According to pop/punk rockers Anchor Down, the best live shows depend on the audience. When the audience has fun, the band has fun. High energy from the crowd drives the band to push themselves, allowing each show to be the best night ever for fans, and artists as well. Dan Murphy (bass/vocals), Sarah Roberts (vocals), Paul Pozar (guitar/vocals), and Marissa Roesch (drums) will never tire of that perfect moment when they look up and see kids singing and jumping to their music.
Music requires a sense of humor. Tom, the original guitar player for Anchor Down was a bit of a character. Day after day, he would come to practice and announce he had written a new song. He would then proceed to play a well-known song by another artist. It made the bandmates laugh, until one day, Tom brought an original song. The rest of Anchor Down were so impressed, they named the song, “Tom Stole This Song” to commemorate Tom’s experience in songwriting. The song has been re-vamped and re-released, but retains the sentimental connection for the artists and has become a fan favorite.
Inspiration is learning. Murphy is an accomplished bass player, but wants to add drums to his skills. The biggest drawback for him is coordinating hands and feet with the many simultaneous motions it takes to produce a cohesive sound on drums. Roesch is excited each time she hears a new band or music. As a drummer, she believes that there is still much to learn and finds herself adapting techniques she hears to her own style. Pozar was introduced to music by his father, who gave him his first guitar. Not particularly interested in learning at the time, Pozar set it aside. As he got older, Pozar gave guitar another try and found his passion for music.
Are we there yet? For Anchor Down, the road to success stretches out in front of them, like an adventure waiting to happen. Pozar describes that the immediate goal is to develop a local following in order to grow the Anchor Down fan base. They have no specific time frame for releasing an EP or full-length album, preferring to take enough time to make each single release as good as they can. Murphy is anxious for practical experience and explains, “I want to tour. I just want to go out and get on the road.” He does not mind sleeping in a van or brushing his teeth at Walmart, because he is determined to bring Anchor Down’s music to as many people as possible.
The stage show is interactive. High energy collides with infectious choruses to get each audience member singing and jumping. There is an easy camaraderie between Anchor Down and their fans, which enhances the overall experience. As I watched the show, I found that I did not want to observe, I wanted to be part of the action. Anchor Down will continue to write new songs as they perform at numerous local events. Watch for them, because I have no doubt they will be coming soon to a town near you.