Monday, May 28, 2007

Bonnawho's Who - Annuals

Official Bio:

From the quiet capitol of North Carolina, Annuals are as close as possible to being a family without sharing the same DNA. Long-time friends Adam Baker (Singer/Songwriter), Kenny Florence (Guitar) and Mike Robinson (Bass) have been in bands together since they were children, about 7 years now. In the last few years, Zack Oden (Drums/Guitar), Anna Spence (Piano/Synth), and Nick Radford (Drums), no one over the age of 22, have joined the vast lineup. This multi-talented group cannot be typecast in the lineup however; members often switch instruments live and in studio and offer input in the way of samples, vocals and percussion creating what might be called a musical commune.

Annuals have a sophisticated and layered sound that belies the age of twenty-year-old lead singer and songwriter, Adam Baker. Adam's creativity has truly found a place to evolve and blossom as he has embedded himself in a group of extremely talented musicians, which has made it possible for the creation of sprawling, hypnotic tracks that are elaborate yet impeccably polished. From the vocals, which alternate between sweet and otherworldly to loud shouts of glee, to the mammoth guitar explosions and strange indiscernible noises, Annuals infuse their music with an array of intense emotions.

As young as they are, Annuals draws influences from a diverse range of artists such as Mike Patton, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Radiohead, the Beatles, Hank Williams Sr., Bjork and Aphex Twin. The mixing of styles, from electronic to folk to rock results in a totally singular sound.Reminiscent of high drama acts such as Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens, this musical collective appeals to both experimental and pop fans who appreciate well-produced material and astounding artistry.

Live On Stage:

Not much out their on the Annuals, but from the few songs I've listened to though they kind of remind me of Broken Social Scene. Also how many indie bands out there feature 2 drummers, 2 guitar players and 2 keyboardists? Definitely an interesting set-up that makes for an interesting sound - it's dreamy and expansive in the course of a song. Here they are on Conan with "Carry Around"....

Music Videos:

Here's the Annuals with the trippy video for "Brother"....

Since there were no shows up for download we'll go with one more video since these guys have definitely got me interested in checking them out - they'll be playing This Tent on Saturday at 2:45 PM. Not sure if this is an official video, but here's "Fair"...

For more on the Annuals head over their official site.

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