When young kids have their hearts set on a great dream, they make every effort to achieve those dreams. The ones who are truly serious never give up, regardless the almost inevitable negative feedback. The passionate kids pick their heads up and try again, altering what they had and using their new knowledge to fix themselves. As an admirer of music and supporter of beginning bands, I decided to search for the best and most driven local bands around Connecticut.
Anchors Sinks Ships is a five man band climbing onto the massive wagon that is hardcore/pop punk. The young musicians write their own music in Waterbury, CT, and have been working hard to get their name-and music-out there. On their website, they describe their sound to be “a heavy pop-punk influence, only to be followed by hard-hitting breakdowns.” Their influences include Blink 182, The Wonder Years, and one of my favorite groups of bearded men, Four Year Strong.
“Captain Ginger Kegs” musically, sounds a lot like many different bands I’ve heard combined in one. To me, what stuck out the most in this song were the smooth guitar chords, the drummer’s clashing eruption, and the explosion of lead vocalist Sean Vogel’s hard-hitting vocals. With cool, fist throwing breakdowns, this track can turn into an immediate favorite. The song was actually one that they personally enjoyed writing and recording the most.
Anchors Sinks Ships recorded their first EP “Fight For What You Live For” with local Dreamer Studios producer Jake Holzman. Trust me, if you give the EP a listen, or even “Captain Ginger Kegs,” you’ll hear what might even sound like an old A Day To Remember demo, just when they were starting up. However, Anchors Sinks Ships aims to develop a sound that is more original.
Of course, there’s always room for improvement, and that’s where the learning experience emerges. The band will nurture their sound, listen to their fans, and keep their dream alive. Hopefully, they never give up and cultivate an entire music scene. With a rapidly growing fan-base, Anchors Sinks Ships is well on their way to becoming more than what they ever imagined.
They do have a few shows in the near future, so if you’re around, check them out!
Feburary 25th at the Freight Street Gallery in Waterbury, CT
April 14th at the Cheshire Youth Center in Cheshire, CT