Monday, September 21, 2009

The Fest 8 !!!!!


So we have been accepted to play The Fest 8 in Gainesville Florida This year! We are super stoked for the opportunity and look forward to yet another great Halloween weekend in sunny Florida. As of now, all we know is that we will be playing on Saturday and a venue called Rum Runner's. As more details come in we'll post them here. Take care friends and we hope to see ya'll at The Fest!
-Alex, Matt, Lucas and Chad.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Anchor Down "Steel To Dust" is rated in the top Ten from Maximum Rock N Roll's review staff...


Anchor Down "Steel To Dust" is rated in the top Ten from Maximum Rock N Roll's reviewer Ray Lujan...check it out.

"Top Tens

MRR (Maximum Rock N'Roll) Reviewers’ Current Top Tens (from MRR issue #316 • September 2009)

Diane Anastasio
XYX-Momento Ácido Contemporáneo-EP
THEE DEAD CLODETTES-Je Cherche un Garçon-EP
TUBERCULOSIS-tape
DIRECT CONTROL-Farewell-LP
HYGIENE-TV Girl-EP
LOGIC PROBLEM-No Center-EP
SHITTY LIMITS-Beware the Limits-LP
STATE POISON-Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing-EP
WOVEN BONES-Your Sorcery/Howlin’ Woof-45
V/A-No Bullshit Vol. 4-EP

Justin Briggs
(off this month — Happy birthday!)

Tim Brooks
SCATHA-After the Dust Settles-2xLP
MANIKIN-Stop the Sirens-LP
SHITTY LIMITS-Beware the Limits-LP
BASEBALL FURIES-Throw Them to the Lions-LP
GOVERNMENT WARNING-Executed-EP
HYGIENE-TV Girl-EP
ARRIVALS-My Generation-EP
V/A-No Bullshit Vol. 4-EP
SMART COPS-Cominciare a Vivere-EP

Robert Collins
AK 77/DEATH STATISTIC-split EP
BURNT CROSS-In Nature We Trust-EP
LYBIAN HIT SQUAD-live
ASPIRIN-We Do Painkilling To Your Anger-EP
STATE POISON-Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing-EP
SLICES-Nub City-EP
THE SESS-Brain Ruster/ABC-45
ECT/RECLUSIVE MUTE-split EP
THEE DEAD CLODETTES-Je Cherche un Garçon-EP
MORNE/WARPRAYER-split LP / XYX-EP

Layla Gibbon
XYX-Momento Ácido Contemporáneo-EP
THEE DEAD CLODETTES-Je Cherche un Garçon-EP
TUBERCULOSIS-live
SLICES-Nub City-EP
BLACK TIME/TY SEGALL-split LP
TY SEGALL-Cents-EP
LOS YETIS-Me Siento Loco-EP
HYGIENE-TV Girl-EP / NOVEDADES CARMINHA-LP
MIRRORS-LP / YUSSUF JERUSALEM-LP
ESKORBUTO/RIP-split LP / INTIFADA-EP

Bob Goldie
LOSER LIFE-Friends With a Demon-LP
DIRECT CONTROL-Farewell-LP
MAD MINDS-Can’t Take Much More-EP
FUTURE VIRGINS-Easiest Years-EP
MONKS-Pretty Suzanne/Monk Time-45
TOP TEN-Girls Understand/Don’t Talk About Us-45
SMART COPS-Cominciare A Vivere-EP
MIRRORS-Something That Would Never Do-LP
NERVOUS DOGS-Great Doors-EP
SECRET ARMY-Redemption-EP

Kenny Kaos
TOP TEN-Girls Understand/Don’t Talk About Us-45
LET’S DANCE-Calling All Cars-EP
LOVER!-Let’s Play a Game/Salt Water Surprise-45
LES HATEPINKS-Live at the Stork Club-LP
SHITTY LIMITS-Beware the Limits-LP
ROCKNROLL ADVENTURE KIDS-Hillbilly Psychosis-LP
LADIES-Hole Sailor-EP
HYGIENE-TV Girl-EP
LOS YETIS-Me Siente Loco-EP
THE SESS-Brain Ruster/ABC-45

