Originally published in ‘zine issue #8, 1993
Anacrusis from St. Louis has a new album out on Metal Blade Records called Screams and Whispers. The alternative/metal band has a lot of melody and complexity. Here Vaughn Currier talks to guitarist Kevin Heidbreder.
D.U.: Any plans to make a video or two for the new songs?
Kevin: Actually, we just got done shooting the first video, for a song called “Sound the Alarm.”
How do you see things for our country under the Clinton administration? Better, worse, or the same as the Bush years overall, do you think?
I think that something is gonna have to go long term before we see anything. I think it’s a little bit too soon to make any judgements of anybody. Y’know, I think that the guy’s got just as good a chance as anybody to do a decent job.
Seems that music is getting stagnant. How do you feel about this?
Actually, I tend to think that things are growing quite a bit as far as audience goes. People are opening up to a lot of things that they wouldn’t normally listen to two or three years ago. I think that’s real promising.
Do you as individuals try to take on any social issues?
I think personally, and especially as far as the music goes, that we just try to write about emotional-type things, and how things around us affect us personally and emotionally. So that’s kind of what we concentrate on.
Do you think that the metal crowd is less politically aware than the hardcore crowd?
I don’t think so. I mean, I think that either you know or you don’t know, and I don’t think it has anything to do with the type of music that you listen to.
Sort of depends on the individual, then.
Yeah, I really think so.
Anyone in the band vegetarian or vegan?
Anything else you would like to add?
I’d just like to tell everybody to keep an open mind when listening to this record or any other record. Um, I think it’s really, really important that people be really open minded. And just try to keep a perspective on everything. ■