Tomorrow, Brooklyn Park’s progressive hardcore four piece, Weightless Anchors storms THE GARAGE with Goodnight Gorillas, Wishing Well, Ball and Chain, Avians of Autonomy, Jim the Fish, and Astro Bandits. Since the members met at Champlin Park High School, they’ve furiously been writing, recording, and performing as much music as possible. Good music. We’ve been spinning “Sir Ammex” for the last hour, because in it Weightless Anchors balances the classic elements of hardcore well without sounding too familiar. They’re talented musicians and songwriters that have our ear.
They make thrash like this:
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
THE GARAGE: First of all, tell the people: What’s your brand of music and who are the artists that influence Weightless Anchors?
Adam: Our “brand” is an attempt to fuse multiple genres together. A lot of it is heavy metal stuff, but here and there we like to incorporate various genres. Protest the hero, Green Day, and Enter Shikari would be some of my big influences.
Jack: I don’t want to put boundaries on our music. Basically we just jam in a room and whatever comes out is our music. Typically, however, it leans towards a more hardcore metal. Thrice, Converge, Black Flag and Alkaline trio are my top influences in Weightless Anchors.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Adam: You should definitely expect a lot of energy. We like to give it our all. Unfortunately, we won’t have our vocalist for this show due to personal conflicts, but you can still expect all original songs and enthusiasm. “Sir Ammex” is probably my favorite to play simply because it has the most variety.
Jack: Yeah, we’ll definitely give it our all. We’re looking to have a good time, and I hope that reflects with the audience. I’m probably most excited about our opening song, “The Captor.”
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Adam: A good song has flow, diversity, and pumps you up so a lot of energy. One of my all time favorite songs is probably “Arguing with Thermometers” by Enter Shikari.
Jack: That’s a really tough question, because there’s so much that can get in the way of letting a good song flow from you. I think it’s nearly impossible to write a perfect song, but I know that everyone in the band is proud of what we’ve written. On a side note, if there was a perfect song that existed, it would be “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Adam: Practices are usually at Jeff’s house. They go for about two hours and just involve us giving it our all, playing our songs we already have, and trying to write some new material.
Jack: One shirtless black dude, 3 scrawny white dudes, and lots of energy bouncing around.
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?
Adam: Station 4 because of how comfortable I am there because I’ve been there so many times.
Jack: I’d have to say the Triple Rock Social Club, mostly because I had one of my favorite experiences at a show there.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Adam: I would have to say my home computer because that’s the piece of technology that we’re recording and mixing our independent EP on.
Jack: Probably my phone, because that’s something I record little riffs on and ideas to save them for later.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Adam: Mysterious Strangers. They’ve got a unique throwback style.
Jack: I’d have to agree with Adam. Also, keep a lookout for Roads of Glass.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Adam and Jack: “Fault Line” by August Burns Red
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Adam: Find people you genuinely like to hangout with.
Jack: Create opportunities for yourself, don’t wait around for a “break,” because it won’t come unless you make the first move.