Carolyn Keddy
JACK OBLIVIAN-Sweet Thang-45
TY SEGALL-Cents-EP
MAYYORS-Deads-12” / BASEBALL FURIES-LP
BLACK TIME/TY SEGALL-split LP
FRANCIS HAROLD AND THE HOLOGRAMS-45
WOVEN BONES-45 / SMART COPS-EP
HARD ONS with NEIL HAMBURGER-EP
OBLIVIANS-Barristers Ninetyfive-LP
OBLIVIANS and GORIES-live in Memphis
CHROME CRANKS-CD / V/A-World’s Lousy-EP

Paul Lucich
BLACK SUNDAY-Lights/Can’t Keep My Hands-45
DIGITAL LEATHER-Frest Secrets-EP
PINK NOISE-Alpha-LP
GARY WAR-Anhedonic Man-EP
BURNT CROSS-In Nature We Trust-EP
FUTURE VIRGINS-Easiest Years-EP
HARD SKIN-Same Meat Different Gravy-LP
FUNERAL ORATION-The Godsend-LP
HUNX AND HIS PUNX-Teardrops On My Telephone-EP
MANIKIN-Stop the Sirens-LP

Ray Lujan
GRABASS CHARLESTONS-Gone Fishin’-EP
DIRTY FILTHY MUGS-Half-Pint-CD
K-JELL-Refreshing Power-EP
NERVOUS DOGS-Great Doors-EP
LOVER!-Let’s Not Play a Game-EP
PUNKS NOT DAD-We Are the Dads-CD
VIVIAN GIRLS-Moped Girls/Death-45
ANCHOR DOWN-Steel to Dust-CD
POUR HABIT-Suiticide-CD
THE ZERO-live

Mark Murrmann
MAYYORS-Deads-12”
HUNCHES-Home Alone 5-LP
MIRRORS-Something That Would Never Do-LP
ESKORBUTO/RIP-split LP
XYX-Momento Ácido Contemporáneo-EP
DC SNIPERS-Reaction-LP
THE SESS-Brain Ruster/ABC-45
WAR PIGS-No Hope, No Faith, No Point-EP
JACK OBLIVIAN-Sweet Thang-45
TURN IT OFFS-Too Much Static-LP

Bruce Roehrs
HAMMERLOCK/BEFORE I HANG-live
BURNT CROSS-In Nature We Trust-EP
SPREAD ’EM-Pizza Crisis-EP
LADIES-Hole Sailor-EP
NEVER HEALED-Untitled I/Untitled II-45
DIRECT CONTROL-LP / HARRINGTON SAINTS-EP
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR-Our Glory Days-EP
SMART COPS-EP / V/A-Speed Punk Metal Crust-EP
FUNERAL SHOCK-California’s Dying-45
GOVERNMENT WARNING-Execute-EP

Fred Schrunk
FUTURE VIRGINS-Easiest Years-EP
OK?-Everything Is Going To Be-EP
XYX-Momento Ácido Contemporáneo-EP
WHAT IF-Ivy’s Birthday-EP
STREET EATERS/WHITE NIGHT-split EP
ADD/C/LANDLORD-split EP
AK 77/DEATH STATISTIC-split EP
DOG FACED HERMANS-Hum of Life-LP
MAYYORS-Deads-12”
SHITTY LIMITS-Beware the Limits-LP

Cissie Scurlock
ESKORBUTO/RIP-split LP
ILEGAL-demo
SLICES-Nub City-EP
DIRECT CONTROL-Farewell-LP
INTIFADA-Sounds So Good-EP
MANIKIN-Stop the Sirens-LP
HARD SKIN-Same Meat Different Gravy-LP
XYX-Momento Ácido Contemporáneo-EP
ASPIRIN-We Do Painkilling To Your Anger-EP
LOGIC PROBLEM-EP / STATE POISON-EP"

Stoked! They usually hate everybody...

10 Things Zine (Blog): Write up on Anchor Down

"Seattle's Born Anchors seem to be getting a lot of hype these days. When you write about music you can tell what bands are getting THE PUSH by the amount of mail and email you get from labels and promotional companies about a band. From a music fan's perspective, most of you miss this entire aspect of behind the scenes promotion, from the phone calls and press packs, to the constant nagging from PR companies. I think the PR firm barrage often pays off and might be worth it for a band trying to break bigger when they release an album, but there is also something sorta false about it. Because the reason why a band is getting a lot of press attention isn't necessarily because of how good their music or live performance is.

