Who: Anodyne Red
What: Acoustic rock band, in concert
Where: The Quad, Idaho State Unviersity, Pocatello, Idaho
When: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 6:00 pm
Anodyne Red has been playing more and more local shows now - showing up on my local music scene radar with increasing frequency. I thought it was past time I caught up with them to see what they're all about. Randy Bishop of Anodyne Red answered a few questions for me.
SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you like.
RB: Our music is hard to classify into a specific genre because it has its own sort of sound. The three of us (Eric, Randy, and Derek) all have our own style that we like to play, so that's what we do. The mixture of influences has made what we believe to be a marvelous sound that we enjoy playing and listening to. I suppose that every band is like that, though.
Most of our songs are played with an acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. The vocals are filled with harmonies, which excites a lot of people. We do switch things up quite a bit, though. All of us switch instruments pretty frequently throughout our shows, which keeps things fresh, I think.
SLG: Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?
RB: The thing that people seem to enjoy the most about our shows is just the music. We still have a lot to learn about stage presence and such, but what we lack as performers, we like to think we make up for as musicians. We discipline ourselves into making sure that all of our songs are played really tight, so that they sound just as good live as they would in a professional studio. In fact, I think that we sound better live than we do in our recordings.
SLG: How long has this line-up been together?
RB: The members of our band have stayed pretty consistent throughout the past six years or so. The three of us play really well together and the band feels complete the way it is. The thing that I love the most about playing in Anodyne Red is that we are friends before bandmates. I don't think it's very often that you get to play with your best friends. We started playing together while we were sophomores at Idaho Falls High School and are still based around IF and Rexburg.
SLG: Tell us about this upcoming show at ISU. What can people expect if they go?
RB: We're excited to play at ISU because Pocatello has been good to us. We've had really good receptions both at the Icon and the Vinyl Perk downtown. People in Pocatello just seem to know how to treat their artists.
The show Thursday, July 30th at the ISU Quad should be a lot of fun. We hit the stage at 6:00 and then Cary Judd comes on right after us, which will be a real treat. He's a very talented guy and we feel honored to be opening for him. I'm pretty sure there's going to be a BBQ and a bunch of free stuff from the college, so there really shouldn't be any place else to be on Thursday night.
SLG: Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?
RB: We'll be selling our CD "My Heart" for $8.00 at the show for all you folks that are interested.
SLG: Any comments about the local live music scene? The music industry in general?
RB: We just want to encourage everyone to come see the show and all of the other shows going on this summer. Musicians live off of the crowds that show up to listen to them. Support the small guys because that's what pushes the music industry to new heights. It doesn't really matter how talented a band is unless they have people who support them. Thanks a million.
SLG: How can fans keep in contact with you?
RB: Our myspace page is www.myspace.com/anodynered