A free concert will soon close out CAC’s year-long performing arts series. On Saturday, April 13 at 9 p.m. The Anatomy of Frank will visit EMU’s Mainstage Theater.
The band, hailing from Charlottesville, Va., has a unique feel blending the complexity of post-rock with a modern pop-rock feel to create a perfect candidate for the all-encompassing alternative genre.
In other words, after listening to the tracks, the music will be stuck in your head and you will feel your foot tapping to a beat in the car or your body moving to a groove in the shower.
The members, Jimmy, Chris, Kyle, Jonas, and Erik, bring a wide array of musical talents to the stage. Their music, inspired by backgrounds in rock, jazz, and marching percussion music, pushes the boundaries of the alternative genre.
Their sound stretches the echoes with the feel of modern, post-rock era bands such as the Black Keys and Mumford and Sons. Laden with vocals, guitars, drums, keys, banjos, and a variety of brass instruments, a heavy down-beat bringing forth the tentative beginnings of a head bang pushes their music forward.
In their album, “Pangaea,” the opening track, “Saturday Morning,” begins with a muted, plunking banjo and transitions into a voice sounding as if it’s coming from within a closed, glass room. The predictable thing to do, then, would be to bring the vocals out of the shell, dump the banjo, and burst forth with a raining voice accompanied by brass.
Instead, the brass enters slowly with a big-band, quirky feel that keeps the beat chugging along. The voice slowly comes out of its glass room, and then a transition to a funky bridge with muted brass instruments enters, all the while the banjo continues its steady plunking. Their lyrics cover a multitude of issues, namely the typical modern band topics. Love enters their songs frequently, but in a way that makes you think about the words said. It is not a shallow love that you would find in many pop songs.
And when the lyrics address other issues, they’re guaranteed to make you stop and think about what you could or couldn’t be doing. Their lyrics are strong, but not overbearing. They don’t tell you to do something. Rather, they suggest you try something new.