January 23, 2013
NYC-based Spirit Animal (pictured) melds decades of disparate elements in search of music at its most carnal, anthemic and party-ready. The heavy riffs and pounding rhythms create a sound seemingly from the ether, but grounded in the diversity of four gents who are gifted at the dying art of leaving it all on the stage.
Don't let puppets fool you. One look at the amusingly chaotic video for Animal City's "Mouseface", with its haphazard headbanging, extraterrestrial mascots, and the frolicking friends of band members Sal Cassato and Dakota Loesch, and one might mistakenly think they're a gang of goofballs who happen to have guitars laying around. But hearing how such limber drums, perfectly crunchy guitars, and throaty shouts compliment each other, Animal City is no laughing matter.