What Loves Meant to Be EP
Winners of 2006 Inland Empire Music Awards for Best Indie Rock Band and Best Song, 2006 Southern California Music Award for Best Indie Rock Band! (From a local newspaper - by Arrissia Owen Turner) '.....Ann Lynn is four shaggy guys who play folky indie rock, two of whom were born and raised in Big Bear Lake. Josh and Matt Pool make up the bands nucleus..... The band's first E.P., titled 'What Love's Meant To Be,' comes out Jan. 16. And the band's song 'The Scene' shares company with nominee's for best song at the Inland Empire Music Awards at Casino Morongo Jan. 19, along with a nod for best band in the indie rock category. Things are happening fast for the brothers from a slow town. The songs started as a solo project for Josh while living in Redding. Then Matt joined in, they moved back to Big Bear, and in the last year they pulled a band together, adding bassist Tim Stafford and guitarist Steve Dunlap. Within months they were booking shows at The Lab in Costa Mesa, DiPiazza's in Long Beach, Chain Reaction in Anaheim, The Cat Club in Hollywood and now they have two big shots at getting their names on the lips of hipsters, a Jan. 15 show at Tangier Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles, and a Monday night residency at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Gigs at the venues helped jump start music careers for many indie rock faves like Richard Swift and Matt Costa, and Ann Lynn hopes to be the next..... They list Wilco on their short list of influences, early Death Cab for Cutie, and reluctantly, Bright Eyes. The king though is Bob Dylan. 'There is such a naked honesty with folk music,' Josh says. 'It's being alone and being able to express yourself through music.' Sometimes that honesty touches on the challenges of having a family and playing music. 'It's a huge inspiration in our music right now: family, struggle and the joys of family life,' Josh says. 'What Love's Meant To Be' is written for Josh's 2-year-old daughter, Esme..... Now as a foursome, the band hopes to bring in more influences like The Beatles and their unlikely hero Tom Petty. 'He's like a god to us,' Matt says. 'The simplicity of his songwriting, the acoustic tendencies, we're drawn to that.' The brothers enjoy discovering artists from different eras to see where different sounds originate. If the band does break big, they're ready to leave behind their sleepy mountain town for the big city. They're also ready to rock......'