Aan – “I Don’t Need Love”
Aan is a Portland-based art-rock quartet (singer-songwriter Bud Wilson, Jon Lewis, Reese Lawhon, and Andrew Klabzuba) that are putting the final touches on their debut album Amor Ad Nauseum. The band’s first single “I Don’t Need Love” is a tight ball of anxious drum syncopation, rolling bass fuzz, and a warbled web of vocal howls… Not to mention a perfect mid-song explosion of rusted wailing guitar. I asked drummer Jon Lewis about the band’s history and the influence of Radiohead on “I Don’t Need Love”.
It seems that Aan as a musical project has been around for awhile, do you mind telling us about the band and its current status?
Aan has been some form of band/project since Bud’s college days at University of Idaho. That dates back to around 2007. He relocated to Portland and has been playing under the moniker, Aan ever since. There have been quite a few lineup changes over the years and the past 14 months since I’ve been in the band, we’ve played with around 7 different guitarists.
“I Don’t Need Love” has a very sturdy sound to it, despite how many components are involved, and seems to have a strong “Airbag” rhythmic influence (melodic bassline/syncopated rhythms/etc). Was OK Computer in mind when this song was written?
It’s funny that you mention “Airbag” because the other day before our show, we were all sitting in Bud’s living room. I was reading an article about Colin Greenwood and then I put “Airbag” on right before we left for our show. I don’t really think Radiohead had an influence to this song. Bud wrote the main beat and I came up with everything else for the drums.