OB: Anxiety Switch has some great foundations of music for inspiration (Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Judas Priest and of course the Beatles). How would you best describe your sound to those who have not yet heard you?
Alberto: EPIC PWNAGE!
Artavius: The sound consists of powerful in-your-face melodies and solid musicianship coming together for a totally original sound.
Christian: We have a really wide range of influences, from Queen to Iron Maiden to Silversun Pickups, and our music shows that. We mix modern rock with metal, shoegaze, art rock and indie. We’re not afraid to put bits and pieces of different genres in our music and we’re not afraid to experiment. Our sound is easily accessible to the mainstream while maintaining our originality – everyone can find something familiar and something fresh at the same time in our music.
OB: Artavius (bass player) is the newest member of the band. How did you guys come together?
Artavius: It’s actually pretty funny how it all started. When I first met Christian, I thought he was the biggest jerk I’d ever met and never thought we’d be in a band together. But his girlfriend said she’d make out with me if I did so I joined. And the rest is just history.
Christian: Actually, he just kinda showed up. He was actually our original rhythm guitarist, but after our bassist left he picked up the bass for a show and found he liked it more than he liked playing guitar, so he stuck with it.
OB: You guys recently participated in the Orlando’s Next Big Thing battle of the bands showcase. How was the experience?
Christian: It was a lot of fun – it was our first real show in 2 years with this line-up, and to play our first show at such an amazing venue like the Haven was definitely an honor. We got beat out by one point, but, hey, it was a great learning experience. And it definitely opened up quite a few doors for us.
OB: Are there any particular Orlando artists you enjoy playing with on stage? Or, would like to play with?
Alberto: We’re really into what SoulSwitch is doing at the moment. We’re also pretty good friends with Anyone’s Guess and would love to share the stage with them sometime soon.
Artavius: I really enjoyed playing with Big Bang Radio – they might not be FROM Orlando, but they play here from time to time and it’s always an awesome show.
Christian: Oh man, there’s a ton. Anyone’s Guess, Forever From Now, SMB Project, Last Human Alive, The Dropa Stone – the local scene is full of great bands we’d love to share the stage with. I think the most fun we’ve had so far was with Lucky Southern Devils and Big Bang Radio.
OB: Anxiety Switch has some great music on your Myspace, where do you do most of your recording?
Christian: We do most of our recording in my living room. Just a Beta 52, a few SM57’s and 58’s and some cheap MXL condensers, and I do all of the mixing and such. Since the beginning we’ve just laid down the drum tracks and overdubbed everything, but we’re a lot tighter live, so we’re planning on moving into Berto’s living room for a session and recording everything live, see how that works out for us.
OB: Speaking of music online, there are a couple of new songs up, how do you guys go about putting together new music?
Alberto: We just start playing music and hope to God that nobody’s already written it.
Artavius: Usually Christian will start playing some riff, Berto will come in, and I try and figure out what the hell Christian’s doing, and then I try and figure out what the hell I’m gonna do.
Christian: Yeah, I usually just come up with some riffs and everyone tries to figure out what to do with it. Or the other way around. We just jam over and over, changing little things here and there until we have a structure that we like. And we always start with the music – lyrics have always come afterwards so far.
OB: Do bald metalheads wash their scalps with soap or shampoo?
Alberto: With soap, obviously. Do they get to use conditioner?
Artavius: With both – the soap to clean it up a little bit and the shampoo to give it that delightful aroma.
Christian: Neither. Metalheads don’t bathe.
OB: Any plans for studio time in the near future?
Christian: Very very soon. We have quite a few newer songs that have yet to be recorded, and some that we’re still working on. We’re hoping to release what we have so far as an EP by mid-September and then a full-length album by late October, early November. Having our own equipment and space allows us to be able to work quickly.
OB: Artavius had an interesting answer on his bio concerning the most important life lesson, his answer being,”stay away from crazy chicks”. Is there a back story on this answer?
Alberto: ‘Cuz bitches be crazy!
Artavius: Let’s just say it started with a chick, a donkey, rope, and some glue. And it ended with a black man in a lot of pain.
OB: Where can we find Anxiety Switch music?
Christian: Everywhere – we’re intent on total world domination. We also wanna see everyone out there for the Gorilla Battle of the Bands at the AKA Lounge on October 17th!!!!!
But if you wanna find it now, you can always check out our MySpace, Reverb Nation, or Last.fm profiles.