There's nothing quite like a genuine New York City rock 'n' roll band. You know, the kind that can be both completely trashy and completely charming in the course of a single three-minute power pop song. The kind that can make the ghost of Joey Ramone sit up and take notice. Boys and girls, meet The Anabolics.
The Anabolics are a two girl, one guy band from Brooklyn that will be in town Sunday, October 19 to play Abbey Pub (more info and tickets). They describe themselves as what would happen if The Clash and The Shangri-Las had a cheap one night stand and produced offspring, and I can't disagree.
In anticipation of the show, guitarist and co-vocalist Anna Blumenthal took the time to answer some questions about the origins and antics of The Anabolics, as well as the band's latest LP, "Anabolically Correct."
First off, give us some background on The Anabolics. When and how did you come together?
Marcelo (drummer) and I have been friends for ages. We used to always hang out and listen to records and play music together, and we have the same taste in music. As in, we both worship at the altar of Cheap Trick. Then the bands we had each been playing in kind of fell apart at the same time so we decided to start a band.
This was a few years ago. We had a few different people we were playing with for a while - we used to play with a keyboard player at first, but we met Christina (bass) a little over a year ago, and when she started finishing our
sentences and rolling her eyes at our jokes instead of being repulsed, we knew she was a keeper.
We write catchy rock 'n' roll tunes with a kick and we always strive for lots of harmonies. All three of us sing so we try to have three voices singing as much as possible. I don't think we set out do anything different with this record musically - we never try to write a certain type of song, we just sit down and write whatever comes naturally to us. But sound-wise, I think we worked a lot harder on finding our sound, in terms of the drums, guitars and vocals. And we added way more hand claps than on the first record.