The Jane Anchor

The Jane Anchor

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The Jane Anchor is one of Philadelphia's best new artists, and have shared stage with Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield, The Damnwells and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Biography

With the November '04 release of their first full-length album, "Second Wave" (Lark Lane Records), Philly rockers, The Jane Anchor, led by singer / guitarist Kara Lafty, is primed to make an ocean-sized splash onto the national scene. The eleven-song follow-up to TJA's 2003 "Just Wait EP" didn't come together in one night, or in one year, but developed over a course of life lessons," says Lafty. From the opening track "Crawl," with its wall of guitars washing over vulnerable lyrics ("I'd give up everything just to crawl inside"), to the sparsely beautiful "Summer," showcasing Lafty's earthy guitar and wistful voice ("I am counting my way to sleep / A million kisses and I'm falling deep"), "Second Wave" showcases a songwriter and band with an impressive palette of musical colors and moods. Lafty is joined by bassist Joann Schmidt, guitarist / vocalist John Faye, and drummer Dave Anthony, all members of another notable Philadelphia band, IKE. The chemistry and camaraderie that shines in their explosive live shows and on record is a combination that Lafty had searched for in previous incarnations of TJA, all of which were well-received but still left her with the feeling that she could push herself and her music further.

The seeds for the current lineup of the band were planted in 2002, when Schmidt, then the drummer of the all-girl Philly darlings, The Dirty Triplets (and a fan of Lafty's former band Sonny Sixkiller), recruited Lafty as lead guitarist to make the Triplets, ironically, a quartet. While the Dirty Triplets burned out in less than a year, Schmidt and Lafty forged a close friendship which would become the emotional core of TJA. With the addition of Faye as a second guitarist, playing a supporting musical role for the first time in his career (in addition to fronting IKE, he was also the leader of the mid-90’s band The Caulfields) , and, in the summer of '03, Anthony on drums, The Jane Anchor was now set to record Lafty's most heartfelt and earnest songs to date.

The process of bringing "Second Wave" to completion was not easy. The sessions, recorded and co-produced by Cliff Hillis, were spread out over six months, as the band found small windows of time within their busy schedules to journey down to Target Studios in Maryland and Hillis' home studio, Better Living Through Compression, located in Wilmington, DE. It was within those closed quarters, however, that Lafty delivered the strongest vocal performances of her career. "I think Kara sang so incredibly because the material demands it," states Faye, whose own impassioned back-up singing provides the girl-boy vocal dynamic that defines TJA. And it's true - the 11 songs on the record are a testimony to what Lafty has endured, overcome, and been challenged by over the past several years. "Skyline" showcases Lafty's empathetic side as she sings, "Flying fists and bleeding hearts / I wonder why there's a hole in the skyline / It's come to this / Flying fists beating straight through," seeking understanding in a post 9/11 world. "Give Me A Reason" and the rocker "Anniversary" are Lafty at her lyrical best as she dissects personal relationships with brutal honesty. "The Rays" and the aforementioned "Summer" highlight Lafty's softer side, offering glowing pop daydreams reminiscent of The Innocence Mission.

In spite of the inherent difficulties of moving a band forward, The Jane Anchor is ready to ride "Second Wave" to new audiences in Philadelphia and far beyond the city limits, delivering on the promise and considerable buzz generated by "Just Wait." The band has already become a familiar name on many college play lists and has shared stages with such notable acts as Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield, The Damnwells, The Butchies, Mates of State, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In a review of "Just Wait," M.J. Fine of the Philadelphia City Paper stated, "A great song can blow your mind and wrest control of your body. Most bands would be lucky to write one in their career." With "Second Wave," The Jane Anchor prove themselves lucky and much, much more.

Lyrics

Give Me a Reason

Written By: Kara Lafty

obscurity stole the light
i had visions of securing me a new life
somewhere the grass is greener
this history's no friend of mine
you keep haunting me
pulling me back in time

you took me for granted
i am not sure i felt it
lost me in the madness
we are not saints
give me a reason
sounding off back and forth
and i'll be giving you a reason to stay

this purity turned to dust
i had visions of a safer place for us
under lock and key
i'll forget about the plans we made
i'm marking x's through all the pictures and letters i saved

you took me for granted
i am not sure i felt it
lost me in the madness
we are not saints
give me a reason
sounding off back and forth
and i'll be giving you a reason to stay

i'll be giving you a reason
i'll be giving you a lie

obscurity stole the light
i had visions of the way you would hold on tight

you took me for granted
i am not sure i felt it
lost me in the madness
we are not saints
give me a reason
sounding off back and forth
and i'll be giving you a reason to stay
giving you a reason
giving you a lie

Kara Lafty © 2004 Molly Topper Music (ASCAP)

Empty Bottle

Written By: Kara Lafty

i called you after midnight
empty bottles everywhere
killing time and i'm painfully aware

i called you after midnight
empty bottles everywhere
killing time and i'm painfully aware
of every minute

you caught me off guard
i'm shooting arrows in the air
i'd wait in line just to see you standing there
for a minute

you led me on and i said i'll go, i'll go
in a minute
you led me on and i said i'll go, i'll go

i called you after midnight
empty bottles break
the more i give the more i have to take
because i need it

you led me on and i said i'll go, i'll go
in a minute
you led me on and i said i'll go, i'll go
i'll go, i'll go

some relief
is what i need

Kara Lafty © 2003 Molly Topper Music (ASCAP)

Discography

Second Wave LP (Lark Lane Records - 2004)
Just Wait EP (Self Released - 2003)

*Listen to the debut full-length CD, Second Wave, on The Jane Anchor website: www.thejaneanchor.com*

Set List

Average set time: 45 minutes

Set list changes frequently, but original songs are chosen from the following:

SECOND WAVE (Lark Lane Records - 2004)
Crawl
Give Me a Reason
Skyline
Venus
Summer
Emily
Anniversary
Say Something
Cast Down
The Rays
Sinner

JUST WAIT EP (Self Released - 2003)
Take Me Out
Got It Made
Marvelous Disguise
Empty Bottle