“From the second we started planning and then from the moment we started writing, I knew it was going to work,” says Kendall Meade, one half of the indie-rock duo ANDERS & KENDALL. A&K will release their debut LP WILD CHORUS on February 19, 2013 via Nine Mile Records. As a taste of what’s to come, American Songwriter premieres the new video to “We’re On Fire, Babe” here: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/12/video-premiere-anders-kendall-were-on-fire-babe/
Though they had been friends and collaborators since the ’90s, Anders Parker and Kendall Meade never released a full-length together until now. In the past, Anders headed celebrated experimental indie-rock band Varnaline and released a handful of solo records both under his own name and as half of Gob Iron with Jay Farrar. Most recently, he collaborated with Farrar, Jim James and Will Johnson on the Woody Guthrie project New Multitudes. Meanwhile, Kendall kept a hefty profile at the helm of equally seminal Mascott, in addition to contributing to Sparklehorse, Lloyd Cole, Helium and The Spinanes. Last winter, Anders dared Kendall to work with him on a record, and she took the challenge and booked a ticket to his home in Burlington, Vermont. “I had never really successfully co-written with anyone before, but the whole process was fun and intense and interesting,” explains Anders. “Kendall is a dear friend and we work together real well. And we’re both good at telling the other person what to do!”
With Scott Minor (who had played with Kendall in Sparklehorse) in the producer’s chair, they recorded the new LP in Knoxville, Tennessee this Spring at Minor’s analog studio Wild Chorus, then named this album after that room as a tribute. From the breezy folk-pop of “City of Greats” to the reverbed-drenched ambience of “Oh Love” to the dusty groove of “We’re On Fire, Babe”, Wild Chorus is a seamless blend of their respective styles – an interplay of folk, pop and indie rock held together by Anders’ dry, emotional vocals and Kendall’s warm and supple alto.
“From the moment we pressed ‘go’ on the project, it had this natural momentum that was pretty undeniable,” says Kendall. “I knew we were in the right place at the right time. Plus, I just like hanging out with him.”
“The songs came easy,” Anders concludes, noting their natural musical chemistry. “I think they might have fallen off a truck on the highway. I just picked them up and we cleaned them up together.”