Jan 2, 2012

Anodine - trip-rock artists from Germany (E100)

About: Anodine, an excellent band from Düsseldorf.

"Anodine is the musical child of song writer, guitarist and vocalist Patrick Heyer and resembles the conceptional result of perennial efforts to create a modern rock sound, that can be best described as a fusion of trip-hop, alternative rock and nu-metal. Source of inspiration and often subject of the songs are experiences and introspections beyond ordinary reality.
At the end of 2011, bass player André Kaysers, drummer Thomas Merkle and guitarist Rumen Iliev joined to represent Anodine as a band."

1. How did you choose the name for your band? Was it an easy process? Were there any arguments between band members?
I had been working under the pseudonym "Anodine" for some time, so it was a reasonable step to keep it and no one actually questioned that after I showed them my razor sharp samurai sword. ;) Anodine is a contraction of anodyne and anode, which represents the spiritual and electrical side of the music. It also sounds a bit female.
I like to play with that. My first choice was "Anodyne", but that was already taken in some ways.
Now I think "Anodine" is the better choice anyway. In French, it also means "harmless". Great, right?

2. Tell us in one word why you create music?
I think music is the most emotional form of expression, apart from cinema maybe, which is the combination of several forms of art. You might look at a painting, but what you hear is what determines, how you perceive it. Music is stronger than vision and even words and reason. It directly talks to the soul. It makes you feel. That's my medium of choice. I guess that was more than one word. Sorry.

3. What is your biggest achievement of 2011 as an artist?
For me, experiencing what the songs feel like being played with a band. I had to smile quite a lot when I noticed I got to the "special place", being part of the music. Recording and listening is one thing, but playing it live is being the thing itself, together with other people in one harmonic entity. It flows through you, makes you part of something more than youself.

4. Is there a story behind your song "Hidden Places"?
Yes, it tells about my adventures I had in lucid dreams, during many out-of-body experiences and... well, with other ways to travel. It also tells about the saturation I feel towards it. I've seen so many strange things, that nothing seems rather extraordinary any more. There's a small drop of bitterness in it.
The first OBE may be a revelation, at the tenth, there could be nothing more fascinating, but what about after a hundred and more? And what significance does ordinary life pose among all those other worlds. Sounds silly, doesn't it? You could consider it some kind of nostalgic homesickness from someone who couldn't be further away.

5. What do you think of episode 100? Which of the other featured songs do you like the most?
Frankly, I didn't have the time to take a look at it yet. I'm working on new material for Anodine and did some recordings for Pain Before Silence, who is publishing a new EP at the beginning of 2012.
I rarely listen to other people's music, not because I don't like it, but I'm just too engulfed in my own work.

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Listen to "Hidden Places" in ArenaCast E100
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