Trevor Anderson acknowledges that the songs on “Anthems For Doomed Youth,” the fourth album by his Montreal-based rock band the High Dials, came out of “a long depression” he suffered prior to writing them. He’s not sure he wants the world to know exactly what was going on, though.
“Y’know, a lot of people go through a dark period in their lives,” Anderson, 36, explains. “I’m no different except, as an artist, I think maybe you have more of a sensitive temperament, which means it might hit you a little harder. It’s that introspective side that allows me to access different parts of the mind where the creativity comes from.
“It’s like a double-edge sword. I know a lot of musicians who struggle with it, but I feel like in my own case the music allows me to have a handle on it.”
Anderson, in fact, says the “Anthems For Doomed Youth” title is “kind of tongue in cheek” and feels that being able to turn pain into music is actually a positive thing.
“I don’t think you have to be a tortured person to be an artist,” he explains. “There’s a lot of different emotions going on in this record; a song like ‘Uruguay,’ for example, is extremely positive. That song is written 100 percent from a place of happiness and gratitude.
“You just need to have this balance between the emotions. You may have the capacity to feel pain, but you need to be in kind of a good place to have the energy to bring it into life as a song. You need to have the positive outlook to bring something into the world, something that helps you and reaches other people.”
The High Dials, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor and Oblisk perform Friday, Jan. 14, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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