Manchester, New Hampshire post-hardcore quintet, Anchorlines, harken back to the heyday of the genre they are attempting to resurrect. However, do not expect the guys to admit to actually attempting such a resurrection. Anchorlines is a band of humble New Englanders who can play as heavy as any of the mid-2000s post-hardcore outfits they model their music after. “We…stay humble and recognize that we are a band amongst thousands of bands,” they guys opine, “And nothing about us is special or respectable unless it comes from hard work.” Perhaps they should give themselves a smidgen of more credit than that…
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Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Jeff Higgins – Vocals
Nick Edwards – Lead Guitar
Corwin Bermudez – Drums
Luke Dimond – Rhythm Guitar
Vinny Marino - Bass
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Manchester, New Hampshire
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
The band formed in the summer of 2009 when Corwin auditioned to be part of a band in Wilton, New Hampshire. The founding members had previously been a band called, The Honorable Tragedy. One by one, the founding members of THT got too drunk, stopped coming to practice, and dropped out of the band, and were replaced by Jeff Higgins, original bassist Joe Bradshaw, and original guitarist Angela Thomas. Eventually the founding guitarist went bonkers and quit, leaving Corwin, Jeff, Angela, and Joe to replace him with Tim Cackett and form the original lineup for Anchorlines. Several years and member changes later and here we are.
Why should people listen to your band?
Anchorlines plays music that combines what we like the most about metal and hardcore, and we try to incorporate elements of songwriting that anyone can enjoy no matter what they listen to. Our music is intense and heavy-sounding while at the same time catchy and memorable. We also try to resist the trends and patterns that are prevalent in the metal and hardcore genres today, and we write strictly what we enjoy and would want to hear ourselves. I think that honesty about our approach to music helps us write better songs and appeal to a larger audience.
How have you grown since you started?
When the band first formed nobody expected us to last more than a year before we got bored, or broke, or distracted with other things. After we played New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and realized that people actually liked what we were doing, we were really motivated to commit to making the band successful and giving it more substance. We went from mainly goofing around in a basement to crafting our songs and our live set. Our lyrics have much more meaning to ourselves and to things greater than ourselves than before, when we were writing aimless and predictable lyrics.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We have plenty of modern influences, but our music is inspired heavily by bands that we grew up listening to in high school and loved. We unconsciously gravitate to what made music in 2006-2008 great, instead of trying to incorporate modern staples of the genre in our music. As people we try to be as approachable and relatable as possible, and have no interest in creating a “bad-ass band guys who won’t talk to you” image. We also stay humble and recognize that we are a band amongst thousands of bands, and nothing about us is special or respectable unless it comes from hard work.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Our favorite element of Anchorlines is who we get to play music with. All of us have diverse influences, tastes, and techniques for what we like and what we play, but everyone is willing to compromise and collaborate to create the best possible music we can make. We all have unconditional and adamant respect for each other and the man-love that we exhibit toward each other is palpable. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to make the band successful, and to help each other work through frustration and keep doing what we love.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
There aren’t many current bands that we are all into and draw from. Currently we’re influenced by bands like Architects, This or the Apocalypse, and Periphery, who we think are incredibly unique and honest and are keeping metal relevant and inspiring for fans. We also have elements of our songs that pay tribute to bands like The Receiving End of Sirens, Underoath, The Ghost Inside, and Hundredth.
Lembas bread is probably the most popular Hobbit/Lord of the Rings food, and I must admit it is one of my favorites as well. For those of you who dont know what it is, here’s a brief description: Lembas bread is made by the Elves, and is a thin biscuit type of bread that is nutritious, keeps for…
ALRIGHT FUCKERS TODAY IS THE DAY YOU LEARN TO MAKE LEMBAS BREAD. THIS AIN’T NO DWARVEN CRAM, THIS IS REAL ELVEN SHIT LIKE PAPA THRANDUIL USED TO MAKE. OKAY HERE WE GO YOU’RE GONNA NEED
- 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder/bi-carb soda
- small pinch salt
- 6 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey OR maple/golden syrup
- 1 cup heavy cream OR milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
NOW LET’S BAKE SOME FUCKIN’ LEMBAS
- pre-heat oven 220 degrees celsius
- mix flour, baking powder + salt into LARGE bowl
- add butter and mix with hands that shit with your hands until it’s grainy and nice
- add sugar and cinnamon, mix again
- add cream/milk, honey/syrup + vanilla and stir until nice dough forms - if too dense, add more cream/milk, if too sticky add more flour
- sprinkle chopping board with flour and make thin, small squares
- cut diagonal lines into squares (NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH, FOOL OF A TOOK) and transfer onto baking dish with baking paper
- put in oven for 12 minutes or until they look nice and golden
- take them out and leave to cool
now you can eat them hot and serve with honey or syrup, or you can store them for later if you’re planning an EPIC JOURNEY
NOW FLY YOU FOOLS
EDIT: added when to put the honey because I’m an block-headed Bracegirdle and forgot about it
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An oldie but a goodie.
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