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The Anchor

The Anchor: The AnchorThe Anchor (2009)
ADD / Hot Dog

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: Make_WayMake_Way
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I can admit that I purchased this album without much hesitation solely due to the fact that Mitch Clem did the artwork for this. The day this album arrived in the mail, I put it in my CD player and gave it a spin, probably figuring it'd just be something cool to own, with no further action being tak.
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I can admit that I purchased this album without much hesitation solely due to the fact that Mitch Clem did the artwork for this. The day this album arrived in the mail, I put it in my CD player and gave it a spin, probably figuring it'd just be something cool to own, with no further action being taken on the matter. While that remains to be seen in the long run, this is one solid album.

Let's get this out of the way now: The Anchor in no way reinvents any kind of wheel. I'm not sure if that was the band's intent, but it's not a drawback in any form. This is a shining example of an album anyone can just put on and have a good time. Even the song "Last Call..." starts off with the sound of a can of beer being opened, so the album fits perfectly with a cold one (or two).

The Anchor appears to be a dual-vocalist band, with J. the bassist taking lead vocals on most of the tracks. Both vocalists possess a gruff vocal delivery that seems to be all the rage nowadays. That being said, the vocals always sit nicely within the instrumentation, so not too many sour notes are to be heard. When both vocalists sing, they complement each other nicely and there is a distinction between the two, however slight it may be.

As for the sound of the band? I would describe the songs on this self-titled album as a mix of Off with Their Heads and Dillinger Four. The songs are generally upbeat, with the grit of ramshackle punk rock. The intros to "That's the Last Time I Put My Corpse in That Morgue" and "Hot Dogs + Vodka" are so similar that I initially thought this might have been a compilation of their songs with alternate takes, but lo and behold, they are supposedly two different songs. Funny, as I consider "Hot Dogs + Vodka" as one of the standout tracks on here, along with "Witches Ain't So Bad" and "Clocks and Balls." There is even an extra track tacked onto the end of "Yachting on a Bass Boat," if that gets you hot.

From what I have read, this is apparently a limited edition (200 pressed) advanced copy of the album, which may mean this will be released on a larger scale. My copy came like a miniature version of a vinyl album, with the CD coming in a clear plastic sleeve with the cover art and track listing being a folded sheet, and a mini-poster/lyric sheet contained within. The Mitch Clem artwork depicts the band members, with the drummer on the recording being mentioned in small print. This is an impressive presentation of the album, considering another iteration of this album is yet to come.

I would recommend to all the ??Org faithful to get a hold of this album, in whatever fashion (although I would suggest supporting the band by buying it). This could easily fit in with most of the bands that are mentioned quite often here. Maybe I'm a little late to the party with this band, but I'm sure glad I showed up, case in hand. Hope to see you there.

 

 
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icapped2pac (December 17, 2009)

I know, dude. I did. But it's the principle I'm trying to get across. Then again, having never written a review here, maybe I have no room to bitch. But I've come to expect that from this fine site, nawmsayin? And quite honestly, for the record, I didn't think that searching that would yield the desired result first. I guess I underestimated the powers of google to know that I wasn't looking for the other 6,000 bands with "anchor" in their names.

Blackjaw_ (December 16, 2009)

Err you could have just typed "The Anchor myspace" into Google, in far less words than it took you to type that out.

SilentStorms (December 16, 2009)

"What ever happened to including a link so people can listen to some songs from the reviewed release? Or am I just not seeing it because of the new site layout? Either way, I'm irritated, especially because this sounds like something I'd like but don't feel like I should have to go searching for. The band profile page here offers no help either."

I totally agree.

icapped2pac (December 16, 2009)

What ever happened to including a link so people can listen to some songs from the reviewed release? Or am I just not seeing it because of the new site layout? Either way, I'm irritated, especially because this sounds like something I'd like but don't feel like I should have to go searching for. The band profile page here offers no help either.

deadelectromix (December 16, 2009)

Cool band, cool dudes, but man, Art is a fucking asshole.

Blackjaw_ (December 16, 2009)

"The Anchor are the new hot water music with a blend of jawbreaker."

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

hahahaha

haha

... .

no.

Raganyouth4am (December 16, 2009)

The anchor are 3 awesome dudes..I met rawn and j in 08 of august and those dudes have been nothing but awesome! Im a good friend with the drummer art and im a fan of his other band the mathletes..Its awesome seeing a friend do what he loves.

The Anchor are the new hot water music with a blend of jawbreaker.

benson471 (December 16, 2009)

i used to like these guys a lot until that sorry coward art chickened out of moving to austin and left me holding a $500 bill on an apartment. so fuck em.

makeshifty (December 15, 2009)

San Antonio is Austin's ugly, less cool step sister who has to live in the basement. And i know, I lived there from 2002 to 2006. I feel so bad for friends who are still stuck in that shit hole. Yeah i mean Austin has a bunch of fake assholes and the whole UT thing, but its better than fat mexicans and zero black people. You HAVE to have black people to be cool.

Outsyder (December 15, 2009)

1) San Antonio's not so bad guys. You don't even live here, jerk face.

2) Art is on the back cover. And, yeah, Dugg recorded the tracks on the album. I'm pretty sure Art hasn't been in the studio with the Anchor yet.

3) The Anchor are awesome.

makeshifty (December 15, 2009)

TX bands are inherently better than all other bands, so its no surprise you like them.

but San Antonio sucks monkey dick, sorry Mitch.

Lmnndtlgrph (December 15, 2009)

if art's not on the cover, it's probably because he didn't play on the record. i don't know when this came out, but if it was recorded last year it was probably done with that drummer that turned out to be a sketchy dipshit.

ahopeagainsthope (December 15, 2009)

Good review, good album.

10-4Eleanor (December 15, 2009)

This band fucking rules. Poor Art doesn't get his face on the cover.

Blackjaw_ (December 15, 2009)

Their songs on the O Pioneers!!! split had a lot of potential, but I don't like this at all.

ashtraymonument (December 15, 2009)

these guys played at my house in august, they rocked so hard the cops came.

yeah!

johnnyclash (December 15, 2009)

Great dudes, great band. They may not be reinventing the wheel, but they know exactly what they are doing and do it well. If you have not seen them live, do it. It's always one hell of a party.

thesandwiches (December 15, 2009)

some of the nicest guys I ever did a show for. I have yet ot listen to the full length, but they gave me a sampler of the songs.

LinoleumMagazine (December 15, 2009)

Saw these guys for the first time recently and was very impressed. Bought the cd at the show... #69 out of 200. oh yeah.

Nice dudes too.

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