“A nautical mile is a little bit longer than a mile. I find that with everything I do, be it academically, work or music related, I always have to work a little harder to get where I want to,” explains Marty Ryan, the man, heart and soul behind the Limerick based indie-emo-punk act Anna’s Anchor, of his recent release’s title. Nautical Miles is certainly a befitting debut album name, for an artist who won’t let simple geography stand in the way of “writing and releasing as much music as possible.” Laying down Nautical Miles saw Marty spend all of January 2016 criss-crossing the Irish Sea for studio sessions with producer Bob Cooper. Marty enlisted his pal Brian Scally to lay down drums, before handling all other instrumentation and vocals himself. The fruit of his labour is a soulful amalgam of emo, indie and pop, reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World and Into It. Over It. Following it’s release on release on 23rd September, Marty now gives you further insight into Anna’s Anchor, by taking the A-Z interview…
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Probably Going Away to College, once Blink started breaking, I was hooked and learned all the songs, playing and writing and songs seemed more achieveable at that point since they were so easy, yet so good.
Best Album Ever Written: Such a hard one to answer, I’d probably go for Disintegration by The Cure
Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Again, too much to choose from. On the first Anna’s Anchor tour, I played in Brno and stayed in this super sketchy hostel which only had one other resident, Igor from Croatia who came to the show, followed me uncomfortably close and told me tomorrow that I would go with him to the next stop with some ride share he had organised online. He was worryingly forceful about me taking this ride with them, so I got up at like 6 am and left the Hostel, As I walked out the door he said “Where are you going”. Overly nice guy or potential dangerous situation? We’ll never know.
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Possibly in Hampton in the chorus “As A father, you had to turn your back on your daughter”. The song is about one of my parents alcoholism destroying relationships, it’s a hard thing to watch happen.
Easiest Song You Wrote: Conclusion, last song off the new record. I wanted it to be a distinct summation of the record and it all happened in about 5 minutes.
Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: The album launch show in my hometown, Limerick. It was super DIY in a cafe that’s in a loft. Crammed a big p.a and way too many people into it. Sold out the tickets for it ourselves online, did sound ourselves and it was amazing night. I hear legendary stories of Limerick being the pinnacle of DIY from the generatin before me but it hasn’t happened so much in time so it felt great to take a risk, do it that way and for it to be a real success!
Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On Your Record: Daniel Kessler of Interpol, that would be amazing!
Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Possibly when the new album on vinyl arrived at my house. It all felt very real then, there was no turning back and it really existed. I was buzzing!
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Well AA is more or less just myself, but an interesting fact about one of the guys who are on tour with me right now is that one of them had to fly back on our day for something hilarious that I can’t talk about here and fly back the day of the Southampton show, his flight was delayed and made the last song of our set.
Jokes You Have In The Band: On this tour, our bass player Adrian at dinner asked for a “Portion of napkins”, so now we refer to everything in portion form, “That last band was great, played a portion of bangers”.
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Hampton, get right into the emotional stuff from the off!
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Montana. Not many bands in the states ever play in Montana, I’ve only played in Montana so far!
Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: Rory Friers of ASIWYFA. They’re such an incredibly creative group and the sounds he gets from his guitarist, truly inspiring!
New Band You’d Recommend: Ganglions – Math rock from Sheffield, my favourite band we’ve played with on this tour!
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Into It. Over It. Certainly my favourite band that I really look up to, It would be a dream come true to play with them and think their fans would dig Anna’s Anchor.
Place You’d Most Like To Tour: full U.S. Im enamoured by the states so a full U.S would be a real bucket list affair!
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Sadness is easier because it’s surrender
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: The new record is called Nautical Miles and A nautical mile is a little bit longer than a mile. I find that with everything I do, be it academically, work or music related, I always have to work a little harder to get where I want to.
See Us Live At: www.annasanchor.com/tour
The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: I obviously only have experience of the current days, but we get to tour all around Europe at the moment which I’m sure wouldnt have been possible in the older days so I’m pretty stoked on how things are right now.
Unusual Merchandise: Anna’s Anchor branded stick of rock. It’ll happen soon.
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: Well I guess that is covered as when I tour solo, It’s already an alternate version of the song.
What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted: Probably The Blackout. Walked past them at Oxegen festival, highly regretted it.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related in juries: I split my head open in a game of football the day of a show before. Played the show, stiches opened up a little while I was playing. Not cool.
You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: Gangnam Style. Most played youtube video ever, enough said.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: A dolphin.