The Anderson Council
A Brief History of the Band
Established in 1999, The Anderson Council is the brainchild of singer and songwriter Peter Horvath, whose love affair with late 60’s pop informs and inspires both the band’s sound and direction. The quartet of Horvath, guitarist Dave Whitehead, drummer Chris Ryan and bassist Simon Burke enthralls listeners with irresistible hooks and captivates them with intelligent layers of sound.
In 2001, The Council released its debut album Coloursound (The Sinclair Recording Co.). Coloursound made its radio debut on Little Steven’s internationally syndicated radio show “Underground Garage" and the first single “Sitting on a Cloud”, was named the “Coolest Song in the World” in April 2002.
In 2006 the band released its second full-length album, The Fall Parade (Groove Disques Records), which was nominated for “Best New Release” and “Best Album” by the Asbury Park Music Awards. The album quickly made its way to the Billboard Garage Rock charts on the strength of its first single “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours” which entered at number one and propelled the The Fall Parade to number nine. Both the single and album remained in the Top 10 charting for three months straight. The second single “Strawberry Smell”, which is featured on the soundtrack of award-winning film I’m Reed Fish (2007), continues to spin regularly on Underground Garage and radio stations across North America.
In 2012 The Anderson Council completed and released their 3rd full length album, Looking at the Stars. Recorded in Highland Park, New Jersey by Kurt Reil (leader of the Grip Weeds, and producer of Mark Lindsey and The Smithereens) on Sinclair Records, “Looking at the Stars” featured 13 new songs ranging from high-energy 60’s power pop to 70’s Mod Revival to 00’s British re-invasion. Their video for the single and lead off track "Don't You Think" received extensive views online on YouTube and in the blogosphere. The single also appeared in the Canadian film The Right Kind of Wrong (2013). The record continued to surge, behind the support Little Steven Van Zandt, who deemed a deeper cut, "Gardening Man" the “Coolest Song in the World” on his Underground Garage Sirius XM radio (channel 21) and syndicated radio show. Combine that with a public endorsement from Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, annual appearances at multiple metro area music festivals and all was looking good in the power pop world for The Anderson Council.
Over the next two years, the band stayed busy and productive playing shows and kept their name in the public eye. They made appearances on several tribute records, recording their versions of songs by Elvis Costello, Bobby Sutliff, The Posies, New Jersey’s own, The Critters and most recently, the Canadian rock band, Sloan.
In 2015 The band recorded Listening Party!, a six song EP which gave their fans some well deserved tracks to spin while awaiting the next album. The EP tracklisting was unique in that each member contributed one original and chose one cover.
In the fall of 2016, The band signed with Marty Scott’s JEM Records. Their first release on JEM was titled Assorted Colours. Scott’s intention was to introduce the rest of the world to the sounds of The Anderson Council without having to purchase their vest back catalog. Thus the idea behind Assorted Colours, an aural history of The Anderson Council was born. Under the stewardship of Kurt Reil, the band began a massive re-mastering of tracks from the first three albums. Assorted Colours includes three tracks from each previously release along with 4 newly recorded “Jems”; combining old with new sounds in a seamless presentation. The remastering adds punch to previously released songs like “We’re Like The Sun” and “Hole in the Sky” while the new tracks “Girl on The Northern Line”, “I Never Feel”, “Magical” and “Fire Island” simply sparkle.
The Anderson Council was subsequently honored by Little Steven by naming the band's latest single, “Magical” the “Coolest Song in the World” for the week of September 19th. Magical was put in heavy rotation and received extensive airplay on SiriusXM 21, The Underground Garage. The band was also a featured act at the Haverford Music Festival in Havertown, PA with Lisa Loeb, Sasha Dobson & the Figgs and was invited to Washington DC to the SiriusXM studios to record a "Loft Session" for SiriusXM 30, The Loft. The set captured the band’s live persona, doing what they do best.
In December 2016, “Magical” was nominated for “Coolest Song of the Year” by Little Steven and the folks at Underground Garage. “Magical” placed 7th out of 52 acts as the competition closed, ahead of such acts as The Rolling Stones & Rival Sons. 2017 was spent playing dates across the tristate area in support of Assorted Colours and culminated with a blistering set of Council originals at the legendary YANKEE STADIUM as part of the Friday night concert series sponsored by JBL and Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
2017 was spent playing dates across the tristate area in support of Assorted Colours and culminated with a blistering set of Council originals at legendary YANKEE STADIUM as part of the Friday night concert series sponsored by JBL and Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
On July 26th, 2019, the band will released their new full length LP, Worlds Collide on the historic JEM Records imprint. It is currently available everywhere and being added to radio nationally and internationally!
Other Fun Facts:
The Council has shared the stage with groups like The Pretty Things, Chris Butler (of The Waitresses and Tin Huey), Richard Lloyd(of Television), Lisa Loeb, The Smithereens, The Gripweeds, Pugwash, Sasha Dobson, The Windbreakers, Glen Burtnik, the Weeklings and The Upper Crust; as well as artists like Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook and Jellyfish’s Jason Falkner. In three of its most memorable shows, the band performed at legendary YANKEE STADIUM, has appeared alongside The Romantics at Atlantic City's Borgata, and played with The Zombies, The Fleshtones, and The Mooney Suzuki at a sold-out Irving Plaza in New York City.