The Anti Delicates will rock Sammy's June 2nd

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Individually, the musical tastes of Madison Durie, Amanda Underhill, and Sarah Wade are reflected in their band, The Anti Delicates.

"We do a lot of covers," said Underhill. "I’d say ‘indie’ everything."

"90s grunge… 90s alternative rock," said Durie. "We have some oldies too, like classic rock."

"Rock – a lot of different varieties," said Wade.

Ranging in age from 27-29, it’s the music they grew up with.

"We’re eclectic," Underhill smiled.

They’ll have a chance to play their ‘indie’ music on Saturday, June 2nd, when The Anti Delicates share the stage at Sammy Krenshaw’s with two Canadian legends, opening for James Black from Finger Eleven and Brad Roberts from Crash Test Dummies.

"I’m excited because I used to listen to guys like Crash Test Dummies growing up," said Wade. "So to be opening that up is pretty cool."

Durie launched her solo career 12 years ago and Underhill 15 years ago, both as teenagers. Wade had a later start, but still brings 5-6 years solo experience to the band. They haven’t shelved their solo careers, but since forming the band two years ago – with Durie on guitar and vocals, Underhill and Wade percussion and vocals and variations of those – they are more focused on their group and enjoy the dynamics of being in a band.

"Just having the support," said Underhill. "When you’re up there by yourself it’s different than when you’re up their with other people."

"It’s helped me because I’m really nervous playing on my own," Durie admitted. "So I think it’s helping me build my confidence."

"The friendship, too," said Wade. "The friendship makes the group stick. We all have the same humor too."

"We click together very well," nodded Underhill, recalling a night in the Sammy’s audience watching Durie and Wade, and drumming along at her table. "It was like, ‘I wonder if they want a percussionist?’ So I approached Madison, then we all started jamming together."

Durie and Wade had known each other for years, and Durie knew Underhill, who had played at some shows with Wade – so it wasn’t a stretch for them to connect.

"Then it just kind of took off from there," said Underhill.

Originally known as Melodic Embrace, they changed their name to give them something with "a little more edge."

Their roles in the band change depending on the song, but harmonies tend to be front and centre.

"Lots of harmonies," Wade nodded.

"We’re trying to get more three-part harmonies now," said Durie.

"I have to work on my harmonies," said Underhill. "And then maybe in the future we’ll have ones where me or Sarah will take the lead in a song…"

"I like to harmonize," said Durie.

"Yeah, Madison’s the best at harmonizing," said Underhill.

"We all kind of switch around a little bit, dabble," said Durie. "I think we all bring something to the table and it sort of enhances our music. We can all highlight each others’ talents, I think."

Those talents include songwriting. They all have their own originals, and they’ve made suggestions to each other on those songs.

"We all have a lot of material, it’s just going through it," said Underhill.

The plan on June 2nd is to play those originals, said Durie.

"Sometimes it’s hard. We want to play originals at every show, but sometimes it seems like we lose the crowd…"

"Because people are drawn in by the more popular songs," said Underill.

"But we’ve all made the decision, we’re just going to do it – play more of our originals," said Durie.

"You want people to know that you do write music. But then when you stop playing those popular songs, people lose interest… they start getting loud. It’s already frustrating and scary playing an original to begin with, then…"

"The more you play them, the more common they’ll be," said Underhill.

The Anti Delicates, who have been building a fan base in town and have booked more shows this year compared to 2017, know their fans will appreciate the originals.

And building their social media will help, said Wade, who in the past month or so has created a Facebook page for the band, YouTube channel, and Instagram account.

"We have Instagram?" Durie asked.

"We do," Wade laughed. "But we’re still just getting the motor going for social media."

In time, they would like to expand their stage range into surrounding areas, and see where that takes them.

"I don’t think we have a set goal, like we want to get a record deal or something like that," said Durie. "I think we’re just playing shows because we love music and we want people to enjoy it. That’s the whole point of it, we want to make other people feel good."

"We’re not going to resist if anything comes from it…" said Wade.

"I don’t think we’re trying to become ‘famous’ we’re just doing it because we love it," said Durie. "And if it happens, it happens. If we get more shows, that’s great but I think…"

"Let it happen naturally," Underhill nodded.

"We are looking for more shows outside of town now," Wade noted, "so if opportunities come from that… And we’re talking about recording some songs too."

All three were grateful for opportunities presented by AGM’s Dan Dube and Shawn Winters, and Blacktop Records’ Ben Andress, and the local venues.

"I think Dan (Dube) and Shawn (Winters) have been really helping the Tillsonburg music scene," said Durie. "And Ben (Andress)."