Interview by Stuart Blythe
Progressive instrumental rockers Balloons Kill Babies are hitting the stage with Anathema in Brisbane this month (October 29, 2015). We caught up with Christian ‘Twiggy’ Carter, guitarist for Balloons Kill Babies, for a chat.
You’re about to play a one-off acoustic show with Anathema in Brisbane?
Following an incredibly successful first tour of Australia in August 2014, Anathema are set to return in October 2015 for a series of acoustic concerts. On this second trip Down Under, Anathema will also perform in New Zealand, Adelaide and Perth for the first time ever!
Words and Pics: Ben Hosking
Spiritual. Transcendental. Spellbinding. Miraculous. That’s the best way to describe Anathema’s first Sydney concert in their 25-year history. There’s electricity in the air and from the first bars of Untouchable Part 1, everyone can feel it – including the band themselves who are visibly stoked at the reception.
Review by Wanda Hill
Anathema played their first ever Australian show to a welcoming and receptive audience at the HiFi Bar in Brisbane’s West End on Thursday night. Any doubts about their Australian fan base would have been quickly swept away as the crowd soaked up the power and intensity of their music and joined them in singing along with songs recently released as well as from albums produced many years ago. Yes Anathema, you have many fans here, and we hope you won’t wait so long to visit us again.
Photographer: Stuart Blythe
Interview by Ben Hosking
With ANATHEMA making their long awaited first visit to Australia this August (2014), we were absolutely delighted when Daniel Cavanagh took time out to chat with LifeMusicMedia.com
Your August tour to Australia will be your first to our shores in your 25 year history. Why so long?
I don’t know why so long, it’s just the way it happened. Our career trajectory has had a kind of difficult course and hasn’t always had the backing or focus that it needed to really achieve great things. I think it’s only in the last few years that these things have been in place.
Review by Wanda Hill
Sixty minutes of floating on beautiful melodies, intense emotion and powerful composition can be yours when you decide to listen to Distant Satellites – Anathema’s 10th studio album. This UK progressive rock band have carved their own unique blend of uplifting yet contemplative music that continues to inspire and attract new fans around the world. Their style has grown to embrace new influences while never really straying far from original inspirational sources such as Pink Floyd.
Distant Satellites features ten beautifully crafted songs that explore a range of states of being and experiences using sublime instrumentation, harmonies and vibrant vocals. The song’s transition well from one to another, providing continuity and an extremely pleasurable listening hour.
Anathema’s Australian fans have been waiting patiently for almost 25 years and your innumerable emails and requests have finally borne fruit – Anathema are making their long awaited first visit to our shores!
Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for a long time. As influential pioneers of melodic heavy music, the band’s forward thinking, intellectual musicianship has earned them accolades such as Classic Rock’s 2010 and 2012 Prog Album of the Year (2010’s We’re Here Because We’re Here was mixed by progressive rock mainman Steven Wilson).
Review: Ben Hosking
||Listening to UK band Anathema these days, it’s hard to believe that they once toured alongside groups such as Paradise Lost, Cathedral and Cannibal Corpse. Formed in 1990 under the moniker of Pagan Angel, the group signed to Peaceville Records – the same group that was home to other legendary doom metal bands of the time.
When original singer Darren White left the band in 1995, guitarist Vincent Cavanaugh stepped up to the mic and by the time their next album came out in 1996, a new sound was clearly forming. With ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ – the band’s eighth
studio long-play and first in seven long years – the band has really nailed their atmospheric rock vibe.