Formed 2003.

Indie-pop from North Carolina


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. 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Count the Rings

    Count the Rings 2010

    Reviewed by Matthew Horton
    North Carolina baroque-rockers are ambitious, but quality comes in patches.
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