Anchored - Texas has been known to breed some of the loudest and hard-rockin’ bands this side of Dallas and this new gang of five are definitely no exception. Straight out of the saloons and strip clubs comes ANCHORED, a hard-edged rock unit that packs as much pop as their punch when they unleash their brand of “Dirty Texas Rock”. Crossing the tainted lines between Shinedown, Nickelback and Stone Temple Pilots, these Dallas transplants will be bringing their Southern noise to the masses in 2010 and everybody is invited.
Formed in the spring of 2009 as a new project by ex-Advent singer Brandan Narrell whose chance meeting with guitarist B.G. Simpson (formally of South Florida alternative rockers Waking Season) sparked a friendship and partnership after being introduced by Splender leader Waymon Boone. Joining the tandem is drummer Matty Clark, who previously held down drum duties for the Sacramento, CA band Bidwell, current Faktion guitarist Josh Franklin handling the bass duties, and ex-Venture guitarist Joel Estes rounding out the quintet on guitars. As all the members garnered moderate success with their post-Anchored outfit, their previous experiences honing their collective craft as musicians have them poised to interrupt the current climate of active rock for some time to come.
Front man Brandan was originally recommended by the legendary ex-Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, to audition for the singer vacancy in Drowning Pool shortly after singer Dave Williams had passed away while Waking Season and Faktion were all touring the country around the same time in the mid-2000s on national tours in support of the likes of Papa Roach, Hinder and Seether. There is something to be said about the level of talent that comprises the newly-formed Anchored. Luckily for rock fans in the lone-star state and across the country, these seasoned rock veterans found each other and just wrapped up a national tour with Saliva in support of their debut album, that will be released in May 2010. Anchored also just played in Houston for modern rock station 94.5 The Buzz’s annual Buzzfest, whose line-up festivities also includes 30 Seconds To Mars, Three Days Grace, Seether, the mighty Deftones, and the reunited Limp Bizkit to name a few. Not a terrible way for the boys of Anchored to get their boots a little dirty by any means.
Speaking of dirty, Anchored’s first single “Dirty In Texas (D.I.T.)” has already generated buzz at local Texas rock radio outlets and will soon be released nationwide on rock radio this Spring. Also on the horizon will be the release of forthcoming Anchored album “Listen to This!” with a dynamic range from anthemic rockers like the ode to Texas “Dirty…” as well as catchy and melodic second single, “Last Night.” Get ready for a rockin’ hangover as the Anchored boys will be crashing any and all parties in sight for 2010 and beyond.