Drummer John Anderson began his music career as the drummer for the Kansas City rock band Boys Life. This group came to be in 1993, influenced by bands such as Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi. The other members of the quartet were vocalist and guitarist Brandon Butler, guitarist Joe Winkle, and bassist John Rejba. Boys Life had a personality of its own, captured fairly well on a series of releases for labels such as Flapjack, Synergy, and Hit It!. Cargo shipped out the band's final statement, entitled Departures & Landfalls. With half the band saying farewell, then joining the Farewell Bend, the drummer continued trying to live a musical Boys Life by literally bringing in a Boilermaker, that is, a musician from that band who called himself Terin.
Anderson's next career move could be be literally interpreted as a statement of maturity, as he moved from the now dead Boys Life to Lullaby for the Working Class. This was a group that originated in Lincoln, NB about a year after Boys Life was originally formed, based around a nucleus of multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis and his guitar-strumming and songwriting pal Ted Stevens. Anderson toured with the unit, but does not appear on any of the three albums the group released on the Bar None label. He does play on the Matt Suggs release from 2000 entitled Golden Days Before They End, on the other hand. Suggs was half of the Lawrence, KS Butterglory band, and since going on his own has found Anderson a logical choice for drum accompaniment. The drummer could complain about being confused with the country singer of the same name -- it appears wherever he sets up his drums, someone comes up and asks for "Swingin' -- but would first rather gripe about being mistaken for the John Anderson who played drums for Alice Cooper, not to mention the John Anderson who forged grooves of solid gold for soulman Luther Vandross.