There is a place on the coast of England called Brighton. This coastal town was one of the most talked about on the UK music scene producing great venues, gigs and, most importantly, bands. One of those bands was Johnny Truant who, after critically acclaimed albums and jaw-dropping live shows, disbanded much to the disappointment of fans and press alike. Welcome then, Anacondas, a band who were born out of the ashes of Johnny Truant, having formed as a project at the tail end of the Johnny Truant story.

Happy to admit they’re fans of big riffs (and who isn’t), Anacondas are a three-piece who practice exactly what they preach, if their Sub Contra Blues debut album is any indication. A cocktail of huge sounding banks of sludgy riffs, the likes of “Cold Blooded, Warm Hearted” are wall-shakingly heavy. Driving home their point, the trio bludgeon their way through a sound that is part Cave-In, part Meshuggah. Ridiculously heavy, the three-piece effortlessly grind out an unholy wall of noise as the likes of the brilliant “High Horse” teeter on the edge of utter chaos but, just as you think they’re going to drop, the Hunter brothers rein it back in.

Sub Contra Blues is a record that you will feel through every bone in your body. Yes, the sound may seem like it grew from one massive jam session but the delivery is from a band who know clearly know how to harness that raw power into something quite special indeed.

Track Listing:

01. Moon On Fire
02. Down By The River
03. Cold Blooded, Warm Hearted
04. Simianimal
05. Sub Contra Blues
06. High Horse
07. The Witches
08. This Night Will Last Forever

Run Time: 39:40
Release Date: October 15, 2013

Check out the the song “Cold Blooded, Warm Hearted”


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.