Sun City Paradise  

Travel Profile: The Anchor 

By Sean Ritchie | Published on October 9, 2017

A five-piece, metal-core band from Denver, Colorado, The Anchor, fronted by Linzey Rae, have made a name for themselves since the viral explosion of their YouTube series, ‘Metal Kitchen’. They pride themselves on making metal-core accessible and fun for people who don’t generally listen to the genre. Ultimately, they create music to help others find a voice of understanding and simply be themselves. Ever focused on creating new music and continuing to build close relationships with their fans, The Anchor is excited to announce their recent signing to Manic Kat Records. 

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Sean Ritchie: Let’s start off with your hometown of Denver, Colorado. What really makes it home and special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor in the city? 

Linzey Rae: I think I’m kind of partial, just because I was born here. I just love the state, because it’s my home. But, the thing that I love the most about Colorado is that the weather is really, really great. We get all four seasons here. The mountains are also right there, so if you like skiing or snowboarding you can hit a slop within 30 minutes out of Denver. It was a cool place to grow up, because it’s very outside oriented. As a kid, we were always doing something outside. 

The other thing about Denver is it’s super artistic, even outside of the music scene. There’s a huge art district in the city, with a ton of galleries doing shows all the time. They do this thing called the Chalk Art Festival where they close half of downtown. People will then draw these amazing murals throughout the streets — really cool. The music scene is awesome too. It’s a great place to be if you’re an artist.

SR: That’s interesting that art is so prevalent there. To bring it back a little bit, what was your first exposure to music? How was it introduced into your life? 

LR: I was always in the music scene since I was a kid. I did symphonic band, which I think almost everybody did at some point or another; I played flute. I remember being either eight or nine years old and I heard a Joan Jett song. I thought it was so cool. My dad then went out and bought me her CD and I was totally addicted to it. Two months later I stopped playing the flute and started playing guitar. I then played in really terrible bands all throughout middle school and high school. 

It’s always just been something that’s been part of my life. My whole family is super music oriented. We all either sing or play an instrument. So, it’s always been kind of around me. What I think really got me into metal the genre was going to a show and just experiencing how the music made people feel, and how it brought people together. That kind of started the whole progression of doing this.

SR: For sure! To continue the story, how did The Anchor become a band? 

LR: So, it started off and I always joke about it, but we all met on Craigslist. Which sounds sketchy, but it’s not nearly as sketchy as it sounds. I had just recently left one of my bands and I wanted to start something new. I bought this cheap $40 bass, found this ad on Craigslist about a band tryouts, and I went. They weren’t actually going to choose me, because I’m pretty terrible at bass. But, they were like, “It would be awesome if we had a chick in the band.” We just have been together ever since.

SR: That’s great to hear. Now, you guys have a bit of news, you just signed with Manic Kat Records. Talk about that signing with the label. 

LR: We’re just super pumped, honestly. We’re really excited to have a team behind us to help us grow and get out there. Everybody at Manic has been so nice. They’ve been super welcoming to us. We’re hoping that The Anchor and Manic can grow together, and really establish and develop our brands. 

SR: That’s great, congrats! Now, to kind of tie music and travel together, how do the two fit together in your life? 

LR: As a band, we go on tour and that’s where the traveling comes in. I think that’s one of the coolest parts about being in a band. You make your music and you do have your online connection with your fans, but when you get to travel to those cities, meet those people and build those connections it’s just super cool. It makes it really real. It’s really important to the growth and overall health of a band.

SR: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world? 

LR: It’s really a feeling that I don’t know how to put into words. We’ve had people drive five or six hours to come see us at a show. They come to us and they share these stories with us. It doesn’t have the same meaning over the internet. To be able to meet these people, actually hear these stories and be able to give them a hug is amazing. Any length that it took to get there doesn’t matter at that point, because everyone’s under one roof feeling connected. 

SR: Bringing it into your personal travels a little bit, when you do have some down time and are looking to get away, are you more of a beach kind of person? Looking for the mountains? Or, are you searching for a city somewhere? 

