If you get the voice you deserve then Little Annie-aka Annie Anxiety-aka Annie Bandez has earned every blue-hued note. A singer, composer, adventuress, chanteuse/lyricist, Reverend, raconteur, actress, self-taught painter, multi-media artist and post-modern cabaret queen. Armed with a survivor’s wanderlust that has followed a jagged, torch-lit path, and to a long, illustrious and eclectic recording career that has defied catagorisation or limitation.
Her solo LPs and numerous collaborations (with Wolfgang Press, Crass, the On-U Sound stable, Paul Oakenfold, Kid Congo Powers, Current 93, Nurse with Wound, Bim Sherman, Coil, Fini Tribe, Baby Dee, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Swans, Marc Almond and many others) span the spectrum from punk to industrial to reggae to hip-hop to torch songs to the avant-garde.
She has written three volumes of prose, appeared in numerous plays, theatre pieces, and films, and continues to tour extensively. She is currently residing in her beloved muse and hometown of New York, after a thirteen year residency in England, where she is adding to her extensive body of work. In 2006 she released Songs from The Coalmine Canary co-produced by Antony (of Antony and The Johnsons) on David Tibet’s Durtro/Jnana Records. A song from that album, “Strange Love”, was included in a Levis commercial and won a bronze award at Cannes for best use of music in a commercial. Her most recent album is the critically-acclaimed State Of Grace recorded with Cleveland-born performance artist Baby Dee. She has also published her memoirs, You Can’t Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk.
Her work with Adrian Sherwood includes the album Soul Possession (issued on the Crass sub-label Corpus Christi), Jackamo (One Little Indian) and of course, Short & Sweet, her overdue entry in the On-U Sound catalogue.
Annie recalls: “It was great … I did my first album with Adrian Sherwood and with all the Jamaicans and we’d be up for two or three days and there’d be different people coming in. They’d leave and we’d take one multi-track off and then we’d work on a Prince Far I multi-track and Sherwood was around – there were so many characters in those days. We’d be living on Guinness and cheese sandwiches. I learned a lot and it was also a lot of fun.”