Anna’s Anchor detail debut effort Nautical Miles, stream new song “Hampton”

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Official press release:

Set to be released via Struggletown and Never Meant Records on 23rd September, Anna’s Anchor’s debut album Nautical Miles features already released single “Signal Tower” and new track “Hampton”, which can be streamed and downloaded for free here:

Marty Ryan, the man, heart and soul behind the Limerick based indie-emo-pop act, explains of the title’s origin:

“A nautical mile is a little bit longer than a mile. I find that with everything I do, be it academically, work or music related, I always have to work a little harder to get where I want to. Things generally don’t fall into place for me, I’m a grafter and struggle through, but I generally get there in the end and that’s what Nautical Miles means to me.”

Nautical Miles certainly is befitting for an artist who won’t let simple geography stand in the way of “writing and releasing as much music as possible”. Aforementioned single “Signal Tower” saw Marty in his native Ireland, go to as many landmarks as possible in 4 days, filming for 14 hours straight and clocking up 1300 miles, across a total of 200 locations. But his wanderlust doesn’t end there, the album follows 2015 release The Islands:

“In a nutshell, last Summer I visited 8 remote islands over an 8 week period. I played a gig on each island, wrote a song on each and then returned home to record and release the song each week. 8 weeks, 8islands, 8 gigs, 8 songs!”

As if that isn’t enough to send your head spinning, that brings us to the release in question – laying down Nautical Miles saw Marty spend all of January 2016 criss-crossing the Irish Sea for studio sessions. Recorded in Manchester with producer Bob Cooper, Marty enlisted his pal Brian Scally to lay down drums, before handling all other instrumentation and vocals himself. The fruit of his labour is a soulful amalgam of emo, indie and pop, reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World and Into It. Over It. Romantic and bittersweet in equal measure, AAs melodies tug at the heartstrings and dig into the brain. He reflects:

“In the grand scheme of things, very few bands ever get to release an album. Everyone dreams of doing an one, it’s a mountain of a project that takes a certain work ethic, steel and resolve. You only get to release your first album once and it’s an opportunity I’m very lucky to have worked myself into.”

Thankfully this workhorse has been convinced to share the load when it comes to touring the record – albeit not for long:

“Touring with a full band is something I’ve been reluctant to do just because the project for the most part has been mine. But my few close friends that I’ve played the record for have been like, ‘Marty, this sounds so full, you owe it to yourself to at least promote the songs the way they sound’, so with that, I decided to do a once off full band tour to commemorate the release of the album.”

Pre-orders are now available via Struggletown and Never Meant Records.

Nautical Miles track listing:

1. “Hampton”
2. “Do You”
3. “Big Sky State”
4. “House Is Full”
5. “Intralude”
6. “Signal Tower”
7. “Everyone’s Deserving”
8. “No Place For A Queen”
9. “Discussion”
10. “Conclusion”

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Tour dates:

9/22 – Galway, IE | Roisin Dubh (Upstairs)
6/23 – Cork, IE | Brú Bar
9/24 – Limerick, IE | The Stormy Teacup
9/25 – Dublin, IE | Fibber Magees (Downstairs)
10/01 – Glasgow, UK | Audio
10/02 – Sunderland, UK | Pop Records
10/03 – Manchester, UK | Star & Garter
10/04 – Leeds, UK | Santiago’s
10/05 – Reading, UK | TBA
10/06 – Southampton, UK | Pre Bar
10/07 – London, UK | Veg Bar
10/08 – Cardiff, UK | TBA