Pop punk has a new face fronted by rising three-piece ANSON. Comprised of Anson Li (Vocals), George Tello (Bassist), and Zack Mueller (Lead Guitarist) offer an array of introspective songs about life and discovering who you are as a person, while also paying homage to the early 2000s emo rock scene that launched the careers of Taking Back Sunday, Paramore, and Jimmy Eat World.

Their latest single “Hailey” comes from the band’s debut EP entitled “To Be or Nothing At All,” which is set to released later this month on September 29th. Ahead of the EP drop, we asked Anson, George, and Zack to share with us tracks that have been formative for them as musicians. Take a listen below.

“To Be or Nothing At All” is available for pre-order here.

Taking Back Sunday – A Decade Under The Influence
“This song comes from my favorite record of all time. I cannot think of how many times this
album has saved me from my depression and has lifted me up when I’m down. No matter what
time period in my life, this song has always touched my soul with so much emotion that it
reminds me of why I write music in the first place.” – Anson

Neck Deep – Don’t Wait (ft. Sam Carter)
“I’m a fan of pop punk, this song is the perfect mix of pop punk and heavy. Wait it has Sam carter
what a surprise .” – George

Minus The Bear – Pachuca Sunrise
“‘Midnight on a Beach in the Mediterranean, and I miss you’. The first verse could be one of the
most beautifully written lines in all of indie rock and the guitars are doing some really cool lines.
This song is a masterpiece. “– Zack

Relient K – College Kids
“This song always puts me in a good mood. This particular album this song comes from always
reminds me that music is fun. The style and the lyrics of the music you make are what you want
to make of it. In this specific case, a funny song about why college sucks. We’ve all been there.” – Anson

Beartooth – Me In My Own Head
“This one is an oldie but a Goldie. I suffered with depression for a bit and this song did the trick
to pull me out. Everything can be fixed, it’s just me in my own head. “ – George

Brand New – Guernica
“Really any song off Deja Entendu can be on the list, it’s one of the albums I listen to from top to
bottom every couple days. That’s partly because of LA traffic but I digress.” – Zack

Mayday Parade – If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
“Nothing better than some old school Mayday Parade. This song always intrigued me because of
the melody as well as the notable bass and drum intro. This song has a lot of subtle cool
background production that I always have appreciated.” – Anson

City and Colour – Hello, I’m In Delaware
“This song is about being on tour and missing your loved ones. It’s helped me get through a lot of
lows on the road and there is a live version on Youtube with a full band, and it is show-stopping
stunning.” – Zack

Architects – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
“This song is powerful, and maintains a heavy beat with meaningful lyrics love it.” – George

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