Having just released their debut album The Kosmokrator, Anomos detail a bit more about the people that make up the band…
Cal, Dave and Tam are from Edinburgh and Rob is from Leeds. Hence why he’s the bass player.
How did you meet?
The band originally met and formed at The Black Bull Tavern, responding to ads on a
sex fetish music page.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Almost ten years give or take but originally under a different name.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Anomos is apparently the Greek word for “thief” but ironically we didn’t steal the name from anyone. Also, none of us are Greek.
What are your influences?
From the mainstream stuff like Metallica, Pantera, Lamb of God, Meshuggah to more prog influences like Gojira and Between the Buried and Me. Definitely not Kvlt.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We’re a bit of a mixed bag which is why people struggle to put us into a genre. There’s elements of melodic death metal in there but there’s also a heavy groove infusion to it. Plus we like weird time signatures and off-beats which gives us a bit of a prog styling as well.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Not really. There’s a lot of dark sci-fi/fantasy stuff in there but at the same time, our newest song is about a cat.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
High energy but not mental enough that we fuck up the songs. At least most of the time. We try to look the audience in the face while we play, to let them know that they’re part of it as well. Overall we’ve probably done around 30-40 shows.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Our former vocalist dropped his trousers while off his tits on Mandy and told paedophile jokes the whole night.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Mainly Ibanez and Jackson for guitar and bass. Multi-effects units like the Boss GT-1000 and various effects on the bass. We use small power amps which are easier to transport and are more local gig friendly. Our drummer has a Pearl kit. We also use samples on stage which Tam, our vocalist controls with a footswitch.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our debut album The Kosmokrator which is named in reference to our old band name. It was released on the 28th of February on Infinite Hive Records and is getting a really great response so far.
What are your plans for 2020?
As many gigs as we can but with the worldwide apocalypse currently happening, our touring plans might have to be postponed.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Would love to support Sylosis or Dyscarnate. Our support would be local boys Nassau.