With Born Anchors, it's gotten them on KNDD and KEXP and great press in local publications, including Megan Seling from The Stranger saying “Born Anchors are the most exciting rock band in Seattle right now…” That kind of promo blitz tends to actually work the opposite of how it's supposed to with people like me. When a band is getting too much hype, I ignore them, or at least I realize they sure don't need me to cover them, the mainstream local press is already doing that quite well. So if you want to see what the hype is about, you can check out Born Anchors at the Capitol Hill Block Party... and try not to fall asleep during their set.

My "job," and that of the underground press, is hopefully at least occasionally focusing your attention on the things not getting written about in the mainstream. It's about giving press to less touched-on subjects. In my case, that means pulling together histories and photos of Northwest bands, labels and places that are somewhat or fully forgotten. There is a lot of Northwest and punk rock history that isn't well documented on the Web that's still important, even if just to me. I also try to shine the spotlight on what I see as brilliant, but often press-neglected bands, currently rocking local stages and basements. So, instead of following the hype, I want to focus your attention on another Northwest "Anchor" band...

Anchor Down from Portland, Oregon:
Anchor Down have been labeled entirely too much with the "pop punk" tag, which I find even lazier than my music writing. Their sound is more melodic punk with balls. They kind of have a Monsula crossed with Bouncing Souls feel to them, with sometimes gruff vocals, layered melodic guitars, super catchy songs and occasional sing-a-long choruses. This is comfort food for people like me that grew up listening to '90s melodic punk. They have a new 6-song EP out entitled "Steel to Dust" I picked up when I saw them a few weeks ago. It's excellent, plus they sold me the CD and a t-shirt for $10, pretty much unheard of low prices in today's world. You can catch a few of their songs over here.

Anchor Down is currently on tour, they will be playing Seattle next August 26th at The Morgue with locals Success and Texas bands The Anchor and O Pioneers. Two Anchor bands for the price of one!

Posted by Dan 10Things
http://10thingszine.blogspot.com/2009/07/anchor-down.html

Saturday, August 29, 2009

7" inch review on punknews.org




"Vinyl has seen a resurgence in recent years that has had a mixed impact on music fans. Many are excited about releases being put out on vinyl for the first time, the medium being used to expand art and basically about having big old pieces of wax. However, an equal number are frustrated with albums being delayed due to pressing plants being overrun, the apparent quick cash-in of reissues (and reissuing the same album 100 times) and 7” records costing up to $12 for a single song which is just a remix of an album track. While you can never please everyone, Suburban Home has made a valiant attempt with this four-way split featuring new music from In the Red, Anchor Down, Bastards of Young and Drunken Boat.

The split opens with In the Red’s thumping, mid-tempo “Here We Will All Die.” The track features classic Mike Hale gruff vocals. The melody seems to spend each verse climbing up like an old wooden rollercoaster and every chorus putting that potential energy into use by crashing down in half the time. It’s the sort of song that could accompany nights alone or drunken revelry with friends, depending on the mood.

Following up is Portland’s own Anchor Down with “All Perfume,” a track that may (for better or worse) draw some Gaslight Anthem comparisons, more for its romantic lyrics than anything else. The vocals come across cleaner than on the band's debut, Steel to Dust, fitting the track's slower and more melodic tone. As the track reaches its conclusion, Anchor Down tape into their biggest strength: the ability to write great, fist-pumping sing-along lines, making the track stick in your head after it’s done.

The flipside is kicked off with Bastards of Young’s “Earthquake Weather.” The song swings somewhere between street punk anthems and more melodic Midwestern punk. As it goes on, the track definitely has a more rock 'n’ roll vibe than the first half of the split, even breaking out in full-on piano and harmonica solos (respectively).

Closing out the album is Drunken Boats with “Hell Freezes Over.” The track is the best choice of the four for a closer. With its slow melody and bluesy sound, the track is the embodiment of the winding down of a night at the bar. The dual male/female vocals as the track closes out are a perfect way to slip out of the evening.

It’s impossible to please all the people all the time (that’s what some old president said [maybe it was fool, I’m not a historian]) but with a 7” that contains four new songs, by four awesome bands, includes a digital download and costs only $5, it’s hard to imagine anyone not liking this. Of course, with literally eight different vinyl/cover variations, I’m sure someone will complain. So, while this 7” may not unify the world (or even the punk community), maybe it will make some people pretty stoked.

