Anakin’s Random Accessed Memories is a stunning, lost-in-space love letter that swells and blooms, while simultaneously rocking balls. The band immediately introduces to the listener what’s in store; multiple layers of pile driving power chords perfectly paired with a driven, directive rhythm section. It’s a simple, pure, and heartfelt journey from the start. The band is clearly on a mission with this album, as it travels at light speed across soundscapes that are so patient and introspective; so perfectly punctuated. Random Accessed Memories is a heavy, yet delicate piece of work.
Anakin’s sophomore release Emergency Broadcast System showcases the band’s overall aesthetic as it is wrought with space imagery and layered with dreamy vocals amidst crunchy guitars, deliberate percussion and ample, Rentals-esque synthesizers. The band effortlessly broadens their fuzz-laden horizons while staying tethered to a core, droning guitar/synth drowning pool with this release. While sounding every bit like the petulant kid brother to Weezer and Hum, Anakin have managed to craft their own unique soundscape that would make their teen idols proud.
Anakin's Celestial Frequency Shifter is an optimistic and honest creation. While the album plays on the San Diego quartet's real-life experiences, it’s abstract approach is by design. In a vast universe full of unknowns, the band's positive outlook on life, accompanied by their obsession with outer space and the great beyond, are intended to present hope to those who need it... wherever they may be. As the unique album title suggests, when we seek to discover our individual purpose on this Earth, sometimes a subtle mental shift can help us unlock the secrets of who we really are.
Anakin’s Radio Transmission Failure is the record the band always wanted to make - and one that didn’t come easy. A true test of perseverance, the album title points to overcoming adversity and bravely facing the future. Each song shares a story - an arm out-stretched seeking connection; a therapy session for the writer and those who will listen. And while lyrically, Radio Transmission Failure is Anakin’s heaviest album to date, it’s also their most pop-oriented — all the while giving you a full-dose of the spaced-out fuzz-rock you’ve come to expect and anticipate with this incredible band.