Natural Anthem are Super Fan 99's latest great discovery who took the time from their native Texas, to answer a few questions for Third Outing
3rd: Hi Jake and Daniel, thanks for you time. First question, Natural Anthem, a nod to The Postal Service? Tell us more about this new project?
Natural Anthem: It's actually a reference to Jesse Ed Davis, a really incredible guitar player and songwriter from Oklahoma - he has a song on his Keep Me Comin album called Natural Anthem that we really love. It just sort of felt like it fit with what we wanted to portray.
3rd: You've been playing together for 10 years now, gigging and travelling. Did you feel it was the right time to start something new? I imagine you gained a lot of experience in those 10 years.
NA: It was just something that we felt like we needed. The songs and ideas were flowing and they just didn't fit the mould that had been created around our previous projects. We're definitely more prepared than we were when we were just starting out and more willing to take our time to do exactly what we want to do without giving in to outside pressures. The whole idea of starting the band at the beginning was to be creative and do things that gave us some sort of emotional reaction. That's something that can be sometimes be lacking when you're feeling pressure to just make something because you've booked a tour and need new material.
3rd: I have listened to some of your tracks and I am exciting! Are you working on other songs for the EP?
NA: Yeah, the full release will be 9 tracks that are pretty diverse. They were all written and recorded in the same time frame. I think the diversity comes from us again trying to do whatever we wanted without worrying about how to label the band.
"The Stones, Beatles, Velvet Underground and Byrds are kind of touchstones"
3rd: The video for Paranoid was directed by you and Chris Skupien. How do you know him? For me, the video also states "we are American" with the stars, the eagle, Gretsch guitars for instance, am I right?
NA: Chris is a childhood friend of Jake's and he's a great videographer and all around good guy. He's helped us make videos in the past and really helped us to tie the whole thing together. The whole American thing wasn't really intentional. Chris had just looked for crazy found footage and came across this old bicentennial video that we chopped segments from. Right now Texas is hot. But we love it
3rd: I bet you do! Britain is less hot. Any plans to come to the UK?
NA: No immediate plans but we hope to!
3rd: Is there any artist, musician or author in particular that has greatly influenced your music?
NA: I don't know that we can pin it down to one band or artist. We're fans of so many people and I'm sure that seeps into whatever we do. The Stones, Beatles, Velvet Underground and Byrds are kind of touchstones but there are so many more current bands that are really inspiring.
3rd: The classics! Your favourite Texas based band?
NA: We really love The Misteries.