As I type, Corey Anderson’s former band Glad Rags has lulled into a gorgeous freefall. All the dissonance and tense Tom Waits-esque growls making up the first suite of the outfits most recent album Imaginary Friends have smoothed out and Corey has a chance to relax & make love to the listener through his horn. I love it~ amid the colorful barrage of his other former band, the mighty Evasive Backflip, and the weight of the world pushing him to be ever more self-critical as a young, white male it’s nice to think of Corey at peace. He deserves it. I’m glad for this interview, to hear about things and people he loves.
What’s your favorite color?
Oh goodness, off to a good start. I don’t have a favorite color. I’ve never really understood the whole favorite color thing on a personal level. I think I understand why other people have favorite colors but no color stands out to me.
Who is your favorite athlete?
If I had been asked this a few years ago I would have had an answer. Now, I have no idea. Sports were a big part of my childhood and growing up I was very active (in participating and watching) but lately I’ve been all like, ‘major sports leagues are kinda fucked up’ and the breeding of arbitrary divisions among people (ie cubs/sox rivalry) just compounds those feelings.
That’s not really an answer to the question though.
What is your favorite poem and why?
I’m not so good at this favorite game, or the remember names of media that you consume game, or the favourite game if you’re english. That being said….I don’t have one.
What is the name of your fictional autobiography?
‘Just another white man’
How tall are you?
Average. I fit perfectly under those low basement ceilings at all these house shows.
What is the title of the earliest work of yours you can remember?
I’ve always been terrible at titling my art, so, I have no idea. But I do remember I have always written poetry and songs and created art about love, emotions, and the world around me.
What is the title of your most recent piece/body of work?
Tell me about it?
It is a 52 minute album that was inspired/written/performed/recorded during a month of change. It’s subject matter is both a reactionary take on some pretty big changes in my day to day life that occurred at the onset of its creation and it is part of the larger ongoing conversation I have through my art about my struggles with what psychologists like to call bi-polar disorder.
How did this show come about?
Well, it may or may not be my birthday and I may or may not have a tape coming out. So, I may or may not have decided to get a few people whose talent and company I enjoy to get together on a bill!
Where is home?
Not really sure honestly. I was born in south florida but only spent the first 6 years there. My folks then moved to Naperville, and while I grew up there I’ve never felt it was my home. I’m always tempted to say Chicago, but I didn’t grow up here. So, in the end it will always be a place of comfort and hopeful stability, but I don’t think I’ll feel right putting a label on it as deeply entrenched in ownership as home.
What is home?
Music. My brother, my father, my mother, my partner.
Who is home?
See the above, and add that maybe one day I’ll answer that I am home.
Whose home are you?
A ton of bacteria and organic matter! Also maybe my partner and again maybe one day, myself.
What is your favorite plant?
Ivy is pretty spectacular to me right now. The way it slowly envelopes and creates a coat around whatever it vines along is pretty beautiful. My current bedroom looks out to an alcove of brick and ivy that frames my view by becoming my view. Also, marijuana.
Who is your daddy and what does he do?
My dad is Scott Anderson, currently he is professor at northwestern’s medill school of journalism! Before that he was one of the first people to put news online and spent 20+ years working at the sun sentinel, tribune interactive and the Chicago tribune. He is also an incredibly intelligent person and has always challenged me and pushed me to better myself.
My mom is currently working as a social worker after having recently gotten her masters (woo, go mom!). She is one of the hardest working badasses I know.
Both my parents are almost as radical as me and they definitely make it known/ do work to change The world. They are both extraordinary people who have sacrificed so much to provide a good life for my brother and me. I can see them and their influence in me every day and I am so thankful for that 🙂
Who are you?
I’m Corey! I’m pretty queer, I like dresses and pretty colors but god damn do I also like my beard!
What do you do?
Hopefully I work towards radical change through transformative justice and in providing a space for discussion and support of other necessary movements such as the abolishment of prisons and police. I also play music and do arts and stuff
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Oh gosh, pretty much anyone actively and openly working against white male supremacy!
Where are you going?
To walk this next dog
Where did you just come from?
Walking the last dog
Where are you right now?
Walking a dog
Who is Vashti Bunyan?
I have no clue! Be right back, gonna google!
Okay so I can’t relay all the information I have just learned but she is apparently considered the godmother of freak folk. She recorded and wrote an album called Just Another Diamond Day that was released without much success. Apparently she was discouraged and left the music industry. Over time her work found an audience and she re entered the music industry and now has had “success”.
And now I need to listen to all her music.
Ps I used Wikipedia…..so I’m probably missing the radical/less commercial shit she did
Pps Plus, you always find a way to educate!
TELL me some impressions of the other performers?
Well, the very first thing is a presentation on anti gentrification movements and how to unionize as a tenan/fight against landlords. Then, it’s +, who has inspired me in I don’t know how many ways and is always a treat to hear/be in the presence of! Then it’s me! Then, Evasive Backflip, that bad ass band I sometimes play in, with that incredibly versatile sound. First time I heard them I said, imma play with them. Then I did. Last up is piss piss piss Moan Moan Moan! Oh boy not only is their music awesome but the band members are incredibly kind people. Tiger in particular has always been someone I look up to because of how accepting and open they are!
Overall I picked these bands for this show because they have all inspired and influenced me in overtly positive ways! That being said I was bummed I couldn’t include even more people, but there is always next time.
Why are you still going?
Because it’s not time to stop yet.
What does a free world look like to you?
This one’s tricky because I don’t think I’ll ever see a free world and so it is hard for me to flesh out the details of a free world. I think our society is entrenched in anti-freedom, that is to say we have people, systems, and ideas constantly working against freedom. Anti-freedom is not inherintly human though, it’s just we have a long history of oppressive systems being interwoven into our collective and individual consciousness. The economy is one of these systems and it is dependent on inequality. It is treated as an integral and inseparable part of humanity, but it’s not inseparable. It only has an extraordinarily long lineage and broad reach that gives the illusion of inseparability.
So, a free world has to be a separation of people and these ideas and systems of oppression. To do that though we will have to match in our efforts the longevity and ferocity of those systems. Planting seeds of freedom just as those in the past planted the seeds of anti-freedom.
I won’t ever see this world, but I know it’ll exist one day.