The band, or, more likely, singer/keyboardist Anna Cole, posted this MySpace bulletin this morning:
Anvil Chorus will be no more very soon. While this news could be taken as sad news...do not fret...it was just time for this to happen and actually, I am quite excited. We are playing this Friday at The Hurricane with David Gaume on bass...then we will finish out our shows on the 30th, the 11th and the 13th with Jenny Carr on bass. Be sure to come and wish us well.
Speaking of Jenny Carr...
she is playing in our new project, Mj & The Bear. Although there is no music on our myspace page, there soon will be. Please add us at myspace.com/mjandthebear
You may notice that the members of MJ & The Bear are the same as Anvil Chorus, sans our old bass player and adding Jenny...then your next question may be..why are you breaking up?
Well...there are five Anvil Chorus bands...five....and with the addition of Jenny...we just couldn't call it Anvil Chorus anymore....it was just time to lay that name and all that I associated with it, to bed.
So...here's to new beginnings...just in time for spring!
Thank you all so very much for all of your help and support! See you at the show!
THOUGHTS & MUSINGS
I caught the Chorus play at SXSW as part of a non-affiliated festival called Texas Rockfest, which was being held at a few Sixth Street venues that weren't doing SX for whatever reason. Despite technical problems that caused a couple of songs to be aborted, AC put on a good show to a sizeable (considering the small patio) and receptive crowd. I had forgotten how much I like their songs -- that hopped-up- Portishead kinda sound with strong dynamics and tension. I like music that evokes suspense. Scott Walker's album from last year, The Drift, did that extremely well, and even though it was weird-ass, avant, and unlistenable to many fans of the Walker Brothers, that record just fucked me up -- tension so spooked out and tight that you wouldn't be surprised while listening to it if dead people started clawing up through the floor. But I digress...gaw!
Anyway, it's probably good that Anvil Chorus is becoming something different. Many of the band's songs were written with original bassist and drummer Byron Huhmann and Brad Wicklander, and it's always complicated to play songs after members have split over personal differences.
I don't know about this Mj the Bear thing, but I do know that Jenny Carr's a rock 'n roller.