LR: That’s so hard! I love the mountains just because I grew up with them. I also love a city though, just because they all are so unique. That was what was so cool about going on a major tour, we got to go to all these cities. There’s these quirky things about all of them that I love. They all have their own customs, cultures and food that they eat. There’s definitely that side of me that wants to see a big city, even though I love Colorado and that side of things.

SR: Everyone has a bucket list. What are three destinations that you haven’t been to, but you want to hit? 

LR: I definitely would love to go to Japan at some point. I’ve always wanted to go to Boston. I’ve always wanted to go to Salem and check out the whole witch trails area. That would be cool for me. New York too, I’ve never been there. Hopefully, with Manic Kat Records, we’ll make it over there soon and check out their stomping grounds.

SR: Lastly, the next couple of months seem busy with the new signing, what does it have in store for you? 

LR: We just finished up recording our album, so we’re looking to release that soon. We just have more tour dates coming up and music videos, all that good stuff. We’re just making new music that we’re excited to share with everyone. 

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For more on Linzey Rae and The Anchor visit their website:

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The Top 10 Music Artists Who Recorded on Facebook Live

October 3, 2017

Facebook rolled out Live Video starting in August of 2015, and it’s been quick to grow beyond a tech gimmick into an enabler for must-see moments. NASA used it to broadcast the recent solar eclipse and repairs to the International Space Station, the Walking Dead used it to reveal their Season 8 trailer and Elizabeth Warren used it to broadcast a Coretta Scott King letterimmediately after being silenced on the Senate floor. 

Music artists have been flocking to the platform to interact directly with their fans on their phones, computer screens and living room TVs. The ten artists on this list have taken the trend to the next level by recording albums and songs live on Facebook, even taking live feedback from their fans about the final product. 

This post is sponsored by Woodstock Sessions, a producer of unique session/performance hybrids that allow fans to experience the process of record-making in person. They’ve hosted sessions with artists like Rich Robinson (of the Black Crowes), Marco Benevento, Team Sleep, and more. 

This month, they’re streaming their live experience to Facebook and Youtube, with the following sessions on the way:

6. The Anchor’s Born of Osiris cover 

Date: November 27, 2016 
Audience: 59k views and 2.6k total engagements 

Melodic metalcore band, The Anchor, recorded a Facebook Live cover of a popular song by metal band Born of Osiris. Viewers could witness the levels of the recording while watching front-woman in front of the mic. Creatively, The Anchor gained lots of traction on this post by offering fans to share it and win some free goodies.

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Meet Our New Friend – Linzey Rae 

Jul 31, 2017 12:19 PM

Linzey Rae is a metal vocalist and singer-songwriter of The Anchor; a five-piece, female fronted, metalcore band from Denver, CO.

The Anchor and Linzey Rae made a name for themselves with the viral explosion of their YouTube series, Metal Kitchen. The Anchor prides themselves on making metalcore accessible and fun for people who don’t generally listen to the genre. Ultimately, The Anchor creates music to help others find a voice of understanding and simply be themselves. 

We recently had a chance to chat with Linzey after she created a metal vocal tutorial for July’s ‘Sanrio Friend of the Month’, Aggretsuko. Get ready to rage with Linzey! 


We always have to ask, which Sanrio character is your favorite?: Chococat! Whenever I come across Chococat merchandise, I always impulse buy it. Always. 

How long have you been a Sanrio fan?: I’ve loved Sanrio and Hello Kitty for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I had Hello Kittyeverything. I was basically the easiest kid to shop for. 

You recently got back from tour, how was it?:It was amazing! We got to finally meet all of our fans and make tons of new friends. We ate tons of awesome food and saw so many new places. The thing I will remember most about the tour was seeing so many people, night after night, connect with our music, connect with us, and connect with other people. Every night was so amazing and was spent with amazing people.

How long have you been with your band?: We’ve been together for about 3 years now. We all came from very different musical backgrounds, which has made this band fun to be in. We each have unique ideas and bring something different to the table. They’re the brothers I never had and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of weirdos to play music with. 

How did you get into metal?: My older sister and I were really into J-pop growing up. We loved listening to Utada Hikaru, Gackt, Aiyumi Hamisaki, the works. Then the “it’s not a phase mom” phase hit and she became obsessed with J-rock and Visual Kei.  All she listened to was Gazzette and Dir En Grey. I was like twelve years old when she gave me one of Dir En Grey’s albums and I became obsessed. I loved the harsh vocals and heavy guitar riffs. Something about that style of music was really cool to me. 

