Ten years can change a person quite a lot. For Anthony Green, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his solo debut, Avalon, means looking back at a whole different world compared to now. “When I put this album out, I was just about to get married, and I didn’t have any kids. I was this wild atom firing off like constant neurons exploding with energy,” Green admits. “I feel like so much has changed, but the nucleus of everything has stayed the same. The one factor is that I am still able to make music.”
The singer-songwriter—best known for his work with Saosin and Circa Survive—didn’t only celebrate his past successes with a full U.S. tour for Avalon from late June to early August, he also released a new solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, on June 1 via Memory Music. “The title of the album kind of encompasses it all—it’s about patience,” Green says. “Would you still be in love with somebody after 10 years of singing the same song? Would you still be in love with somebody after all the romance is gone and you fart in front of each other and see each other get sick or angry? It sort of muses on that idea of time and what that does to a person in a relationship.”
While writing Would You Still Be In Love, Green also identified and came to terms with his mental illness, stating that he feels relieved to figure it out. “I sort of discovered I was bipolar while making this album. I don’t feel weird about it; I know the stigma about being bipolar is really bad, and I know it’s a challenge,” he admits. “There’s been shit about my personality and my mind that has been confusing to me for years to navigate around, so figuring that out and figuring out ways I can help reduce my mania and anxiety have been really helpful.”
Green says he wants to use his music as a release for others who are struggling with similar issues. He credits his ability to give back to his mental health and state of mind. “I am sort of proud of it in a way, and it is my best quality. The only thing that makes me worthwhile in society is being able to give back musically,” Green shares. “I would love to be the example for somebody who listens to my music to not be ashamed of what is going on with their mind and their body. If there was someone who is feeling lost and stuck because of alienation and they hear that someone they feel connected to in another way is going through that too, there can be a unified thing there.”
“Vera Lynn,” the first song on Would You Still Be In Love, showcases a bit of what Green’s writing and recording process is like when in what he now refers to as his “manic state.” Unlike 10 years ago, when Green was a wild, firing atom, “Vera Lynn” and the rest of the album strongly correlate to his life now. “That song itself is the reason I wanted to call the album Bipolar Love Songs, because it was such a celebration of the manic state it took me to be in to write it,” Green says.
He says he wanted to write a beautiful love song, similar to “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” a song recorded by English singer—and his song’s namesake—Vera Lynn. “I wanted to write something that sounded like that, but I physically can’t, so I wrote about wanting to write something that beautiful,” Green admits. “I couldn’t honor it in the way of copying it, so I just paid tribute to it.”
“Vera Lynn” also showcases Green’s family through its accompanying music video. He mentions that the video is based on a dream he had years ago, in which his head is stuck on a little kid’s body. The lighthearted style of the video pairs perfectly with the heaviness behind the song, giving viewers a positive feeling after watching.
From his exploding energy while performing onstage to the beautiful melodies in Would You Still Be In Love, Green continues to wow his fans and keep them begging for more.
Photos by Roberto Herrera