“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guests are a fascinating duo called ANMLPLNET. They are the sum of Slothrust leader Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow who met in Boston, gravitated towards opposite coasts and felt the pull back together like two magnets on a headlong collision in the Hadron Collider. They’ve got a debut album of dreamy, dark pop called “Fall Asleep” coming April 20th on Ba Da Bing Records and if lead song which has the compelling title “I Was Fucked By A Cloud” is anything to go by, it’s going to be a psychedelic treat. Since a sheep could be mistaken for a cumulonimbus and their sound is super tactile, (plus of course the animal band name), it seemed only natural they should appear on the pages of Velvet Sheep…welcome Leah & Mickey!

Far be it for me to directly lift from their press release but this bit was irresistible:
“The band was formed originally on four disparate rules:
1. Always drink absinthe while rehearsing.
2. Write lyrics that are antonymic translations, meaning nouns, adjectives and verbs were replaced with their antonyms.
3. Play songs straight through as one giant piece, no breaks.
4. Accept mostly unusual gigs, like their performances at a Dorchester rave and in a wooden shack on the tiny Star Island off New Hampshire.”

This almost dogme film style dogma tells me that ANMLPLNET are 1. serious about their art and yet 2. don’t take themselves too seriously, which means they instantly rise above all of the average indie flotsam and jetsam to an attention grabbing stream of intrigue.

But what choon have they chosen to open the door further to their psych psyche? It’s Leah’s words, but she speaks on the behalf of the both, with a punk classic, so without further ado here’s ANMLPLNET’s “song for ewe”…


“Alice Bag’s performance of “Gluttony” as featured in the 1981 documentary by Penelope Spheeris, “The Decline Of Western Civilization”, is one of the most compelling live performance videos I have ever seen. Alice is so commanding and powerful. Her vocal delivery and range absolutely blew my mind when I first saw this film in high school, and it still does today.”


keep your peepers open for the ANMLPLNET album “Fall Asleep” on April 20th

In the meantime, here are their social links etc for more info…