The Anderson Council Rocks the Garage
By Mike Doktorski
does The Anderson Council have in common with E Street Band guitarist
and Sopranos star Steve Van Zandt?
for starters, both share a love of "garage rock," a
retro-leaning, guitar-based musical style that has its roots in
the British mod scene of the 1960s when bands like The Beatles,
The Kinks, The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Animals ruled the airwaves.
Over the years, successive generations of musicians have updated
the garage sound to incorporate such diverse influences as punk
and R&B, and today the form is championed by new acts like
The Strokes, The Mooney Suzuki, and (of course) The Anderson Council.
in New Brunswick by singer/songwriter Peter Horvath, guitarist
Jimmy Charles, bassist Bobby Farrell, and drummer Brian King,
the Anderson Council self-released their debut CD Coloursound
in 2001. That same year, Van Zandt launched a live music series
called Cavestomp! at various downtown NYC clubs. When the Anderson
Council performed at a Cavestomp! show that summer, it just so
happened that Van Zandt caught their act and obtained a copy of
Coloursound. A few months later, Van Zandt launched his own weekly
syndicated radio program ("Little Steven's Underground Garage")
and began spinning Anderson Council tracks like "Never Stop
Being '67" and "Sitting On A Cloud" alongside tunes
by other famous and not-so-famous garage rock purveyors. As you
might expect, the benefits of such regular airplay have greatly
increased The Anderson Council's fanbase. At last count, "Little
Steven's Underground Garage" had 112 affiliates in 138 markets
throughout the United States and Canada.
time we get some airplay from Steven, our web stats go off the
charts," says Farrell. "Too bad we don't have the money
to repress Coloursound
we get a lot of e-mail from people
wanting to buy it."
band is planning to capitalize on their newfound notoriety on
their second album, which remains a work-in-progress. "Six
songs out of fifteen are completely done," says Horvath,
"and the other nine are in varying states of disarray."
Further complicating progress has been a chronic lack of money.
To wit, the Anderson Council have been entertaining some inquiries
from record labels who may step in to help them complete the project.
Says Charles: "If someone gave us a little bit of support,
I'm completely confident that we could make a really amazing record."
a lot of preserverance and a little bit of luck, they might just
get their chance. §