How hard can a coffee house rock? Let’s let Albany’s Hudson River Coffee House set the standard this Saturday night when it hosts Severe Severe and Anchorage Nebraska, two regional trios whose original, stylized riffs promise to rage Quail Street.
If you’re looking to feed the dark rock beast, Severe Severe is your band. A trio with a unique haunted sound and an affinity for political art pull it all together into an absorbing experience. Check out a review of their live show: They’re tight and ready for takeoff. Read a Q&A with the band before you experience their electric voodoo. I’ll say it again: This stuff is inspired.
Anchorage Nebraska is taking grunge out of the garage and bringing it to the couch, though the music’s listenable hooks will make even the most apathetic couch-sitter raise a fist in defiance. The video for their single “Soda Pop” won a regional award for best use of tinfoil and sets them adrift to not conquer the world. In anticipation of the upcoming Hudson River Coffee House show, I exchanged a few emails with Dusty West, leadman for Anchorage Nebraska, the region’s most pissed off band.
Establishing your influences is standard interview procedure. You guys are an original band, but if you had to talk about influences. . .
We like some 80’s indie bands. Like dinosaur jr and maybe green river. Minor threat. Anything pissed off tho. Its gotta have an edge. It cant be phil collins or any crap like that.
Don’t hate, Dusty. Anchorage Nebraska is a guitar/bass/drums band. What kind of musical training do you guys have? Self taught? Conservatory?
I just had to look up ‘conservatory’ in the dictionary. Second definition says it’s a green house. So, no. we did not learn music in a green house. . . We just all have been playing shows since we were 15 and when we play its just all that bullshit we learned half-assed along the way.
Though you don’t all play drums in this band, all the band members are drummers, and you’ve said in previous interviews that writing is a drum-initiated process for you guys. How does that contribute to your overall sound?
it makes it funner. If the drummer is playing drums that are fun to play, then the band is having fun. And that’s good for listener. Nothing is worse than some over sensitive singer lamenting on and on in minors. Ill kill someone!!! Play fast. Pissed. don’t stop.
Sounds like a good time. What should the audience expect from the upcoming live show at Hudson River Coffee House?
Nothing? Okay. Well, Saturday night apathy it is, then. Why not give nothing a chance?
When: Saturday, April 23, 9pm
Where: Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail St Albany NY