Sometimes you come across a new favourite act in strange ways. When I wrote about the new Counting Crows album Underwater Sunshine, I pointed out that cover versions can help you discover great acts, highlighting Kasey Anderson as an example, with his Like Teenage Gravity one of the highlights of that album. The next day, Anderson’s PR agency had picked up on my review and offered me his most recent album to listen to, which definitely helped me decide to take the plunge into checking out his music. Good move.
Interestingly though, Anderson’s most recent release was Heart Of A Dog, a very different kind of album to what had gone before, including Like Teenage Gravity. Having been a Seattle singer-songwriter who released mostly solo acoustic records, this time he had recruited a backing band called The Honkies and was ready to rock out. “I wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll record with my friends,” he explains on his website. “I wanted to write ten good songs, put everyone in a room, and roll tape. So that’s what we did.”
From the opening fuzzy clamour of electric guitar and pounding drums on The Wrong Light, it’s obvious both that something different was happening but also that it was a natural progression for Anderson as an artist. It’s a song that would fit very nicely on the albums Steve Earle released in the early 2000s (Kasey Anderson’s Dream sounds even more so) and it doesn’t sound forced at all. Which is hardly surprising, given that the Honkies have got bands like The Supersuckers, The Posies, The Fastbacks and The Presidents Of The United States Of America on their collective CVs.
Anderson and The Honkies will be releasing their new album later this year, called Let The Bloody Moon Rise, and you can pledge towards the making of it here. I’ve written a lot about pledging towards new music on the site recently and there’s lots of incentives available. I’ve already pledged some money because I like what I’ve heard of him, both on his own (his early albums are fantastic) and with his band. This is exactly why albums like Underwater Sunshine are important, giving oxygen to great talents like Kasey Anderson. So, are you going to check him out? He’s also well worth a follow on Twitter, by the way…
- Stream Counting Crows New Album Before Release! (929dave.radio.com)
- Counting Crows “Underwater Sunshine” Leak (musicgetsleaked.wordpress.com)
- Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine – Review (newadventuresinhifi.com)