The Anderson Council – The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon (Q&A)
The Anderson Council’s ‘The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon‘ will be released 19 May 2023. The fantastic first single ‘Alone With You’ already saw the light of day last week.
Peter Horvath talks about the making of the new album.
How did this record come together?
I started writing with my friend Michael Temkin in late 2019, and by mid-2020, we had a bunch of new songs. Oh, and I had to find replacements for half of the band… Oh, and covid… In any case, the new lineup was learning the new songs by the autumn of 2020, and we started recording in March of 2021…
What was the moment you knew you were on to something?
When we wrote what became the title track of the record (Tarot Toronto), I knew it was all coming together. I think every song I write sounds like a song that The Anderson Council would/should/could play, but that song really sounded like US.
When did you decide to start asking for opinions on the new songs?
I don’t really ask for opinions on the new songs. I ask if the band likes the songs, and I may stop rehearsing them if the band doesn’t really care for them, but usually, we know by the second or third time we play a song if it’s going to work.
The meaning of success has changed over the years. What would success look like for the new record?
If people watch the videos, come to the shows, and put us on year-end lists, that would be great.
Of course, I’d love to sell records too, but I know the reality of that… I hope we get a million streams.
That seems more attainable…
As an artist, you choose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?
For a person who really doesn’t talk to people very easily, I somehow chose to be a front person and songwriter in a rock band… What was I thinking??? I always find out what my songs are about from other people’s impressions of what they think they’re about. I don’t know if there are other emotions at work there as well, but maybe? Maybe I don’t have to show my emotions in that case!
You can pick 3 co-writers to write new songs with. Who? … and Why?
We have never written a song as a band, so I will choose the other guys in the band for that answer. I wonder what we’d come up with?
What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?
Opening for The Zombies was pretty darn cool. Playing on a big stage is nice, and it appears we are suited to it!
How do you decide when a song is finished and ready to be recorded?
We tend to develop the song even after it’s recorded, so on the way in to the studio, as long as our parts are solid, that’s good enough for me!
How do you balance experimentation with commercial appeal in your music?
I feel like all of our songs have hooks galore, so there’s your commercial appeal. I feel like all of our songs have some quirky bit in them that could be considered “experimental”, because I have to feed my personal need to do fun things within the framework of a pop song.
When was the last time you thought ‘I just wrote a hit!’?
Most times I/we write something! With enough promo, most songs could be hits!
Cassettes are back. Which 5 five songs would make your first mixtape?
I tend to listen to full albums…
Playing music in front of a crowd. What’s all the fun about?
I think when folks say, “damn, they were loud, but damn, it was a good loud,” then they get it. Few people dance at our shows, but they tend to pay attention!
If you could tour the world with two other bands, who would you ask, and why?
Any band that would want us to open for them would be great. I’m not cool enough to pick them! That said, I’d enjoy a JEM Records package tour immensely!
What compliment you once received will you never forget?
Don Coffey Jr. from Superdrag told me, “Your songs have more hooks than a tackle box…”
Those magical moments when you’re working in the studio. Which moment was the most magical?
I feel like when we hit upon a really cool overdub, that’s a fun and potentially magical thing. I also feel like when I write a song at the last minute, and we record it, that’s a good feeling. This happened to be the case with Magical…
What place do you occupy in the music industry?
A lowly one, but still we go on…
The record is done, the music is out. Is the best fun done now or is it just beginning?
One must promote! Of course, we’re over 20 songs in toward the next record, so we must also rehearse!
What’s up for the next couple of months?
Shows, press, making videos, lather, rinse, repeat…
‘Alone With You’ has been added to the Best Power Pop of 2023 Spotify playlist.