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“We had been evolving since March of last year, recording new songs at the end of our first album and even right after it came out,” Born Anchors vocalist and songwriter Jason Parker says of their artistically developed new full-length "Colorize the Grey." “The change was real growth and not a decision.
Born Anchors had been storming the major clubs and noteworthy regional events, doing a lot of shows -- and started noticing things about their sound. "We became more comfortable with our roles as players in the band,” Parker says. The fast and distorted aesthetic of Born Anchors' earlier work was giving way to new, very clean tones and interlocking landscapes of sound. “We slowed things down and found the song beneath all the noise. I sang as if we didn’t have all the amps and I could be heard naturally.
With drummer Justin Martinez and guitarist Gregory Marlor, Parker wrote the new album “with a sound that we felt was bigger than a genre or scene.”
Much of this had to do with the differences in Parker’s life. “I was in a much better place for the new album,” he says. “I was feeling very positive from where I was writing from and it's reflected in how we paced the new material -- adding acoustic playing and keyboards and loops for texture. We found ourselves eventually creating on a much bigger canvas."
The band developed "Colorize the Grey" over the past year, creating atmosphere for Parker's new moods out of a shared love for emotionally expansive rock accessible to everyone.
"Not just the musical elite," he says. "We're trying to create songs not genre-based, able to be enjoyed by anyone into music, not just people in a scene. He acknowledges that he always writes from what he feels though, and "if my girlfriend leaves me or my parents die, who knows, maybe the next record will be Goth industrial!"
But the result of personal happiness and open experimentation in "Colorize the Grey" shows a band that has evolved -- to the point that they may be the next group to encourage everyone to share in the next universal big pop moment.