When the somewhat mysterious and criminally underrated local supergroup Contra took the stage at our 200th Issue Party at LowBrau just a couple months back, frontman Kris Anaya (Doombird, An Angle) said something to the effect of, and I’m paraphrasing here, “We don’t have any music for sale, so just listen and enjoy it.” Well, turns out, after enough pressure from friends, fans and local press, Contra is finally readying the release of their first proper EP. “The seven-song album was compiled around a three year period,” Anaya told Submerge just last week. “We decided we finally wanted to put something out. I would say this was because the Browns [brothers Zac and Dusty Brown of Tycho, I’m Dirty Too, Dusty Brown, and Little Foxes] pressured me into doing it, those bastards.” Anaya mentioned that the EP was recorded and produced almost entirely by himself and the Brown brothers, with the exception of the drums, which were engineered by Robert Cheek (Band of Horses, Tera Melos, Chelsea Wolfe). For now the plan is to just give the album out for free at the release show at Harlow’s on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 and to put it up on Soundcloud after that. They’re also kicking around the idea of doing a physical release, but aren’t sure yet. “This recording was made for fun and just for the pure enjoyment of music and in no way do we look to benefit financially from this music. We would love it if people just came out to the shows, listened to the music and enjoyed their time in a room, that’s basically the single greatest joy we share, our love for music.” When playing live, Contra is composed of six excellent local players: Dan Block, Joel Daniel, Brian Gogineni, Dusty and Zac Brown, and Kris Anaya. You really owe it to yourself to catch this band live! Learn more at Facebook.com/contraaband.

    Jonathan Carabba

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