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NYC POST-HARDCORE

Band Members:

Chris Leyba - Vocals

Marvin Thompson - Guitar

Chris Caressimo - Drums

Formed in 2014, Anahata Released their debut single "A Maze", leading to the release of their EP Balance. The band released their second EP titled, "Abhorrence" November 7, 2018. They are currently performing and writing new material. Anahata's Abhorrence EP is out now, available on all streaming platforms.

Chris L.

What got you into wanting to create music

/be in a band?

I had been in love with music ever since I had my first CD player. As a kid, I was in the choir and on my days home I would play N*sync's first album on repeat and my sister would have me do dance routines for fun, at 7 to 9 years old, so singing and dancing got me my rhythm. Into my teen years, I had a lot of issues with depression, ADHD and anxiety. Music was the best way for me to vent, because I couldn't communicate how I was feeling and I would drown in it. I'd blast a whole bunch of pop-punk and then some metal and some punk. I was a T.V. baby so I'd watch rock shows on Fuse and watch Headbangers ball on MTV, before I had my first guitar. When I got my first guitar I was like "okay now I'm gonna write songs and have a band and it's gonna be awesome", because I wanted to write the same songs that helped me to feel something.

 What are your 3 favorite bands?

Dir en Grey, My Chemical Romance, The Gazette.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

My biggest inspiration, in a way, is Brandon Urie of Panic! At the Disco. There's something very inspiring about someone who had been through so many obstacles with people and music and come out learning about themselves and growing up. Like, I am always in my head, so to be finally out of my head and put it all out there without a second thought or fear would be awesome.

What's the coolest thing about being in Anahata?

The coolest part about being in Anahata is that I'm sharing the stage with loving friends and that we have strong experiences while playing music together. I've cried on stage, during practices, busted my face, and we have a blast and I can't wait for more of that

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Marvin T.

What got you into wanting to create music

/be in a band?

Music has always been it for me.

When you grow up in New York City you can't avoid it, and I was always exposed to different types of sounds all around me. Rock music captivated me, specifically bands like My Chemical Romance, and friends started showing me more and more heavier acts.

Before you knew it, middle school me was singing the entirety of Three Cheers for sweet revenge in his basement or moshing to Maximum the hormone - I was hooked. I dove into so many styles of music, from bands like Suicide Silence to Eluvietie to Killswitch to so many others... And I knew what I wanted to do.

I started playing bands in High School with a few of my friends, and through that, and the power of the internet, I discovered how crazy New York's local scene was. It was cool to know that I wasn't alone in all of this and really helped to bolster my motivations of doing music with my life. Japanese music really did it, though. I fell head over heels with bands like X Japan, The Gazette, MUCC, hide, and I would watch performances at stadiums at the Budokan other arenas. I'd watch concerts before going to bed.

I knew I wanted to be up there with my heroes.

 What are your 3 favorite bands?

My Chemical Romance, Nightwish, X Japan.

 

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

Hideto Matsumoto was probably the first guitar player that routinely made me go "Holy Shit", on a regular basis. His guitar playing was phenomenal, and he gets a lot of credit for getting me interested in wanting to become a guitar player in the first place.

 

What's the coolest thing about being in Anahata?

We are all parts of the same idiot.

I love being able to make music with people that I care about the most. It's a fact that gets more amazing as the days go by. We've all been there for each other through so much, and I'd say the best part of being in this band is watching each of us grow into ourselves, whether on stage or in other parts of our lives

 

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Chris C.

What got you into wanting to create music

/be in a band?

I was always into music as a kid, my dad would consistently play anything from Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra on a daily basis which helped kicked start my love for music. Early on in my life I was really interested in playing guitar, but ended up getting a drum set for Christmas when I was 10 and the rest was history.

 What are your 3 favorite bands?

In mourning, Gojira, Architects.

 

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

My biggest musical influence has to be between both Martin Lopez, ex drummer of Opeth and Mario Duplantier, drummer for Gojira. Martin's playing heavily influenced the amount of emotion I put into my playing and Mario's playing influenced my technical capability and my power behind the drums.

 

What's the coolest thing about being in Anahata?


The coolest thing about playing for Anahata is being able to call both of these goofy ass musicians my family in between all the amazing and difficult times we go through

 

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