THE HAUNT: AnastasiaMax Interview with OUTBURN Magazine (Exclusive)
December 13, 2018 by 1888media
South-Florida based The Haunt continue to raise their game as one of the most exciting new bands in the pantheon of rock. Led by 15-year old, Anastasia Grace, who’s beguiling presence adds an air of mystery to the proceedings, she’s flanked by her 19-year old brother, Maxamillion (guitar/vocals), bassist Natalie Smallish and Nick Lewert (drums, piano).
Earlier this year, the quartet released their goth-imbued debut which quickly found itself storming playlists in the anti-analog world as the cacophony of “Brat,” an instantly infectious floor-shaker that recalls the best of Catfish & the Bottlemen and Bad Suns, the voyeuristic vamp of “Dirty,” and the searing mysticism of “All Went Black” left an indelible paw print on the minds of malcontents worldwide.
During the band’s recent cross-country trek with Palaye Royale, Ana and Max met up with famed rock photographer Jeremy Saffer, who’s worked with the likes of Metallica, Black Veil Brides, Alice Cooper, In This Moment, Slipknot, Asking Alexandria and many others, to delve into the depths of The Haunt for an exclusive spread for OUTBURN. Here’s an excerpt:
How did your sound develop from where it first started to now?
Max: Like I said, there was a lot of Lumineers going on in the beginning. It was very folk, because it was just vocals and guitar, or vocals and piano. So, there was a lot of, I don’t want to say country…
Ana: I had a country phase. I went to Tennessee and came back with lots of boots and country hats and started singing Nancy Sinatra songs.
Max: Yeah, that definitely happened, but then we moved more into the indie phase of the band. Then once we got a drummer, we started becoming way more Pixies and Jack White. Then it became a lot of punk influence and 60s pop. That’s what shaped what’s happening now.