Annuals (band)

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This article is about the music group. For other uses, see Annual (disambiguation).
Annuals-Lollapalooza 2007.jpg
Annuals at Lollapalooza, 2007
Background information
Origin Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Genres Indie rock
Alternative rock
Experimental rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Canvasback, Ace Fu, Terpsikhore, Banter Media
Associated acts Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, Arcade Fire, The Dear Hunter, The Flaming Lips
Members Adam Baker
Kenny Florence
Mike Robinson
Zack Oden
Nick Radford
Devin Downey
Matt Ramey
Past members Josh Pope
Anna Spence
George Goodwin

Annuals is an indie rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina. The band was started by Adam Baker in 2003 as a side project of another band called Sunfold, which was led by Annuals lead guitarist Kenny Florence. Early demos and releases from both projects were initially put out by their own imprint called Terpsikhore, which was headed up by bassist Mike Robinson and partner JK Horne.

Ace Fu Records signed Annuals in the fall of 2005 and then released their debut LP Be He Me on October 17, 2006.

Annuals appeared as the No. 25 entry in Pitchfork Media's "Infinite Mixtape" series with their song "Brother", and have also made appearances on,, Stereogum, I Guess I'm Floating, the Underrated, Brooklyn Vegan, and EarFarm (among others) - earning them a newfound reputation for being a "blog band." In the mid-2000s they were frequently compared to the Arcade Fire.[1] and became known for their intense live shows.

They made their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing the song "Carry Around", and came back in October 2008 for a second show, playing "Confessor", the opening track from their album, Such Fun.

The January 24, 2007 episode of Veronica Mars ("Show Me the Monkey") used a large portion of the song "Fair".

Annuals' second album, Such Fun, was released on October 7, 2008 via Canvasback/Terpsikhore records.[2]

In December 2011, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that a forthcoming studio album, Born Raised, would be released in 2012, preceding a tour.[3]

On April 23, 2013, Annuals released their long awaited follow up to Such Fun, "Time Stamp". It was released digitally and is available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon, among other music downloading sites.

On July 2, 2013, Annuals announced through their Facebook that they would be playing their "last show for the foreseeable future" on July 27th.

Band members[edit]

  • Adam Baker - Producer/Vocals/Guitar/Percussion
  • Nick Radford - Drums
  • Mike Robinson - Bass
  • Zack Oden - Guitar/Drums
  • Devin Downey - Keys/Percussion/Vocals
  • Whit Wright - Pedal Steel
  • Kenny Florence - Lead Guitar/Vocals/Percussion
  • Anna Spence - Keyboard/Vocals


  • Lay Down Dry (Terpsikhore, 2005)
  • Git' Got EP (Terpsikhore, 2006)
  • Be He Me (Ace Fu, 2006)
  • Big Zeus (Ace Fu, 2007) UK-Only EP
  • Frelen Mas (Ace Fu, 2007) Digital-Only EP
  • Wet Zoo (Ace Fu, 2008) EP
  • Such Fun (Canvasback, 2008)
  • Sweet Sister (Banter, 2010) EP
  • Count the Rings (Souterrain Transmissions, 2010)
  • Time Stamp (self-released, 2013) Digital-Only


  • Brother (Virgin Records Ltd., 2007)
  • Fair (Ace Fu, 2007)
  • Confessor (Canvasback, 2008)


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