(4/5 stars)-Dante3000-www.punknews.org"

pick the 7" up at:
www.vinylcollective.com

Friday, July 31, 2009

This is Why We Tour!!!




Some times you need a lot of words to describe what you're feeling. This is not one of those situations.

19 Days, 17 Shows, 11 People, 3 Bands, 2 Vans, 1 Heart, 0 Air Conditioning.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bastards of Fun Tour



We're half way through our west coast run with our boys in Bastards Of Young and In The Red and we thought we'd throw out some shout outs. First off, much love to all the dudes in the other bands and their inspirational sets every night. Second, every one needs to hunt down and hug Vanessa (from Lubricated Zine) and Lisa (from AMP Magazine)? These two sweethearts took our lame, stinking, crude selves and made the first part of tour feel like home. Third, Frankie B from Campfire Island is one of the most legit human being on the planet. If you're ever going through Olympia, WA you need to buy this guy a cup of tea and know that you are in the company of one of the raddest people in the scene. Thanks everyone for coming out, this means the world to us.
Matt, Alex, Chad, Lucas

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Savage Sounds 7"



Pre-sales are up for our Split 7" with In The Red, Bastards Of Young, and Drunken Boat. By the grace of Virgil and the Suburban Home crew this record is available here. Corresponding to this summer's west coast tour the 7" will feature a new song by each of band.

Track Listing:
In the Red “Here We All Die”
Anchor Down “All Perfume”
Bastards of Young “Earthquake Weather”
Drunken Boat “Hell Freezes Over”

To make things more exciting each band has their own color cover (ours is Grey) and is available in both red and black vinyl. The albums cheap and their are not very many so pre-order yours now.

Hugs and Rock & Roll
Matt, Alex, Chad, and Lucas

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mid May and The Bay



In the middle of May we drove down to the Bay area and had an incredible 3 days. Leaving at 10pm on a Thursday Alex drove all night to our buddy AJ’s house (where this photo was promptly taken). After some much needed In & Out, Matt tracked some bass lines and we were off to play at Gilman Street. The next afternoon we played in Santa Rosa and then again that night at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. Once we were all loaded out, we kidnapped the awesome guys from Sound Scene Revolution and recorded the interview that can now be found at www.soundscenerevolution.com. If that were not enough we then headed out and recorded the final vocals on a track until 7:00am the next morning. We slept a little, drank mimosa’s with the queen of Zine Vanessa, and then Alex drove us all the way back home. We love all you bay area cats, thanks so much for the good time.
Chad, Lucas, Matt, Alex
Ps. Check out the supremo Podcast review at Rocket Fuel.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lucas' Birthday Show!



To celebrate Lucas’ birthday this Thursday we’re playing with Arizona’s very own RUMSPRINGER and our friends in DRAWBACK. It’s 21 and over of course so bring your drinking hats and give Lucas a big-ol’hug. In honor of it all, we’re also going to change up our set list to include Another One Lost and maybe even a brand new song. See you then….
We’re writing, we’re drinking, and we’re having a blast,
Lucas, Alex, Chad, Matt

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Anchor Down goes indie rock...SIKE!


Ha HA HA HA we love this one!

So as a homage to this review we took a new promo photo...hope you like it!



"Anchor Down- “Steel To Dust” – The tracks are mastered great and Anchor Down harmonizes very well together. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just can’t get into them at all. There are times during a few of the songs that I think I’m going to love them, but then my attention starts to wander and I realize the songs over. Strangely I kept listening and giving the album another chance and not once did it interest me. It’s weird because it’s almost like I wanted to like “Steel To Dust” more than I actually liked “Steel To Dust”. In no way am I saying it’s a bad album, it just has too much of an alternative rock/indie rock taste to it. That’s just a taste that usually makes me gag like a runway model. Luckily for me “Steel To Dust” doesn’t possess enough alt/indie rock to give me the dry heaves, but it does possess enough to not be overly interested. I could see many people liking this album. Probably most of them being into bands such as; Against Me!, Alkaline Trio, Verlaines, Blur or The Jesus and Mary Chain. rate 3/5"

-punkrockreview.org