First Look: American Anymen – Selectively Stupid
“Selectively Stupid”, the new video by alt-artists American Anymen take the First Amendment to the limits with this stunning yet crass look at the modern world. And, to be honest, this is a good thing because we have become too self-centered and desensitised to the problems that actually affect us every day. So let this song be a lesson (hopefully) that we need a wake up call once and a while as a reminder that we didn’t take the red pill.
American Anymen present their first single ‘Selectively Stupid’ from their forthcoming “Start My Center” LP. This is the band’s 11th album, produced by Jen Turner (Natalie Merchant, Here We Go Magic), who was also involved in recording Swans’ latest album ‘The Glowing Man’ at her studio.
American Anymen is an Antifolk band, created by Brett Sullivan in 1999 in NYC’s Lower East Side. With an unconventional approach to guitar, their sound is an eclectic mix of folk punk with indie rock and old school hip-hop.
With singer/songwriter and guitarist Brett Sullivan as its core, American Anymen’s current lineup also includes Tracy Brooks (Herman Dune, Team B/ Bright Moments) on drums, and Harlem-based 20-year-old Nova Luz (The Amputees) on bass. All members share vocal duties. Past members include James Levy, Aaron Wilkinson, and LISE.
Unique to American Anymen is the band’s strong politics and ethical importance placed on the creative process over lavish equipment. “How you create is as important as what you create,” says Brett Sullivan.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Paleface, The Moldy Peaches, and Jeffrey Lewis, some highlights of American Anymen’s shows include (le) Poisson Rouge, Palisades, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Helsinki’s National Theatre.
“American Anymen is trying to destroy the idea that you have to be a professional to make art and give all people access to representing culture through art. Art and culture shape the way we view things and if the ruling class requires you to spend 60 thousand a year on a liberal/art education, and this education is required for you to produce art, then the ruling class have a lock on how we view things though art,” explains Brett Sullivan. With reference to cliché ideas and political misrepresentation of people’s best interests, their lyrics hit the spot as they sing “Your smart, but acting selectively stupid”.
The debut performance in support of the forthcoming album will happen on July 16th at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, alongside performances by former Capital/Universal recording artist The Veldt and A Deer A Horse. You can buy tickets in advance at http://lpr.com/lpr_events/american-anymen-july-16th-2016/