Politically Charged Anergy Band Has Something To Say
Who is Anergy?
"As a band we've been together for a little over a year now and we're putting together our first EP for release in the near future. We're also constantly working on new material. In the time we've been around we've played several local venues (Burns Alley Tavern, Tin Roof, Corys Grilled Cheese, The Mill, The Sparrow) and a few further out of town (The Summer Breeze in Summerville and Art Bar in Columbia). Probably the coolest show we ever got to play was at the grand opening of the Sk8 Charleston skate park. That place has a lot of potential to grow the local scene and bring in some big-name bands, and playing a show where people get to skate to your music fulfilled a personal dream for me!"
"From a musical standpoint, we each bring something unique to the table when it comes to our playing style or creating new material. Jared is the most experimental member and enjoys a 60's-inspired psychedelic guitar style that blends rhythm and lead ideas. Sherrod likes to bring a heavier low-end with his catchy ska, punk and nu-metal influenced bass lines. And I tend to be the one that does a lot of the musical organizing, working with the others to figure out how we're going to convert free-form ideas into more concrete time signatures, sometimes contributing some ideas for chord progressions as well. My drumming style comes from a jazz background and is also inspired by punk, 70s rock and heavy metal. Sherrod was the first one to bring substantial lyrics to the table when he first joined, and now he and I usually collaborate to write most of the lyrics."
Describe your music creatively.
"Our music is probably best described as grungy, metal-infused punk with jazz and psychobilly influences. We honestly just play whatever we feel like playing, though. We like to keep things interesting and we don't want to be a band where every song sounds the same. At the same time though, we do tend to stick to things on the faster, heavier side. Our sound is still evolving so we're constantly discovering new things that we'd like to try."
Who are your influences? This could be other bands/ musicians or people that are close to you.
"Jared: Nirvana, At The Drive In, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Mars Volta
Sherrod: Sevendust, System of a Down, Maximum the Hormone, Linkin Park
Gabe: Agent Orange, The Adolescents, The Vandals, The Plasmatics, Rage Against The Machine, The Ramones, The Who"
Tell me a story/ a great memory as a band or personal live performance.
"A story worth telling is probably what it took to make our music video. We pretty much shot the whole thing in one day, and when we first started it didn't look like the weather was going to cooperate. But we decided to go ahead with it anyway, and we headed out to a local abandoned industrial space known locally as the Wastelands. Over the years it's been used by skaters who once had a DIY park set up there until the park was removed for safety reasons. People still skate out there though, and they were while we were shooting! Anyway, things were going well until about 5pm rolled around. All these gnats started coming out as it cooled off, and they were vicious! They wouldn't stop biting us, so here we are trying to finish filming with these clouds of gnats everywhere! If you look really closely in the video you can see a few of them flying around. We eventually had to abandon the shoot because they were biting us through our clothes. Luckily it worked out well in the end though, and the overcast sky we'd been worried about ended up creating a really cool visual aesthetic for the video."
"Not My President" Anergy Official Video
"As far as a performance, goes, I think our most memorable performance to date was playing The Royal American in downtown Charleston. It's one of the harder local venues to get a show at so we were really thrilled to have the opportunity. Our friends in Mike Martin and the Beautiful Mess helped put us on the show because they were launching their website and they want to help other local bands flourish, and we were the first band that they helped to get started. They let us practice in their house for a few months at the very beginning and we put together our first songs in those days, so having everything come full circle was awesome. Plus, not even a month before we played at Royal the Dead Boys came through on their Still Young, Loud, and Snotty 40th Anniversary tour and we got to see them and perform on the stage they just played on, so it doesn't get much cooler than that!"