Anna-Liese are a four-piece Waterford-based band made up of 2 Kilkenny men, a Wexford man, and indeed, a Waterford man.
Mark Walsh (Vocals, Guitars), a singer/songwriter hailing from Wexford, originally approached the other guys, whom are all part of the Music Degree course at the Waterford Institute of Technology, to support him on one or two of his own songs, having all performed together at some point. This support coming in the form of an additional guitar, bass and drums – Enter: Emmet Conefery, a singer/songwriter/guitarist, Sean Carey [Bass] and Eddy Blake [Drums]. Sean & Eddy were developing a reputation as the two ‘go-to’ guys in the area of rhythm at this point, having performed on several performances and recordings in various genres.
The guys recorded some rough versions of what turned out to be some of Anna-Liese’s first set of songs. The recordings went pretty well which inspired the four aspiring musicians to continue writing together.
It is difficult to generalise Anna-Liese. Its music encompasses slow tempos, melodic guitar passages, beautiful vocal harmonies, fast tempos, heavy riffs (often reminiscent of punk and grunge) and there is definitely some Indie-Rock in there for good measure. Each musician brings their own style to the table and each musicians’ personal taste is evident. This coupled with their musical education really distinguishes Anna-Liese from any other local act. Regardless of how you label Anna-Liese, you can be sure there is something for everybody in its repertoire.
Forward to 2016 – The 4-piece have acquired some much deserved street-credibility with a number of gigs under their belts, predominantly in Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin and Cork. The band have just completing its first EP “Chasing and Fading” and are currently preparing for the EP launch gigs, which will be taking place over April and May 2016.
2017! Anna-Liese have been working hard to bring out a second EP entiled ‘Stand On My Own’ which is currently available on ITunes, Google Play, CD Baby and Bandcamp. Anna-Liese is growing from strength-to-strength, building a reputable following and continue to establish themselves as an energetic force in the local [original] music scene.