Don’t Miss Anvil at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday

July 28th, 2011

Anvil’s story is one with multiple chapters. Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner (not Rob Reiner) met and began playing music together in the early ’70s. They formed the band Lips in 1978. Eventually the name changed to Anvil and under that incarnation they channeled British influences, like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but did it harder and heavier. And to that end, the Toronto band’s first album, out in 1981, was aptly titled Hard ’n’ Heavy. Despite continuing to release plenty of original material and doing plenty of touring, the group undeservedly remained in obscurity. Kudlow even went as far as to say, “We’ll play gigs sometimes where there’s no one there.” But in 2008 something remarkable happened: the release of the Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that year and went on to win awards at other festivals. And then suddenly a band that had been toiling away for so long finally performed on national television—28 years after the release of its first album! Last year Anvil sold out venues on its European tour, and this year the trio released its fourteenth LP, Juggernaut of Justice. It’s been a long time coming, but Anvil plays The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. Do yourself a favor and make sure you’re there, too.