Anchor are a straight-edge vegan hardcore band, hailing from Sweden. Formed in 2007, the band rose from the ashes of Damage Control and Set My Path. Anchor’s sound is characterised by bleak melodies, harsh shouts and layers of distortion. Fans of Melbourne sons Carpathian would do well to check them out, the bands share the aforementioned elements and toured Europe together last year. Anchor distinguish themselves with a more metallic edge however, don’t be surprised if you hear the occasional old school metal riff thrown in for good measure. The band draws influence from 80s and 90s US hardcore groups such as Unbroken, Trial and Judge, as well as being motivated by their political beliefs. The lyrical content is heavy, involving animal liberation, personal rights and you guessed it: straight edge. Here’s a quote from their website which illustrates their motivations:
“THE MUSIC WE MAKE CAN BE SEEN AS NATURAL EXTENSION
OF HOW ALL OF US ARE ACTIVISTS, IN ONE SENSE OR THE OTHER.
BE IT THROUGH PLAYING MUSIC, DOING FANZINES,
PROMOTING SHOWS OR GETTING ACTIVE IN LOCAL POLITICAL GROUPS.”
In three short years they’ve played several hundred shows and produced six releases, their first being the Captivity Songs EP (2007), and their most recent the Relations of Violence 7″ (2009). The Quiet Dance LP (2008) is their only full length so far. If their existing work isn’t enough to sate you, keep an eye out as in May 2010 they began demoing tracks for a new record.