We caught up with The Haunt, Fort Lauderdale based band fronted by siblings Anastasia and Maxamillion. With a sound akin to a crossover of The White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Haunts darkly grooving take on the modern rock and roll swagger is shirking trends and catching ears across the globe. Currently on the European leg of their tour supporting breakthrough alt-rockers Palaye Royale, their path to greatness is unfolding as they share their vision with the world.
Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To start with, how would describe your own sound?
[Max] Our sound is pretty gritty. I would classify it as Alt- Rock with a strong Blues influence.
Can you narrow it down to a song, album or artist that inspired you to start making music?
[Anastasia] That’s a tough question to answer. For me it’s kind of impossible to choose just one. When I was a little girl, I fell in love with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James and Nina Simone. When I was about 9 and first started singing, I heard an album called “Rockferry” by Duffy and I realised that I had a very similar vibe. I was really happy to hear someone new making music like that. Those were some of the first songs that I covered, so I guess you could say those artists inspired me a lot. When I got a little bit older, Amy Winehouse became one of my absolute idols, for obvious reasons I guess, based on those influences.
[Maxamillion] For me it was “American Idiot” by Green Day which first inspired me to want to make music. “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers made me fall in love with music when I was a kid and Jack White also influenced all of our first musical choices as a band.
You walk the line between a handful of styles, but what influences your music that we won’t expect?
I guess our most unexpected influence would be hip hop. Our parents are both from NY so we grew up with a lot of 90s hip hop in the house. A mix of Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Biggie, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, and A Tribe Called Quest. It’s definitely one of our favourite genres so it influences pretty much all areas of our lives.
What was it that prompted the recent name change from AnastasiaMax?
We’ve actually been considering it for a while now, and debated doing it when the album came out but we kind of dragged our feet on it- probably just because of nerves about all the logistics of it. When we got booked to join Payale Royale on The Final Boom tour we realised that the timing was right to make the switch.
Can you tell us something about yourselves that we won’t know already?
Our bass player, Natalie Smallish has actually been our manager for years, ever since we started playing as band, and our Drummer Nick Lewert and Max are NOT actually a couple.
What’s next and on the horizon for The Haunt?
Right now the French country side is on the horizon. We have 9 more shows in Europe before heading back to the states to join Palaye Royale for 33 dates in the US and Canada. When we get home we plan on immediately getting to work on recording our first full length album.
Check out their self-titled debut EP as The Haunt below.