Australian band Anatomy Class release their second new single of 2021 with the sublimely melodic, indie rock sound of ‘Reflector Shield’.
The band’s first single of the year, ‘Welcome To The Ages’, was a featured Single of the Week on 2SER 107.3FM and its stunning video clip was featured on iconic Australian television music video show RAGE.
Now the trio continue their rich vein of form with the followup single ‘Reflector Shield‘ – a song that manages to sound both futuristic and nostalgic in its sonic architecture and richly melodic design. The band are perfectly at home sailing the proverbial winds of indie rock, dream pop and shoegaze – styles that have hybridised into the contemporary sound of modern rock music. The band has always honoured its ’80s and ’90s influences – from the classic sounds of Lemonheads, Swervedriverand Pixies – through to more modern day acts such as Doves, The War On Drugs and DIIV. You can clearly hear that musical lineage continue on “Reflector Shield’ as the song envelopes the listener in a warm embrace of guitar chords that chime and sway like the finest moments of Smashing Pumpkins and Ride.
‘Reflector Shield’ premiered online with music website Backseat Mafia and on The Band Next Door on 2SER.
Embellished and enhanced by legendary Melbourne producer Lindsay Gravina at his Birdland Studios, there’s a rousing, uplifting quality to the song in its ode to silver linings and optimism, as Rosen explains. “With ‘Reflector Shield’, there’s an underlying sense of reflection and nostalgia – looking back to a time when we were younger, when life was a lot simpler and innocent. We could dream, and we believed in those dreams – it was our reality, even for just a day or a moment in time. We could be superheroes, we could “jump into the sky”, we could be whoever we wanted to be,” he reminisces. “There’s an element of romanticism too, the wanting to also share those dreams and journeys with someone. “I’ll be yours and you’ll be mine”, it’s a bit of a universal and timeless theme; seeking that soulmate and companionship, something I think we all search for throughout our lives.“
For Anatomy Class, their exciting return, with some of the best music of their career, continues unabated as they head towards a new full-length album.
“I feel these are our strongest collection of songs yet,” says Rosen. “After years playing together, particularly for Nick and I, the song-writing process felt a lot more intuitive and focused on what the Anatomy Class sound is all about.”
‘Reflector Shield’ is out now via Bandcamp, streaming services and AMRAP for all our Australian community radio friends.
Music & Lyrics by Ant Rosen
Ant Rosen – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Nick Kennedy – Drums
Produced by Ant Rosen
Mixed & Mastered by Lindsay Gravina @ Birdland Studios, Melbourne
Recorded & Engineered by Tom Garnett @ REC Studios, Sydney
Additional production & recording by Lindsay Gravina @ Birdland Studios, Melbourne
REVIEWS FOR ‘WELCOME TO THE AGES’
“If you need comparisons, then there is a clear genetic connection to the sounds of Teenage Fanclub, Doves and their ilk: harmonies and melodies over chiming guitars.”
Arun Kendall Backseat Mafia
“The clip is a knitted fever-dream of psychedelic colours and vivid imagery.” The Music
“…glorious harmonies and a scintillating whiff of melancholy delivered through the most celestial melange of crystalline, ringing guitars and melodies.”
Arun Kendall Backseat Mafia