Miami psychedelic indie poppers ANR will be playing at Mercury Lounge this Wednesday, August 30th. They’ll be playing material off their critically-acclaimed full-length, Stay Kids Deluxe Edition, which is out September 13th on 10k Islands. For a quick taste of the album, click HERE to watch the band’s video for the title track, “Stay Kids,” a blissed-out, nostalgic ode to remaining young in spirit:
ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks. It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader, MTV.com and Nylon, among others, and has landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.
Stay Kids is a rhythmically propulsive, psychedelic trip that was inspired largely by recent floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other environmental disasters. Much of the album’s lyrics meditate on how such ‘natural’ disasters affect individuals and humanity at large. However, sonically-speaking the album is by no means morose. Instead, the synth-heavy and often danceable material feels triumphant and the lyrics focus on a message of optimism.