Band/artist: Tides of Anareta
City: Little Rock
Album Title: Twisted
Release Date: October 26th, 2018
'Twisted' is the the first full length album from Tides of Anareta. Tides of Anareta hasheir goal, however, for 'Twisted' was to expand their music palate to include tracks that were much more expressive and indicative of who they were as people, musicians, and songwriters. The introduction of Jeremy to the musical mix brought some new flavors and options they did not have before and forced both Drew and Joel to raise their musical game.
The album contains a perfect blend of older tracks written after their first album, 'Two Birds, Three Stones,' which were never recorded, and new tracks written specifically for this project. When all was said and done, it seemed like the tracks fit perfectly together in spite of the fact they were written 3 years apart.
Influences for the album:
Metallica, Sevendust, Muse, The Killers and Queen.
Twisted, Why, Into the Gray, From the Ashes, Part 1
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, the Tides of Anareta, are Joel Johnson, Drew Mason, Jeremy Sullivan, Blake Hogue, and Alvin Alexander. The band credits some of its strongest influences to be that of Metallica, Sevendust, Muse, The Killers, and Queen. Their latest album, 'Twisted', was released in the Fall of 2018.
Joel Johnson (vocals).
At just 8 years old, he found himself taking piano lessons. Joel spent many years growing as a classically trained pianist before he began to focus more on music composition in his early twenties. His main musical influences have varied over the years, but amongst them are Muse, Killers, Interpol, and The Bravery.
Drew Mason (guitar).
Spent his youth in El Dorado, Arkansas where he picked up his first guitar at the age of 12. Since this time, he has passionately and leisurely pursued his love of all things music - writing, singing, and playing. For him, music brings a sense of peace to his soul and joy for being able to play for others. His major musical influences are Metallica, Sevendust and Periphery.
Jeremy Sullivan (guitar).
Grew up in Searcy, Arkansas. Throughout his childhood, he had a piano in his home and took it up at age 7. About a year later, his interest turned toward the guitar. He loves music, family life, laughing, and computers. Buckethead, Adam Jones, and Jerry Cantrell are some of his major musical influences.
Blake Hogue (bass).
Blake has been playing music for almost 20 years. He credits some of his primary musical influences as Periphery, Deftones, Mastodon, Coheed and Cambria, and Metallica.
Alvin (Vin) Alexander (drums).
originally from New Orleans, LA, began playing the drums at an early age. With his extensive experience, he played in various cover bands while playing 90's grunge cover tunes all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the 90's. Some of his main influences that have helped shape his playing styles and fills are Neil Peart (Rush), Alex Van Halen, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).
Transformation is the key to the evolving sounds and new flavors that are Tides of Anareta. Tides of Anareta was born out of the meeting of it’s two founding members, Joel Johnson and Drew Mason. Initially, they were a hard rock band with a bit of keys sprinkled in, but the music was loud, heavy, and packed a serious punch. Their goal, however, was to expand their music palate to include tracks that were much more expressive and indicative of who they were as people, musicians, and songwriters.
Their latest album, 'Twisted', is the culmination of several years of writing and includes tracks written as far back as 2015. The album contains a impeccable fusion of older tracks written after their first EP, Two Birds, Three Stones, which were never recorded, and new tracks written specifically for this project. In the end, the tracks fit seamlessly together in spite of the fact they were written 3 years apart.