By Michael Duncan of Rock Edition
They’re young, they’re attractive, they’re Anavae. The female-fronted band, who took their name from the term enervate and created a word to mean the opposite, have (amazingly) only been together for about three years. Since their inception, the group has been able to rack up more than 400,000 video views and support several noteworthy acts, including There For Tomorrow, Kids in Glass Houses, and Hawthorne Heights. Having recently signed with LAB Records, the London-based rockers are hard at work on their second EP. As they settled back in from a successful UK tour, we spoke with vocalist Rebecca Need-Menear and guitarist Jamie Finch. Read below about their beginnings, influences, and plans for the future.
SUBSTREAM: How and when did the two of you first meet?
ANAVAE: We were in a band previously to Anavae for a couple of years, but the writing process just didn’t feel organic, so the pair of us broke off and created something brand new. We wanted a completely fresh start and we’re now creating and sounding the way we’d always envisioned with people we love.
SUBSTREAM: At what point were you approached by LAB Records? How did the early discussions begin?
ANAVAE: We’d been a band for just under a year when LAB approached us. Becca’s a YouTube junkie, so we upload regular acoustics online, which LAB happened to stumble across. It’s been an absolute joy to work with them so far, so we’re very happy and definitely feel like we’ve made a great decision. They really get what we’re about and what we’re trying to do.
SUBSTREAM: Tell us about ‘Storm Chaser.’
ANAVAE: ‘Storm Chaser’ is our brand new single which we decided to release as a bundle including a bunch of bonus tracks which we absolutely love. We’re in the midst of creating EP number two as we speak.
SUBSTREAM: What inspired the title?
ANAVAE: The song is initially about frustration, in all it’s many forms. The frustration of reaching out to those who are stuck and trapped inside their own existence and routines. It’s a huge scream at those who are wasting away their lives. Like all of the things I write, they jump between what I’m feeling about the things around me, how I relate to the world, and then ultimately how I feel about certain individuals.I crave movement, and discovery, I crave the “storm chasers” of the world, the quirks, the ones with too many corridors in their heads. I’m in love with the word adventure… but an adventure shared. I touch on general internal struggles that I face day to day. A history with panic attacks, my view of what I generally want (or don’t know what I want), the general hysteria of life’s confusion, and the pain of not being able to fully and perfectly express yourself creatively in the way that you really need.
SUBSTREAM: When recording ‘Storm Chaser,’ did you take on separate roles in the studio, or was the process very collaborative?
ANAVAE: The process is always very collaborative between the pair of us, definitely. I make sure I’m around when Jamie is tracking drum parts with Seb or recording bass, guitars, etc. and he is always there when I’m doing vocals. We like to oversee everything and make sure the opportunity to give input is there.
SUBSTREAM: The song “This Light” features Arthur Walwin, who is a former member of post-hardcore act This Part Is Us. How did he get involved with the track?
ANAVAE: We liked his work in Paige and his solo stuff so we approached him. He’s also a great engineer so we knew we’d come out with something which sounded awesome. We’d been meaning to collaborate with him on something for ages so we just decided to finally sit down together and write something.
SUBSTREAM: You’re both big fans of groups like Evaline and There For Tomorrow. In what ways have they influenced how you approach your music?
ANAVAE: They make such interesting sounds. They don’t approach their genres in the “standard” way. They’re definitely not afraid to experiment and express themselves.
SUBSTREAM: Are there any plans to expand ‘Storm Chaser’ and record a full-length album?
ANAVAE: Not a full-length just yet, but we’re extremely excited for the next EP, which we’re just about to head into the studio to track.
SUBSTREAM: Becca, in addition to music, you’re also very passionate about photography. Did your interest in one direct you toward the other?
ANAVAE: That’s something I’ve never really properly thought about, actually. Music creates images like nothing else, and then vice versa – a sound can be triggered from an image, but when it actually comes down to ‘making’ the creative processes for each feel completely different. They’ve developed on their own and from different directions. That’s not to say they don’t enhance each other, though.
SUBSTREAM: With more young bands out there today than ever before, how do you guys plan on standing out?
ANAVAE: We don’t really “plan” anything. We just do what we want to do when it feels right. Creating for the feel good factor rather than in an attempt to try to stand out.
SUBSTREAM: What can we expect from Anavae in 2013?
ANAVAE: More touring for definite. We haven’t really played shows in that many towns, so we definitely want to get out there and explore some more. Our second 7-track EP is also in the works, which we’re feeling extremely excited about! We can’t wait for you to hear it.