Brooklyn-based alternative rock band, Spirit Animal, have made an impressive mark on the music scene with their wildly exciting and absurdly catchy signature sound. Blending an expansive landscape of musical influences, they’ve been coined as a chaotic combination of rock and pop, fueled by the unruly aesthetics of psych and funk. The band released their second EP, World War IV, via Wind-Up Records in February 2016 to an overwhelmingly positive response. The EP’s breakout single “Regular World,” which The Deli Magazine raved “manages to be anthemic, punch, and cheeky at once,” has garnered praise and over 3 million collective track streams.
Today (and just in time for Halloween), Spirit Animal have partnered with horror site Bloody Disgusting to unveil a spectacularly bloody and brutal music video, which features Muay Thai champion fighters, for their World War IV EP standout track, “Big Bad Road Dog”. When asked about the treatment for the video, vocalist Steve Cooper shared, “Growing up, a lot of kids idolize movie stars, enjoy play-fighting, and are drawn to toy weapons, but unless you decide to become an actor you don't explore the possibility of actually making an action film. Even as artists who have released some pretty wild videos and are constantly challenging ourselves in terms of character and concept development, we don't walk around every day thinking, "I can't wait to get put in a chokehold by a Muay Thai champion," or, "when is the next time I'm going to pretend to beat someone to a bloody pulp?" This video let us realize those fantasies without having to spend our entire lives striving for them.”
The brainchild of explosive singer Steve Cooper, drummer Ronen Evron, bassist Paul Michel, and guitarist Cal Stamp, Spirit Animal draws on a range of influences from early rap and trip-hop influences -- think Tricky, Outkast, El-P -- to the songwriting of greats like the Talking Heads and Tom Petty. Resulting in a catalog of earworm songs that have something seemingly familiar about them yet are still innovative and boundary pushing. The band created a stir with their debut EP, 'This Is A Test' and pair of stellar standalone tracks -- “The Black Jack White” which garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify, and “BST FRNDS” that appeared on mtvU.
In addition to their undeniable music Spirit Animal’s live show is an experience. They put on a performance like true entertainers with concert made for arenas and amphitheaters. Having shown they are the full package and a force to be reckoned with, Spirit Animal caught the attention of Wind-Up Records and signed a deal with the New York-based indie label for the release of their ‘World War IV EP’ in 2016.
SPIRIT ANIMAL WHAT A WORLD TOUR
12/2 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
12/4 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
12/5 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
12/6 -- Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
12/7 -- Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival Room
12/8 -- St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill (Duck Room)
12/9 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
12/10 -- St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
12/11 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
12/14 -- Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
12/15 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
12/16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
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