Irish emo-indie act Anna’s Anchor have announced a double single release that unveils the first new material since September’s debut ‘Nautical Miles’. Serving as a bridge between the prior LP and the future follow-up, the first of the two tracks, ‘You Are A Lighthouse’ is available to stream and download here.
Marty Ryan, the man behind the project, comments: “The double-sided single is both a nod to the past of Anna’s Anchor so far with a reworked version of an old favourite, and a completely new song to show the shift in direction that Anna’s Anchor is taking whilst I’m writing the second album. ‘You Are A Lighthouse’ has been one of the songs that has stuck around for the longest time. It was the most well received song off “The Islands” which was a project where over 8 weeks, I visited 8 islands off the coast of Ireland and wrote, recorded and released a song each week from that period. This song was taken from Valentia and stayed with me ever since. When we released the album in September and began to tour full band, we reworked this song into a much quicker, aggressive straight-up punk song that people seemed to really enjoy so I thought it would act as the perfect B-side to ‘Summer Camp’!”
Discussing the origin of the reimagined track, written and performed by Ryan aside from assistance on drums from Brian Scally, Marty reveals: “The song itself stemmed from an elderly gentleman that I met on the island. These places are at the edge of civilisation and a lot of people had moved away, things weren’t great there but he told me that even if he was the last person on the island, he’d struggle on regardless because it’s what he knows and loves. I think that’s an amazing mentality to have, especially for an independent musician.”
With the second instalment ‘Summer Camp’ due in the coming weeks, the release of the new material is well timed to coincide with a run of shows with Ducking Punches. Catch Anna’s Anchor On The Road:
Tour with Ducking Punches – 12/05/17 – Limerick (IRL) – Chez Le Fab | 13/05/17 – Dublin (IRL) – Workmans (Vintage Room) | 14/05/17 – Belfast (IRL) – The Sunflower
Other dates – 03/06/17 – Brno (CZ) – Stara Pekarna | 04/06/17 – Prague (CZ) – TBA | 07/07/17 – Kilkenny – Brewery Corner