Earlier this summer, fans of Anthony Green got something they’d been waiting a long time for: his return to the beloved emo band Saosin. Numbering myself among them, I had the opportunity to see Green perform with the band, and any doubts about whether or not he could still bring the heat with the high notes were quickly dispelled.
In the intervening years, Green has played in numerous other bands, including Circa Survive, all while writing songs for his solo act. The latest from that incarnation of the prolific artist is Pixie Queen.
“These songs aren’t just about how my wife and I love each other,” Green says of the album. “They’re about how we hate each other sometimes. We don’t just help each other grow; we’ve held each other back. Love is not one thing all the time. It’s beautiful and it’s wild and it’s free and it’s hard. There’s all these peaks and valleys. It can be creative or destructive. But the only way you’ll ever feel anything remotely like the fairy tale ideas of love is by getting through the suffering.”
One song on the album that he didn’t write himself, but is no less affecting, and effective, is “Cellar.”
“The song was originally written by my friend Jeremy SH Griffith,” he says. “I heard a working demo of it on an overnight drive and it possessed me. All I wanted to do was learn it, fuck with it and play it all the time. So happy to have it be part of this album, because it feels exactly like I wanted to say.”
“I can see it in your eyes. I can see the way you compromise,” Green sings in the stripped-down acoustic performance video. If that’s not love and marriage right there then nothing is.
Pixie Queen is out September 9th on Memory Music.