In preparing for this article I bounced around to several different ideas. My idea of “perfect music” changes over time depending on what I like best at the moment. So I asked myself, should I talk about the self titled album from Of Monsters and Men? It is absolutely one of my favorites in recent memory. Or should I talk about Random Access Memories by Daft Punk? Easily my choice for the best album of last year. Or Strength to Survive by SOJA, the best modern reggae album hands down… I would love to talk about all of them (which is why I bring them up, do yourself a favor and go have a listen) but I can’t, at least not right now. So I asked myself a simple question, if you could only bring attention to one album, or one artist, who would it be? The answer, for me, is simple. Anthony Green.
No questions asked, Anthony Green. He’s a modern day Adonis, Peter Pan incarnate, a rogue angel fallen to Earth with one holy mission, to create some of the most emotional and mind-blowing music around.
We’ll start, as they say, at the beginning, or somewhere near to it. Anthony Green played in a few bands before his “career” began. His first well-known act was as the front man for Saosin. Green stayed with Saosin for only one album before they separated, but in that time he gave us a peak at the greatest untapped vocal chords since Freddie Mercury and I don’t say that lightly. Let me make my thesis plain, Anthony Green possesses the greatest voice of our generation.
In a previous life, Anthony’s voice was stolen by a sea-witch.
You don’t have to love this genre of music to appreciate what he does. Give Seven Years from Saosin’s first album Translating the Name a listen.
Green is better known for his current band Circa Survive. Circa has released four albums to date and the evolution is apparent anchored entirely by Green’s haunting vocals. Their third album, Blue Sky Noise, defined a couple of years of my life and crystallized my feelings in a very real way. That’s what good music does, it shows us that we aren’t alone, that there is someone else out there who understands what we’re feeling at the time and who has the ability to communicate those feelings more poetically than maybe you could. The third track on that album, I Felt Free, is particularly powerful but to get the full effect of Green’s vocals listen to Get Out.
During Green’s tenure with Circa Survive, he has put out two solo albums and done a number of side projects (one of which we’ll talk about in a minute) including tracks with Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Nate Ruess of FUN. Notable tracks from Green’s solo career are Dear Child, She Loves Me So, and Devil’s song, but to say those are the only notable tracks is a disservice to the album.
Lastly, I want to mention the band I alluded to earlier, The Sound of Animals Fighting. TSOAF is a super group consisting of members from several other bands including Rx Bandits, Circa Survive (of course), and Chiodos, among others. The Sound of Animals Fighting has a mysterious past and was highly experimental in their tracks. It isn’t for the uninitiated, which is to say that my Mom wasn’t a fan, but if you’ve made it this far you just might fall in love. Act III, from their first album The Tiger and Duke, remains my favorite.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tour through the music of Anthony Green, there is much more to explore so don’t stop now.