February 18th, 2009 14:25 EST
SOPs Battle of the Bands Featuring ANNALISE with "Here's to Hope"
Jon Curtis-guitar/vocals, Martin Edmunds-vocals, David Goodchild-bass, Adrian Stroud-drums/vocals, Martyn Stroud-guitar/vocals.
Home: Exeter, UK WEBSITE: www.annalise.co.uk
They very rarely play live or venture into a recording studio but ANNALISE`s place in the underground punk scene is assured thanks to a long term commitment to the scene`s DIY ethics and more importantly a knack of writing distinctive, memorable songs.
Formed back in 1995, the band have released numerous singles and EP`s as well as two acclaimed albums, 1999`s mod/punk crossover Our Story Goes Like This` (Pigdog Records UK) and 2001`s harder edged Versus Everything` (Pigdog Records UK/Snuffy Smile Records Japan). The band have also toured far and wide including visits to Japan, Australia and Malaysia, as well as contributing members to such UK punk luminaries as Kids Near Water, Dead Inside, Bullet Union and The Cut Ups.
After a bout of relative inactivity spent promoting shows at their very own venue The Cavern Club, watching Exeter City F.C and visiting various folk festivals, No Idea Records coaxed the band back into the studio to record a new album. The result is Here`s To Hope`. Ten new songs ruminating on the things that have been part of the bands lives over the past few years; births, deaths, marriages and punk rock.
Stealing ideas from artists as varied as Richard Thompson, The Posies and Burt Bacharach before putting them through their own punk rock blender, Annalise have returned with their finest set of songs yet. The hard work now done, it`s back to watching the cricket.
No Idea Records will be reissuing ANNALISE`s previous two albums on one CD as Annalise, Exeter, England` in early 2006.
Appearing at the Harvest of Hope Fest March 6-8th St. John`s County. For more information www.harvestofhopefest.com