Anders & Kendall Tour
Anders Parker and Kendall Meade are offering an incredibly intimate East Coast tour including a handful of even more quaint house shows along the way. Check it out here: East Coast Tour Dates, and check out our interview with Kendall to help get you ready.
Kendall Meade Interview
Talented Singer-songwriter Kendall Meade, well-known for her band Mascott, has collaborated with acclaimed solo artist Anders Parker for an infectious new indie rock album, Wild Chorus. The duo will release their first collaborative effort on February 19th. Wild Chorus is a captivating acoustic record whose first single “We’re On Fire, Babe” is pretty swoonworthy. It’s a nice debut effort from two familiar artists and as you’ll read, a promising sign of things to come.
We caught up with Meade and shared a RARA’s six pack of questions. So grab your favorite beverage and check out a few words with the engaging singer from New York.
RARA’s Farm: I know that the two of you were occasional collaborators in the past, how did it work with the two of you collaborating so closely on the entire album?
Kendall Meade: It worked surprisingly well. Either we both brought individual ideas to the table and helped each other flesh them out or Anders would start strumming on a riff and I’d encourage him to keep going with it while I worked out a melody. We worked really hard to get to a place where we both loved all of the songs. We recorded 14 total and only 11 ended up on the album. It was so hard to choose!
RARA’s Farm: You and Anders complement each other’s voices so well – why didn’t this album happen earlier?
Kendall Meade: We’ve always talked about it, but it took awhile for us to get serious and come up with an actual writing plan. When the time was right, we just went for it. We mainly wrote on weekends. I’d fly to Vermont or Anders would come down to New York. He’s a talented guitar player. He’s got such a gift for writing riffs and creating cool arrangements. I’m also a huge fan of his voice. Always have been.
RARA’s Farm: Is this a one-time effort for the two of you?
Kendall Meade: No, we’re so excited to make another record! I hope we can do it sooner than later.
RARA’s Farm: You named the album Wild Chorus after Scott Minor’s studio, was he a big contributor to the way the album evolved?
Kendall Meade: Yes! His honest, gut opinions and way he precisely shaped the sounds on each song was really amazing. He cares so much about what he does, and worked so hard to help us get everything done…and done well. Also, I just like being around him.
RARA’s Farm: Who were your influences?
Kendall Meade: I love Richard and Linda Thompson. I love Fairport Convention. We listened to everything from Bobby Charles to the Zombies when we were driving down to Knoxville to record.
RARA’s Farm: If you could collaborate with any artist on future effort, who would be your dream paring?
Kendall Meade: I’ll head to Jamaica and record with any living Marley. Or I’d love head to my hometown and record in Detroit with Rodriguez.
Look for the new album, Wild Chorus, from Anders & Kendall, available on Tuesday, February 19th.