Annalise hail from Exeter and deliver a mighty fine melodic punk sound that some relate to as mod sounding. Here's an interview I did with David from Annalise via email on 29 January.
OK, let's get the preliminaries out of the way to first. Which folks make up Annalise, what instruments are you responsible for and describe the traits that makes up each member of the band's personality ?
I guess that you've answered this one a thousand times but I can't remember seeing the answer before, but then my memory isn't that hot as you well know so please indulge me. Your name ? What's the story ? Please don't tell me it's TV soap related!
You've got a cool album "Versus Everything" that came out on Pigdog in October and I believe a split EP with J Church just out, are you pleased with these release and what kind of reaction have you had ?
Eddy wrote "Y'Fuckin Freak" about our trip to Australia which is about the only thing that keeps me going these days! I made the mistake of looking byronbay.com up the other day. What am i doing here!
If you had the opportunity to submit any 3 items (personal or not) in a time vault for the 20th Century to be opened at the turn of the next Millennium what would you submit and why ?
I guess that you guys are veterans by today's standards as you've been playing in Annalise and various former bands since the early 90s. So what keeps you going and how do you keep the inspiration flowing ?
I sort of expected a culture shock but on the contrary Joe Kidd the guy we stayed with had a very similar lifestyle to that of Ed and me. Same with Yoichi in Tokyo - it was as if we had common history.
All you normally see - on TV for example - are cultural diversities. Like, in Japan everyone is a polite businessman who frequents Karaoke bars. That's like all English people wear bowler hats and play cricket on Sunday afternoon after tea with the Queen!
The punk scene is amazingly similar in all the countries I've been to...
I've seen you cite bands like Television, the Ramones and Dagnasty as influences what would be your all time favourite gig (existing, defunct or dead bands allowed) ?
Has anything ever happened to you that totally changed your life or thinking and if so what was it and what change did it make ?
What are your plans for 2002 ?
After that we're working on a project called JOLT! which is a modern take on the shock comix of the 50's. Kinda of morality tales dealing with ideas of frankenscience & that kind of thing.
One strip is a pastiche of The Fly, where DNA taken from the Turin Shroud is mixed with that of a Fly ( like in that Vincent Price movie),. Shaky has drawn a hilarious end panel with a fly caught in a spiders web with a Jesus face, screeching "forgive them Father for they know not what they do!" The strips are introduced by The Jolt Monkey, a chimp who has escaped from a test lab and gets a kick of the shock ending of the stories.
We liked that idea: a fucking monkey editing our comic!
Finally is there anything that you'd like to say, plug, slag off or encourage ?
Annalise are a first class band check out their releases and their website: www.annalise.co.uk