I explored a lot of Japanese metal bands before finding my first American metal band, The Devil Wears Prada. At that point I was hooked. I think what really draws me into metal is the emotion. It’s so raw. Every little piece of it tells a story down to the smallest detail. I feel that metal is an expression of the human experience and it makes people really feel something.

Your YouTube series, Metal Kitchen, has become a viral sensation. How did that come about?: The idea for Metal Kitchen was actually a huge inside joke.  People rag on metal all the time for thinking that you can’t understand a single word of it. So we joked that we could sing about anything, even food, in our songs and no one would know the difference. From there we came up with the idea of creating parodies of songs and changing the lyrics to cooking food. I remember uploading the video and thinking to myself that is was such a stupid idea. I would have never guessed in a million years that it would become a viral hit. 

We also love your other series, Scream it Like a Girl! Can you tell us more about that?: We started making those videos just to get better at making home recordings and start off our YouTube channel. The name of the series came about because of the rarity of women in metal. It can be tough being a girl in a very male dominated scene, but girls can do anything guys can do, no problem.  We decided to play tribute to the “do it like a girl” saying and show that girls can be just as capable. I hope those videos will encourage other girls to step up to the plate and follow their dreams, regardless of the stigmas. 

Gonna switch it up a bit here, how did you find out about Aggretsuko?: My older sister, who was in the tutorial, sent me the Aggrestuko introduction video a few months back because it reminded her of me. I thought the video was so funny and I totally related to it. I almost have the same life as Aggrestuko. During the day I am a middle school teacher and by night, I’m playing in a metal band. I can definitely identify with Aggretsuko’s personality.

It seems that a lot of people can totally identify with a metal loving red panda. As an amazingly talented metal female vocalist – what are your thoughts about this?: I think it’s amazing. Most people I know that love metal are normal people with normal lives and jobs. You would be surprised how many people actually listen to metal and you don’t even know it. In fact, I just found out one of my colleagues loves metal. I would have never of guessed it because she’s this sweet little teacher. It’s almost like we all live these double lives like Aggretsuko. Even if you don’t listen to metal, I think we all have our moments throughout the day where we want to rage a little. 

So… what’s next for Linzey Rae and the Anchor?: The Anchor is gearing up to record our next album, Summer EP, which is anticipated to release in December 2017. We also have a few more tours planned in future. For the YouTube channel, we have some awesome new video concepts in the works that we are excited to share with everyone.

Thank you, Linzey Rae for the teaching everyone how to release their inner Aggretsuko scream and for taking the time to speak with us! 

Fun fact, Linzey Rae did all the editing on the tutorial while she was on tour with The Anchor! Be sure to follow both Linzey Rae and The Anchor for more!


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Metal Injection  

Make Ratatouille With This BORN OF OSIRIS Cover & Cooking Instructional



Linzey Rae of The Anchor is back once more, trying to teach y'all how to cook whilst still retaining her metal credibility. This time around she's got a cover of Born Of Osiris's "The Other Half Of Me," which doubles as an instructional on how to make yourself a damn fine ratatouille. 

Seriously, when has Rae failed you before? 


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Metal Injection  

This LAMB OF GOD Thanksgiving Parody / Cooking Instructional Video Is What You Need Right Now!
By Metal Injection - November 17th

Linzey Rae of The Anchor has been making awesome cooking instructional videos for a while now, and she hit it out of the park again, with this perfectly timed Thanksgiving tutorial to the tune of Lamb of God. Damn, I want turkey like right now! 

Catch up with all of her awesome cooking videos: 

The Most Metal Shepard's Pie Cooking Instructional Video You'll Ever See 
Here's A Black Bean Burger Recipe To The Tune Of A MISS MAY I Song 
Here's A Crabcore Instructional On How To Make A Gumbo 
Kids' Clean Version of ATTILA's "About That Life" Better Than The Original 

[via ThePRP]

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Here's A Crabcore Instructional On How To Make A Gumbo
by Metal Injection - October 18th

We've posted about Linzey Rae and her Metal Kitchen instructional before, but now it's time for Rae to take us to the darkest corner of the mid-2000s. I'm talking about an Attack Attack! styled song and an instructional about making a gumbo. The gumbo part is good! The crabcore part is definitely creative, but I also like to pretend that bands like Design The Skyline never, ever happened. 

