Anodes lives and breathes post-hardcore, bringing together throaty screams with lush songwriting to create beautiful, hard-hitting results. After hitting the streets a little under one year ago, the band immediately traveled outward and spread its screamo seed through consistent DIY touring. Anodes recently returned from a nine show trek that took them through the Midwest to push their latest LP, which was released through St. Louis based label Static Circuit Records.
The new record feels articulate and loud, without sounding boastful and overblown. Sean Survant and AJ Hofstetter share duality with guitar and vocals, tearing through purposeful lyrics and melody with urgency. Drummer Casey Oliver shows strong jazz roots in his approach to the kit, while Katie Brown provides a punchy wall of bass guitar. You can hear all these sounds over at the band's Bandcamp page.
We wrangled the wild AJ Hofstetter and interrogated him for hours. The man had an iron will. What we were able to discern from our brief time with the guitar viking has been transcribed for your reading pleasure.
RFT Music: Did Anodes partake in special preparations for this tour? Any rituals to speak of?
Hofstetter: We packed kinda light for this tour because it was us and Regret, the Informer both riding in their fifteen passenger van. Both bands also shared gear for all the shows. This actually worked out really well and helped eliminate down time in between both our sets each night.
Tell us about your culinary conquests. What was the common diet for this journey?
As far as food I was just trying to eat cheap. There were a couple of stops in diners that were pretty good. Everyone seemed to be into cheese except Adam. Him and some other people went to vegan places for food.
What did your merch table look like?
For merch we had shirts, records, CD's, and stickers.
Playing favorites can be hard. Which shows really stuck with you the next day?
It's hard to say because I feel like we got to see some really amazing bands everywhere we went on this tour. Milwaukee was pretty awesome. Getting to see Alta play was absolutely amazing.
Tell us about the bands we should be looking out for! Who did you play with, and how much did they rule?