It’s diverse, it’s skatable, and, here’s hopin’, it’ll make you want to destroy nearby objects — it’s Anergy Drink.
Gabe Segarra plays drums and does some of the vocals for garage punk-rockers Anergy, who just dropped Anergy Drink, a new EP centered around the idea of diversity. We caught up with Segarra for deets on what he and the band — Segarra, Sherrod Russell-Blake (bass, vox), and Jared Raynak (guitar, vox), who has since “moved on to pursue his passion in fire spinning,” replaced now with Igor De Souza — got up to in the making of the new record. Here’s what the drummer had to say.
On the timing
Anergy Drink began when the band began, in April of 2016. That was when we first came up with the instrumental parts for “Dark Story,” which ended up being the second song on the album. From there we created the rest over the next year, and it took us a few months after that to get them all up-to-par and fully recorded.
On the moral of its story
The main theme of the EP is diversity. People already knew the sound we’d established with our first single “Not My President,” so we wanted to showcase the other things we’re capable of as musicians. We chose the name Anergy Drink partly because it’s a taste of the sonic flavors our band has and an amusing play on words. There’s also a lot of storytelling, with a different story in each song.
On “Off His Pills”
“Off His Pills” is a story about a crazy redneck called Big Belly Billybob who forgot his medication. Billybob’s brother is running around town, asking if anyone has seen him and trying to warn them that he’ll go crazy. They’re all telling him what his brother is up to, sticking up a 7-11, setting stuff on fire, and generally terrorizing the countryside. We wanted it to have a Psychobilly vibe with elements of thrash that might inspire the general destruction of nearby objects.
On “Dark Story”
“Dark Story” was the first song we ever wrote, and is Sherrod’s lyrical debut. When he first joined the band and heard the instrumental parts, he started writing lyrics that he felt would ‘fit’ with the song’s darker tone. They tell of a disturbed schizophrenic boy who endures a lifetime of abuse from his father, the town’s hypocritical pastor. One day his mother disappears, and he asks his father what happened to her. He tells his son that he can find her under the bridge by a nearby river, so he goes in search of her only to find her buried corpse. Unable to take any more, he ends up murdering his father that night and drags his mutilated body to the lake to dispose of it. As he watches his father’s face sink into the water, he hallucinates, having one last conversation with his father and telling him that he will no longer abuse anyone. He didn’t want to kill him, but he felt that he had no choice.
“Firstskate” was our first attempt at writing a song that was “skateable.” It was actually created for the grand opening of Sk8 Charleston, which we were slated to play at the time. When I first started writing lyrics for it, I was frustrated by the fact that I don’t actually skate, so I didn’t know a lot about tricks and that sort of thing and it felt inauthentic. When I brought that fact up to the guys, they suggested that my situation was actually perfect — the song could be about being unable to skate at all! So we ran with it. In the song a young guy is enamored with a super-cool skater girl he meets, so he’s determined to impress her. But no matter what he does, he fails miserably and she barely notices his existence. That feeling of being casually ignored is something I think a lot of people can identify with, and in those kinds of situations you just have to laugh! It’s important to realize that we shouldn’t try to be something we aren’t.
“Antibody” is a song about a human-made apocalypse. Two scientists are working in a high-powered lab together, messing with nature in ways they shouldn’t. They see each person around them as no more than a variable, another antibody to use in their experiment. When it all goes wrong they accidentally unleash a supervirus that threatens the world, so they isolate themselves and keep working to see if they can cure it. When they start to run out of lab supplies, things get down to the wire. So in a last ditch attempt, one scientist tells the other to take his blood and grow a cure, then inject him with the virus, but they aren’t sure if the experiment will work. It doesn’t, and they’re left with no choice but to nuke the world to stop it from spreading.
On “Bible Belt”
“Bible Belt” is meant to be simultaneously funny and serious — it tells an amusing story with very real undertones. The girl in “Bible Belt” is an amalgamation of several people I’ve dated or befriended in my life. It’s meant to be a song for anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a place where no one understands them. It’s also an ode to anyone of a different sexual orientation or subculture and the very real difficulties they face trying to be themselves in the American South. It takes a lot to stand in front of everyone and declare, “This is who I am,” and anyone with that level of inner strength is beautiful to me. I basically wanted to take that uncompromising strength and personify it.
On the collabs
We worked with a good friend of ours, Matt Tuton, at Right or Wrong Recordings. He runs an at-home studio that he’s able to get a great sound out of. Matthew Garber at For The Record Mastering put the final touches on it for us. Our good friend CJ Bones did the album art for us, which turned out great as well.
On what’s to come
We have a lot of things in the works for the future that we won’t reveal for now. We’re excited that we’ve finished our first major release, and we’re not stopping there.