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The Anderson Council / Press

“As I’d said previously, when this album and signing was announced, if it wasn’t obvious that The Anderson Council has been one of New Jersey’s best kept secrets, well now, it won’t be… This band, who has been around since 1999 with their deliciously crisp modern take on classic mid-’60’s psychedelic pop and late ’70’s Mod has now signed to Marty Scott’s legendary Jem Records label and Assorted Colours is the first fruit of this new partnership. It’s a “primer” of several previously released tracks from their first three albums plus some new tracks for good measure. The new tracks have been produced by another New Jersey neo-beat-legend, Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds and together, they’ve fashioned this (incredibly) fine collection of songs. Meaty and bouncy, “Sitting On A Cloud” is ripe with 12-string Rickenbackers, harmonies, perfect pop structure and sends you into a nostalgia trip of how/when bands knew how to craft songs – and thankfully, that’s”

“Keith Klingensmith & co at Futureman Records have put together one of the best power pop tribute albums I've heard, and given how long Sloan's been out there I'm kind of surprised it took until 2016 to get one. What makes Sloan such a great band for this kind of compilation is that they're the rare band that has four legitimate singer-songwriters. Specifically, you have the 70s AM radio pop of Jay Ferguson, the traditional Shoes-style power pop of Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland's classic/hard rock-influenced tunes, and the Pink Floyd-esque art-pop of Andrew Scott. So that gives the contributors some extremely fertile ground to draw from, and the results here are pretty great. Other standouts include The Anderson Council's take on Pentland's great rocker "Iggy & Angus" and Andy Reed's fine reading of Murphy's "I Love a Long Goodbye" from the underrated Pretty Together.”

“The Anderson Council – “Listening Party!” (The Sinclair Recording Company) More hard-edged pop-rock from the right coast, this one an EP that features three well-originals and three covers. The originals are slightly psychedelic, nicely angular, and mid-tempo and rockin’, respectively. The well-chosen covers include a slightly psychedelic’ “My Friend Jack” (The Smoke), the nicely angular “And Through the Wire” (P. Gabriel) and the mid-tempo and rockin’ “Joining a Fanclub” (Jellyfish). The band’s 2012 full-length, Looking at the Stars, is also well worth investigating; hopefully another long-player will be coming in the not-too-distant future. Grade: B”

“The Anderson Council “Listening Party” EP Peter Horvath and team had a good idea with Listening Party, as it would feature each of its band members recording an original single and then a favorite cover song. Opening with Christopher Ryan’s “Questions About Animals” it sounds almost nothing like a Council song, and feels heavily influenced by Jason Falkner. More familiar styling is heard on “Almost Anything” and “Yeah,” and they are real good songs too. As for the covers, they are deep cuts that are not immediately familiar save one. First is a dense, less psychedelic version of The Smoke’s “My Friend Jack” and then the obscure Peter Gabriel song “And Through The Wire.” A cover of Jellyfish’s “Joining A Fan Club” has plenty of raw power and enthusiasm, although Peter strains to sing those high notes. Fans will enjoy this one, so check it out.”

“While New Brunswick's ageless Anderson Council readies it's fourth LP, they've treated fans to this EP, with three originals and three obscure (to me) covers. If you've somehow missed this band over the last 15 years or so, Anderson Council creates rock 'n' roll influenced by the Mods, early psychedelia, and American garage rock. If, like me, you think Sell Out was the last good Who album and you prefer the Jam over Style Council, or if Syd Barrett burns brighter in your personal Pantheon than Sid Vicious, then you'll love these six tracks. My personal favorite is guitarist David Whitehead's "Almost Anything," with its soulful power chords and hooky chorus. The covers (of the Smoke, Peter Gabriel, and Jellyfish) let the Council put their personal stamp on these songs, with the trippy "Joining A Fan Club" standing out for its catchiness and wit. You can never go wrong with this band, and be sure to watch for their upcoming full-length, the first with new bassist Christopher Rousseau.”

“Various Artists “Beyond Belief — A Tribute to Elvis Costello” [Spyder Pop Records] Good to save the best for last.”Beyond Belief — A Tribute to Elvis Costello” is a 3-CD walloping celebration of one of the most beloved power pop virtuosos the music world has ever experienced. There are a few duds on every tribute comp but there are plenty renditions to like on this one: Gail George‘s Aimee Mann-feel of “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror” charms wonderfully; the Popdudes’ take of “Kinder Murder,” Walter Clevenger‘s “Uncomplicated” and Hans Rotenberry‘s “Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution)” bring edgier rock to three of Costello’s lesser known gems; the pop fluency of Parallax Project’s “New Amsterdam” has a perfect flow; The Anderson Council‘s ska-punk shuffle of “Strict Time” stuns;”

