After their album launch in May of this year, NO ANCHOR reached an impasse. They had released a double LP (better known, colloquially, as ‘commercial suicide’) containing weird heavy metal songs and to release it they played onstage for an hour with four bass amps and a strobe. It seemed like an apex. It felt like the end of something. There was nothing left. For these three otherwise ordinary people, it seemed as though there was no rational step beyond this point. And it was a dark time.
Finally, a new idea emerged. What about a new, lateral form of brutality. Not louder, not more smoke machine, not more drone, more strobe, more sludge but MORE TIME. What if the answer to all of No Anchor’s existential questions was temporal.
We just needed more time.
And so it came to pass…
SEVEN NIGHTS OF NO ANCHOR
For seven consecutive nights in October, No Anchor will play shows at West End venue The Waiting Room.
All shows feature a different set list.
All shows start at 8PM and are BYO.
(Wear earplugs, always)
Oct 15th @ Waiting Room
w/Dick Nasty & Death Cobra
DICK NASTY are the only band to have ever played a No Anchor song that isn’t called No Anchor. They’re also amazing. And relatively nice people. They’re a hardcore punk band of sorts but the very best kind: the kind that other hardcore punks bands don’t generally like. Meanwhile, experimental freak-flag ensemble DEATH COBRA are that rare band that emails No Anchor and asks for supports (we are VERY intimidating), so we gave them this, sound unheard. Hope they’re good.
Oct 16th @ Waiting Room
w/ Martyr Privates & Golden Bats
MARTYR PRIVATES are probably the best named band in Brisbane and as such we never tire of this witty moniker of theirs. An added bonus is that they’re actually good: droning chords, pop smarts, vocal hooks and a subtle presentation. All the best stuff. Imagine Spaceman 3 meets not-giving-a-shit-about-in
Oct 17th @ Waiting Room
w/ Tiny Spiders
TINY SPIDERS are fucking great. Sludge pop. Or maybe they take us instead to a parallel universe where ‘pop-rock’ is actually a good thing that good people want to listen to. Either way, it’s bold and essential stuff. Also, their film-clip is properly good, there's no better argument we can make:
Tues Oct 18th @ Waiting Room
w/ The Legend!
One of two INTERNATIONAL guests to appear at this event, The Legend! has released records on Sub Pop records, appeared onstage with Nirvana, Calvin Johnson and The Grates AND is surprisingly level-headed about all this. He is, without doubt, the most argued about person on No Anchor tours interstate….but it is ALWAYS us doing arguing for, unilaterally, on his behalf. Fans.
Oct 19th @ Waiting Room
w/ Big Strong Brute
BIG STRONG BRUTE is what we listen to since Jason Molina has gone into seclusion. Beautiful alt-country, sung in a longing baritone by a popular Courier Mail journalist. He may, technically, be what comes after the blues. Also: a snappy dresser. Ask your girlfriend/boyfriend.
Oct 20th @ Waiting Room
w/ Feathers & Three Pieces for Jack Rose & John Fahey (Damon Black) + Blank Realm DJ's
Imagine a band that didn’t just sing about weed and cats but actually were about weed and cats? Imagine it. Local psych-outfit FEATHERS are that + that moment in all the good David Lynch movies where narrative goes out the window and it’s just eerie things, a montage and endless reverb. Added to which is their band ethos, which is strongly informed by refusing to ever ever ever put out a record. Instead they impress with a live show powered by it’s own steam and good character.
Oct 21st @ Waiting Room
w/ The Keep On Dancin’s & Happy New Year (US)
THE KEEP ON DANCIN’S should be famous and might be, thus their inclusion here (remember us). A dreamy garage band that somehow doesn’t equate to garage-rock minus all the edges; they make no sense to us but we love it. In keeping with the technicolour vibe of the evening, HAPPY NEW YEAR from New York open up. Haps NYE is the shoegaze pop songs of Eleanor Logan and her friends/pick-up band The Rational Academy. Fucking good.
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WEST END 4101
Yep! Everything you read above is true! What can't be confirmed is that No Anchor will be wearing (I've heard rumors of Donnie in a dress and Ian as Han Solo).
We've decided (weather permitting) that we are going to have a big old BBQ on the Sunday afternoon evening. Check out our facebook page for specific details. We'll put them up sometime on the weekend.
We've also added some other awesomness to proceedings. We've made seven high quality A2 art prints on fancy thick art paper to commemorate the shows. We'll have these on sale from the first night or until they sell out.
Lastly, murmuring on the interweb suggested that there might actually be people in Brisbane crazy enough to come to all seven shows. Kind of like those kids who kept going back to Expo 88 again and again and again. Well we've made up five little passport books for the first five people who come along on Saturday night and buy... wait for it... a season pass! Each night we'll stamp your book (and probably give you a high-five upon entry).
If you rock up on the first night and buy a season pass, it will cost you only $35 dollars... and for that you will get over four hours of No Anchor (punishment in some places in the world).
Of course we've planned more than just this but we don't want to give all our secrets away on the internet. We'd much rather do that in person.
See you at the show and remember - we do whatever we want!
- NO ANCHOR