Anakdota is a progressive rock band from Israel who this year came up with the release of their debut album titled “Overloading.” The band admits that they make “highly intensive, ears demanding and jaws breaking music.” Pianist Erez Aviram spoke with us about the meaning behind the band’s name, the writing process, “Overloading”, and more.
What made you go for the name Anakdota?
Lots of brainstorming, we searched for a name to describe our music. By definition, an anecdote (Anekdota in Hebrew) is a tale which usually contains a comic twist or a message. We added our own comic punch line in the name itself, we misspelled the word so it shows “Anakdota”.
How do you usually describe your music?
Our music is like a really fast japanese super high tech train driving through beautiful enormous fields of tulips.
What is your writing process like?
Painfully slow. Satisfying though. Usually Erez Aviram (Piano guy) writes all the material including the arrangement but the parts are given new life by Guy Bernfeld (Bass) and Yogev Gabay (Drums) and they add their own ideas to the mix. Then we press “Randomise” in Cubase and hope for the best.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
Daily life, lots of stuff going on every single day. Emotions and thoughts which you never seem to notice too much, but they exist and present all the time. So that’s my inspiration mainly.
What is your favourite piece on the “Overloading” album?
We all have different favourite tracks, but mine (Erez Aviram) would have to be track no’ 4 “Mourning”. It’s a soft ballade sung by Ayala Fossfeld and she really does a great job delivering these painful lyrics, it moves me each and every time I listen to it.
What makes “Overloading” different?
Different from what? I believe it is new and that it was never done before, mainly because it’s us and we’ve never existed before. Sure, we’re influenced by lots of music, old and the new, but I can assure you that this album is something you’d want to listen to at least a couple of times just to understand it and really let it get inside you.
What should music lovers expect from “Overloading”?
Nothing and everything. Expectations ruin everything, it’s better you’d be surprised.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
All the emotions they want to have but I think everyone would like to discover new feelings and sensations they never had before. I strongly believe music has the power to do so.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
Never went on tour so life in the studio for me!
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
An album with a toothpaste, an album with a sleeping bag and an album with a satellite phone.