En Minor has been percolating since Philip H. Anselmo was a child in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The bases of some songs that have now become the En Minor project were written at significant stages in Philip’s life, starting at nine years old when given his first guitar; with no patience to learn other people’s music, Anselmo started writing his own. Other material from Anselmo’s band of underground lore, Body & Blood, has evolved into En Minor songs. Although Philip is most well-known for extreme metal, here we get to hear a softer side of his vocal chords, but lyrically this is heavy as anything that’s gone before. With Anselmo joining forces again with Schteve Taylor, tapping into his side that thrived when he was in Woven Hand and 16 Horsepower, Kevin Bond (Superjoint Ritual) carrying on his old Body & Blood vibe, and an extremely talented group of seasoned musicians, Anselmo’s En Minor is a blatant change of pace, and we embrace all of the melancholy oddness without compromise.
Anselmo explains: “En Minor is a project that’s been a long-time in the making. The initial strains (in the most primitive sense) came about when I was given my first guitar at nine-years old. I didn’t have the patience to learn other people’s music, so I wrote my own. And some of those early parts are still prevalent in certain songs in modernity.
Fast-forward to 1988, when I bought my first four-track recorder; those old songs took on a new life and newer songs were written. Heavy metal was at the forefront of my performance-based output, but these little four-track songs were there. For some reason, I always had an apprehension about allowing these songs to be heard because they were so different, therefore only a small circle of close friends got to hear them.
Fast-forward again to 1993. I’d moved back to my hometown of New Orleans, in my old neighbourhood. My place was a magnet for local musicians and artists, and at ungodly hours, these old four-track songs took on an even newer life jamming with these cats. We learned a few of the songs and wrote several more, and soon we were recording under the moniker Body & Blood. We wrote several more songs, all recorded on a (newer model) four-track. It was fun. We did it for the vibe. And it was pleasing to break away from multi-tracking studios and heavy metal. Metal music consumed most of our time and lives, so having those “B&B” sessions was damned-near therapeutic.
There was never a clear plan for the band, as far as playing true gigs or putting out material. We never did. We kept things simple and just jammed when everyone was home and played our recordings for friends. And then I eventually moved, hurricane Katrina hit, and life sent all of us in different directions.
Fast-forward (for the last time) to 2012. It was around this time I met Steve “Schteve” Taylor. He and I began experimenting with some vibey stuff, and soon after began recording the sessions. This led to the incarnation of the current En Minor roster. Together, we re-worked a few of the old four-track songs and wrote several new ones in short order. These sessions are hypnotic and pulling. And we continue to write songs suitable for this project to this day (2019).”
Ugly and beautiful, En Minor is a blatant change of pace, and we embrace all of the melancholy oddness without compromise. This is not “party” music. This is “kill the party” music.
On The Floor
Dead Can’t Dance
Love Needs Love
Warm Sharp Bath Sleep
This Is Not Your Day
Disposable For You
Philip H Anselmo : guitar, vocals
Stephen Taylor : guitar
Kevin Bond : guitar
Steve Bernal : cello
Jimmy Bower : drums
Calvin Dover : keys, backing vocals
Joiner Dover : bass
Jose Gonzalez : additional percussion
En Minor’s When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out releases on September 4th.