Album Review: Anchors – “Lost At The Bottom Of The World”

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Anchors are a 5 piece melodic punk band from Melbourne, Australia. They play fast and passionate punk rock in the vein of bands like Wilhelm Scream, Heartsounds & Strung Out blending fast guitar work, melodic chord progressions and break neck speeds with screamed and sung vocal work.

The bands DIY work ethic, seemingly endless touring schedule and passionate fan base has catapulted them into the forefront of what Australia has to offer the punk/hardcore scene. This is not to ignore the impressive body of work consisting of 2 full lengths and 2 shorter EP\’s released over just the past 3-4 years..more than a lot of bands produce in their entire lifespan these days.

The bands most recent work is their 2nd full length album ‘Lost At The Bottom Of The World’, 12 tracks covering just over 30 minutes which dropped right at the turn of 2012/2013. It’s available through the band online and on vinyl via Creator-Destructor Records.

It is in many ways as much a follow up to their debut ‘Bad Ju Ju’ as it is a companion piece. You don’t need to familiarize yourself with the artists earlier work to appreciate this album by any means, but it sure does enhance the experience as a listener when the band re-visits particular idea’s, even lyrical themes and content introduced on the previous album. A kind of coda if you can imagine that across two albums.

The opening one-two punch of ‘Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy / Break Classic’ sets up an amazingly balanced record. The tempo shifts, breakdown/build ups and furious energy show great diversity ..and you can have that on a punk record when the band his armed with more than one idea about how to approach the material. The band uses the momentum of duelling guitars shredding over double-time drums and then slams on the breaks and enters a build up that takes the song to a whole new level. There’s more than a few surprises throughout the record like this and fortunately they usually drop just before you get too tired of the punk thing.

The production is spot on for a band of this caliber. Guitars are typically massive and tight, no too much compression and loads of high end gain as you’d expect! Drums are crystal clear, up front and dead-centre too. The performance embodies all the efficiency and showman ship of someone who has toured long enough to know what\’s going to be replicable on a night-after night basis without loosing finesse and style. Brett\’s singing style lends itself well to this sort of punk music, not dissimilar to an early Rise Against’s Tim McIlraith. There are occasional gang vocals and backing screams/yells which amplify the already high energy and hook driven choruses.

The band will be heading to the US as part of this years Fest lineup and taking in a bunch of dates across the country. Do not miss the chance to see one of our best and brightest whilst they are there and if you are not lucky enough to be able to get to a show, check out the album at one of the links below.

4.5/5 Stars


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