Oh well, at least it involves food.

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Linzey Rae, Studio One and a Crab Costume Walk into a Kitchen… 
October 7, 2016 by  Chad Schoonmaker

Many PreSonus customers ask, “what’s the deal with the Cajun recipes in the back of PreSonus manuals?” May seem odd coming from an audio company, agreed. The truth is, we think it’s cool. We’re a Louisiana company and we’re proud of it. Good food and good music go hand in hand, especially in Louisiana. 

We thought it would be fun to combine those things so we hooked up our friend and PreSonus artist Linzey Rae from the band The Anchor with a classic Louisiana recipe for gumbo for one of her Metal Kitchenepisodes. Bon Appetit!

She pronounced “andouille sausage” correctly and that makes all of us happy. Can’t wait to hear what’s next from Linzey and The Anchor! Thank you for sharing and for using Studio One! 

Subscribe to Linzey’s YouTube page HERE and follow along on all their musical ventures HERE! 
Try out Studio One for free HERE!

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Grand Valley Live  

The Anchor Ascends 
By Greg Hartman

The Anchor is not a typical metal band.  Of course, almost every band tries to do something to stand out, but the Anchor achieves this by not trying at all.  They don’t try to fit into any of metal’s regular tropes and instead stand squarely where they first find themselves:  enjoying playing music for their fans, friends, and family.  The lead singer is a high school teacher, the band went viral for food recipies, and the lead guitarist doesn’t have a metal face to speak of.  They are also play incredibly tight metal core with vocals that scream and growl better than many national acts. 

The Anchor’s core has been Cory Henaire and Linzey Rae, who have played together for several years.  They have added guitarist Ryan Miller, a drummer known only as Aaron, and bassist Page Dante to record their first full album.  Cory creates the blueprints to the songs, which then are passed along for the band to learn and adjust.  The music is heavily influenced by August Burns Red and Atreyu, yet stands on its own.  Linzey handles the lyrics and primary vocals.  Yes, you didn’t misread that.  The voice you hear on their first commercially available single, “Greenbow County” is the young English teacher standing in the middle of the group picture.

Linzey has become a minor internet sensation since a video went viral in January.  She presented a recipe for shepherd's pie using her full-metal growls, which has resulted in over 1.3 million views and mentions on Metal Insider and Billboard.  Its hard to argue with her delivery of: “home cooked meals do less to my thighs/ I choose to make shepherd's pie”.  The band has continued to create great Youtube content, with covers of metal core staples and more tongue in cheek productions like A-ha’s “Take on Me” with Hannah Maddox of Scarlet Canary.  Despite the extra attention these novelties bring, the band sticks to their original material in concert.

Those original songs are what make The Anchor a can’t-miss show.  Lyrically, Linzey draws on life experiences to convey the message that “it's okay not to be okay”.  Their motivational message is a badge of pride for the group.  Screaming an allegory from a Dr. Suess story (“The Waiting Place”) can be just as emotional as the anger found in other metal.  The band is not angry and doesn’t try and push a false front, as epitomized by Cory smiling ear to ear whenever he plays a breakdown.  Metal purists be damned, The Anchor stays true to themselves.

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Alternative Press  

Kidz Bop goes Attila is real—listen 
July 21 2016, 4:21 PM EDT By Caitlyn Ralph

The headline really says it all. We now have Attila, Kidz Bop edition, for all our ears to listen and eyes to see. Watch YouTuber Linzey Rae and her band the Anchor perform a Kidz Bop version of "About That Life" by Attila and certainly leave us a comment with your thoughts.
Attila frontman Fronz has taken a liking to the cover, adding it to his Twitter page.
Also, popular YouTuber and 2016 APMAs presenter Jarrod Alonge even gave his approval in the comments, saying "I wish I had thought to do this. 10/10."
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