Join us for another evening of music at Sessions on the River with The AntiQs and Jessica Lajner, Friday May 30th, 2014. Jessica Lajner will start the evening off at 8pm, followed by The AntiQs at 9pm. Enjoy incredible sound only found in a recording studio, as we broadcast to the world. Tickets are $10 in Advance and $15 at the door. RSVP on this page or buy your tickets online to reserve your seat. You can buy them at the door but we can't guarantee you will get in.
Like most bands that start out, the early days of the Anti-Q’s are a blur to Nathan Dobbin.
But somewhere along the way, the patchwork group he started with his bother Ryan stopped becoming a hot new band and became local music veterans. Next year will be their 10th anniversary.
“About three or four years ago, we got tired of always going on the road, always staying up late,” says Dobbin over coffee. “When you first start, all the mundane things don’t matter. Like, ‘I don’t care that I can’t go to the movies tonight because we’re playing in Ottawa.’ Five years into it, you’re like ‘ I want to go to the movies tonight.’”
They lost their original drummer, and their last album was in 2007. No one would have been surprised had The Anti-Q’s called it a day.
Except the Dobbins weren’t ready to pull the plug. With some “life experiences” tucked away, they resumed song writing with more to talk about.
The result was two albums worth of material, but they’ve condensed it to one with Human Robots, the band’s first disc in seven years. It will be released Feb. 22 with a party at the Fallsview Hose Brigade Hall.
For the band’s faithful local fans, their sound is still the same Weezer-like pop/rock, which now sounds positively nostalgic. As Dobbin notes, The Anti-Q’s aren’t in it to be hip, they just want to play fun tunes.
“We’ve always based ourselves on a kind of Motown-ish (style),” says Dobbin, “where we’re not worried about our image or fitting into a niche. We just try to write songs that we feel have a good flow to them and a good catchiness to them.
”And us coming of age in the ’90s was huge. Historically, probably some of the best albums cover to cover.”
Dobbins has another surprising reason the Anti-Q’s are still around: They didn’t land that record deal they came within a whisker of getting shortly after they formed. Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha produced a four-song EP which caught a record label’s attention, but it didn’t pan out.
“We were just at the tail end of that record era that just doesn’t exist any more,” he says. “There are a lot of guys involved in that (era) who say, ‘I don’t know, I do the same thing and it doesn’t work any more.’ Katy Perry’s (new) record was huge, selling 140,000 units, and that’s considered big.
“But things worked out for the better. I don’t think we would have handled things as well.”