“In the liner notes of this latest full length effort, Anderson Council thanks the folks at Maxwells as well as “Local 506, The Garage, and all our compatriots in North Carolina…” I’m not sure the band’s connection to NC but I remember seeing them at Maxwell’s on a bill that included two bands that made a bigger impression on me, Copperpot and Evelyn Forever. That was 2001 if memory serves and while those two talented bands have disappeared into the rock & roll abyss, Anderson Council is better than ever. Equal parts The Move, Smithereens, and Kinks, Anderson Council has raised their game BIG TIME with Looking At the Stars. “Don’t You Think” is as catchy a number I can remember hearing in a long time. The piano in “Hazel Eyes” makes this one a definite keeper. But my favorite cuts here are “Disbelief”, having the feel of an XTC number with it’s jagged structure and “Gardening Man”, a great psyche pop number that would have fit well on a Move or Floyd reco”

“As one-half of alt-pop stalwarts the Windbreakers and during his artistically and critically successful solo career, singer/guitarist Bobby Sutliff has been responsible for some outstanding tunes over the course of his 25+ year career. The recently-released tribute disc, Skrang: Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff, was actually borne out of a potentially tragic situation: Bobby was involved in a very serious auto wreck near his Ohio home .His partner in the Windbreakers, Tim Lee, decided to organize the trib to “…raise a few bucks to help Bobby get back on his feet, lift his spirits during a long recovery, and just be a cool thing to hear.” Fortunately, Bobby’s condition has markedly improved, so the collection can now happily be seen as a fitting tribute to a man whose lovely jangle-pop tunes are some of the finest the genre has seen. The 18-track Skrang has plenty of high points, including the Anderson Council’s rocked up version of “Griffin Bay,””

“There are few bands better today at mining the classic Brit-power-pop sound than THE ANDERSON COUNCIL. The fact that they are from right here in NJ and not Britain is irrelevant. One listen to their latest album, “LOOKING AT THE STARS”, and you won’t need to ask why. Which is why you should quit reading this review and go listen to it now at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theandersoncouncil. If you need more description, here it is: the guitar hooks, the backbeat, the harmoniously catchy vocals, all blend together to make this albums feel like a sunny, refreshing spring day, even though I am listening to this album on a cold, rainy day. Now quit reading and go listen for yourself!”

“The Anderson Council chose a pretty clever band name even if its psychedelic significance isn’t readily apparent to the average rock fan. Whereas Pink Floyd took the first names of blues artists Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, Anderson Council combined the last names. On their 2001 debut, Coloursound, the New Jersey band dove headfirst into the U.K.’s mind-bending pop scene of the mid-1960s. The opening track, “Sitting On A Cloud,” sets the album’s adventurous course as lead vocalist-guitarist and chief songwriter Peter Horvath spins lyrics like, “The birds in the sky can’t get as high as you do/When you put your mind to flying.” The Pink Floyd influence is particularly evident on the mid-tempo “Blackboard Of Your Mind” and Syd Barrett type acoustic tune, “Red Chalk Hill.” Other British artists also spring to mind; Horvath channels Bowie on “Feet Of The Guru,” the harmonies on “Hole In The Sky” are like The Hollies; and “Never Stop Being ‘67” has ”

“THE ANDERSON COUNCIL - Looking At The Stars (Sinclair Recording Co. reverbnation.com/theandersoncouncil) The Anderson Council may be as Jersey as you can get - lead singer Pete Horvath has been playing in New Brunswick bands for almost as long as I can remember - but the uninitiated listener would be forgiven for thinking they're as British as a pair of knickers. Horvath, bassist Rob Farrell, drummer Christopher Ryan, and guitarist David Whitehead launch a one-band British invasion with this disc, gleefully pillaging from decades of UK pop, from 60's Beatlemania and early psychedelia to the 70's Mods to 00's Britpop. Oh, and don't forget the Kinks, including the uber-catchy leadoff track, "Don't You Think." There are echoes of the Jam, Beatlesque music-hall pop, and on big, bold pop numbers like "First of November" and "Watch You Sleeping," the Anderson Council even sound a bit like their Jersey forebears, the Smithereens. Farrell's "Gardening Man" could be a Syd-era Floyd outtake.”

“Exuberant 1960s British psyche pop... from New Jersey This Jersey-based foursome made its name out of Syd Barrett left-overs (his band took the front half of bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council’s handles), and its aesthetic out of mod-boy, 1960s garage ephemera. Still their take on Nuggets-era psyche pop is so fresh, so happy, so god-damned fun to listen to that you can’t fault them. It’s not like they’ve copied the Zombies, the Monkees, the Flaming Groovies… more like they drank the same purple and orange kool-aid. This second full-length is pure joy from start to finish, whether you favor the Who-redolent tom and guitar intro of “Beautiful,” the Costello-ish swagger of “Looking at Louth”, or the wonderfully excessive mid-1970s guitar solo that splits poppy “Strawberry Smell” right in the middle. Myself, I’m partial to wah wah, so it’s the dreamy, drowsy furze of “Archie’s Theme” that pulls me in, and wrecks me on its UK-strutting razor sharp ”