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A Dirty Dozen with RIGGS from ÆNLY – June 2020

| 29 June 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles metal band Ænly has released their brand new single titled “Up In Smoke” to all digital outlets. The band released their lyric video for the single on June 8th. “Up In Smoke is a depiction of ones internal anger, frustration and feeling of suffocating in the midst of a chaotic world filled with tension and uncertainty. The song touches on a lack of control in our current situation and the ability to renew our selves, bounce back and settle with our past” says the band. Ænly is a metal core band, with Heavy riffs, pounding breaks and bridges, catchy melody lines and aggressive vocals. With a positive message and outlook on current topics, sure to catch the listeners attention from the moment they hit play.” We get guitarist Riggs to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our newest single “Up In Smoke” pertains to an inner struggle that also conveys to the current status of what’s going on in the world. So that in itself is a hidden gem!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

We all have a different moments that got us into music, we think it stems from childhood, and the moment we realized it was instant!

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Our influences have inspired us in many different ways, and its a little hard to pinpoint to one instance or even one genre!

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

As a whole, it would be bands like Meshuggah, Beartooth, I Prevail, Tool, Architects, etc.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

There’d be 2.. 1 being Mårten Hagstöm of Meshuggah, and the other being Caleb Shomo of Beartooth. Both have such great grooves!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We describe our music as metal of course, but with a positive outlook and an all ways forward mentality to it. And we’ve had people say that our music reminds them of Veil of Maya’ish, so that itself is a great compliment!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I am the one cooks and gets things going, and we think Art would be the one bustin’ out the acoustic first! lol

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

We’ve all met our influences and were completely star struck. But the greatest part was that they were just like us and didn’t hold themselves higher!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Best part about being a musician is helping others out with it! Whether it being a song or sitting down and talking with them, its all good! And we all have different dream jobs, but music will never be a job, this is our passion.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

All the questions we have encountered have been very good, so we don’t really know what should be asked! lol. And we’re definitely not tired of answering any questions!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not as of yet and hopefully we make the right moves that we don’t have a single moment for a do over. Also, things happen for a reason, its what makes us all grow!

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

April 9th 1860 first recording to ever be done by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville. Just because it was the very first recording to be done in history and would like to see his process.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

Human interaction and going to live shows. But we’ll all get back to it very soon and we’re definitely looking forward to it!!





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