London based rock band, Anavae have had an incredible ride so far since their conception back in 2011. In just over a year, the duo, comprising of Rebecca Need-Menear and Jamie Finch, has been featured in Kerrang amongst other publications, supported There For Tomorrow and Kids In Glass House, and signed a deal with LAB Records. Having racked up over 400,000 cumulative views for their tracks such as ‘World In A Bottle’ and ‘Storm Chaser’, the band are now gearing up to release their EP ‘Dimensions‘ on November 10th. With the video for lead single ‘Anti-Faith’ already earning thousands of views on YouTube, I got in touch with the alternative rock act to discuss the enigmatic single, and more…
Some people have debated whether Anti-Faith is an atheist song, or that it could be against the idea of ‘blind faith’ in organised religion. But what is Anti-Faith about?
Not only is the track about fighting against blind faith and ignorance, it’s also about self-expression and identity. It’s very much about finding drive, power and reason through yourself rather than through deities who may or may not exist. We are atheists, but we wouldn’t describe ‘Anti-Faith’ as an atheist song. We’re merely encouraging believers and none believers to truly question their faith. We’re suckers for sci-fi film and imagery so it was so important to have a team involved, who had similar passions. Duncan from Lab Exposure definitely nailed it and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to work with.
Was there a main concept or particular message behind the EP ‘Dimensions‘ ?
Each song on the Dimensions EP explores a very different idea. We don’t like to follow an exact theme throughout, as we like to experiment and explore. The structure seen on the cover art and in our latest video ‘Anti-Faith’ is the gateway to alternate realities.
Do you devise your own cover art? If so, do you think it helps express your message or identity as a band?
Rebecca: Yes most definitely. Creating and shooting the cover art feels like very much a part of the process. It just wouldn’t feel like ours if we left it in the hands of someone else. Carefully devising, conceptualising and actually creating everything in the package feels extremely fulfilling.
The thing that sets Anavae apart to is that your songs aren’t obvious, and take a little analysing to understand. Do you intentionally keep a bit of mystery to your lyrics so that fans have to speculate your exact meaning?
Rebecca: I think being able to draw out different meanings and connections in order to suit the listener is very important, but it’s not what I set out to do. The majority of our songs are written at 2am or in states of heightened emotion, so they are extremely personal to me. It’s a way of saying all the things that I don’t get to say, or are unable to say.
Finally, feedback so far has appeared extremely positive. How does it feel to receive praise at this stage, and does it make you excited for your next step?
Jamie: It’s amazing. It’s definitely a large part of what keeps us going! Seeing that people are getting excited about future releases and care about what the songs are about is probably the best part of being a band.
Pre-order ‘Dimensions’ EP today on iTunes
Main Feature Image Credit: Chris Clough Photography
Written by India Thomas