, democratic process for our name. Just coming off a previous project that was way less democratic, it was a refreshing way to start the band. We chose ANFANG, German for "starting over" or "the beginning" to reflect these new vibes. It also looks and sounds cool, which never hurts! We have adopted the fang motif in a lot of our art and graphics which has been fun.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

We come from pretty diverse backgrounds, both musically and otherwise. We love Metal, Stoner Rock, Hard Rock, Indie and Alt. Alt-rock seems to us to be a distillation of a lot of different genres to their core, taking the best parts of metal or indie or whatever and forging something new, something a little more widely accessible than some genres where we might get pigeon-holed. It lets each of us as band members play the kind of music that we are into. We get to shred as many riffs as we want so long as we are within the lines of the song and supporting Andie's searing vocals.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Three of us, Andie (vox), Christian (bass/rhthym guitar) and Mark (lead guitar) were in a project before ANFANG, but had known each other for less than a year by the time ANFANG was formed. Andie knew Nick (drums) from a Vegas trip, and she knew he'd be a great personality fit. Turns out he's a pretty sick drummer too! That was almost 4 years ago now, and we are all really tight now. Nick and Andie are even roommates now!

4. Each band member favourite band?

Andie: Radiohead

Mark: Pink Floyd

Christian: Coheed and Cambria

Nick: The National

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We are all pretty straight-laced, decent people. At least we strive to be. Music is a way for us to get the rage out, get the pain and frustration of life out without being self-destructive. It's an attempt to turn our most self-destructive tendencies into constructive art. Yes, writing and playing music is a blast, but honestly it's also therapy. Making art as a collective or a group has been a great tool for that very specific kind of emotional exorcising way more than we were able to do in isolation before we founded ANFANG. And if our art speaks to someone else feeling the same shit we are, maybe they won't feel alone either.

6. Where was your last gig?

We got the chance to headline a show here in Chicago at a venue we have had our eye on for a while, Sleeping Village. It was a really great show and it's always fun to play new venues here in our hometown.

7. Where would you like to perform?

We are very interested in the idea of doing a tour in the UK, specifically we would love to do some shows in London! Thats the dream. Here in Chicago, we would love to play Metro. It's the Mecca of Chicago music venues. It has so much history of great bands that have come through, and it's that perfect balance of grandness and intimacy that is perfect for our brand of face-melting.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

We would love to perform with Queens of the Stone Age or Blood Red Shoes. Both of those bands have been huge influences to us as a band. One of the toughest part of having a diverse band is finding common ground in the music landscape. Both QotSA and BRS have been bands that we all four have gotten really into as a group.

9. Whom not? 

We try not to be too negative as a group, but we were pretty let down by all the stuff that went down with Brand New. 3/4 of us are former emo kids, so we were pretty huge fans coming up. It sucks. So we would probably decline an invite from them. Also, Trapt. They really, really suck.

10. Have Any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

We here at ANFANG have been known to get pre-show bubble-guts. We have a strategy: a shot of pepto and then a shot of bourbon. Stops you up while it loosens you up at the same time. It's brilliant.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Queens of the Stone Age is a band that all four of us have some strong attachment to. As a band, they are also an intriguing mix of musical background and genre, but they still maintain a very accessible brand of songwriting. They use their disparate musical influences to connect with a wide range of different listeners while also being singular. That is a huge inspiration of a Rock/Alt/Etc band like us. Other bands that are huge influences are Jack White (all of them), the Marmozets, Blood Red Shoes, even some metal bands like Baroness, Death From Above 1979, All Them Witches, Fall of Troy

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

One of the pitfalls of being a killer female-fronted band is that Andie has had to endure a few too-eager dudes after shows. While somewhat flattering, it definitely can get pretty uncomfortable pretty quick. That's the only consistently-awkward thing we have to deal with on that front!

13. What do you think of your fans?

If people like our music, and want to listen to us and hear more, we are super pumped about that. Any time somebody buys into what you are doing with your art, you form a sort of connection. We love connecting with people who feel they connect with us!

14. What do you think of our site?

I am someone who has always struggled finding new music. Sites like Breathing the Core, where I am introduced to new great music I have yet to hear of, is such a great resource! So much of new music is just about finding new ears to introduce yourself to. Without sites like yours, this process would be so much harder, and I'd probably just throw on some old album I've heard a thousand times already. You play such a crucial role in the music exposure process!

15. Something to add?

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us! you can find us on social media or listen to our music on Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, etc! Links below: 

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