Our partnership with CloseUp has this week brought us up close with garage rock noisemakers Annie Taylor.
On this occasion our UpClose chats have led us to Zürich-based garage rock four-piece Annie Taylor. The outfit have been building up steam over the last few years with their raw and often rousing brand of rock, spearheaded by frontwoman Gini Jungi’s all-encompassing vocals.
We had a chat with the outfit to find out a bit more about them, how the global pandemic has impacted them, and how desperate they are to get back out on the road.
Annie Taylor! It’s great to sit down and have a proper chat (Kinda). We’re such big fans of your music as you well know. Tell the world a bit about the musical world of Annie Taylor?
Gini: Hey Clout, thanks a lot for listening to our music! We actually are coming from very different musical backgrounds and I think this is how we ended up sounding like we’re sounding. Michael loves to listen to Abba and Motorhear, Tobi is in love with MC5 and Hellacopters, Jan is into Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and I love music with female front singers, such as Warpaint, Chastity Belt or Wolf Alice.
The last 12 months has been such a crazy year for musicians, how much has it had an impact on your music?
Gini: That’s so true! I (we?) actually never had so much time to write music and I think thanks to the past 12 months, there were a lot of new songs coming up. But sometimes I feel like it’s hard to write lyrics, because there is just nothing new happening in my personal bubble… Rehearsing feels also sometimes a bit strange, cause you are rehearsing released songs, but you don’t really know what you are rehearsing for. So in this case, I prefer getting into new songs and start working on new stuff.
Jan: yeah, the whole process of preparing gigs, without having gigs is sort of tiresome..however working on new songs and sometimes just jam together is a great source of motivation in these times. I guess we all keep going to be playing live again as soon as possible!
We for one are absolutely missing live shows/festivals more than ever thought. If you were to create an ‘Annie Taylor Festival’ then WHO would be your 3 headliners?
Gini: Uncle Acid & the Dead Beats, Khruangbin and Amyl and the Sniffers
Describe your new single in 4 words or less!
Gini: Melancholic, fragile, dramatic, positive
Jan: Nothing to add here.
Touring is obviously such a massive part of the band, how excited are you to get back to performing live?
Gini: Argh, don’t get me even started! We are so excited to play live again, especially since we released our debut album “Sweet Mortality” in September! We are more than ready to finally play the album in front of an audience and to be meeting people on shows!
Jan: Can’t wait to get out of the rehearsal room! Last weekend we could record a short showcase for a Swiss festival. Even though there was no audience, it was cool to set up our instruments, do a proper soundcheck and then let it rip!