New Audio: Post Animal Releases a Shimmering Prog Rock-like Single

With the release of 2018’s self-produced, critically applauded full-length debut, When I Think of You In A Castle, the Chicago-based prog pop act Post Animal— Dalton Allison (bass, vocals), Jake Hirshland (guitar, keys, vocals), Javi Reyes (guitar, vocals), Wesley Toledo (drums, vocals), and Matt Williams (guitar) — received attention nationally for a kaleidoscopic, guitar-heavy sound.

Released late last year, “Safe or Not” was part of the first batch of new material from the Chicago-based act since the release of When I Think of You In A Castle, and the single was a decided chance in sonic direction for the band. Arguably, the most dance floor friendly track the band has released to date, the track was centered around shimmering guitars, four-on-the-floor drumming, glistening synths, a sinuous bass line and a motorik-like groove.

“We wanted to leave the content more open ended for the listener to navigate, but it’s about self reflection,” the members of Post Animal explain in press notes. “We played around with more somber, serious lyrical content over a particularly dance-oriented song to juxtapose how one may feel internally versus how they’re outwardly portraying themselves in the moment.”

Interestingly, the first batch of new material the Chicago-based band released late last year serves as the first taste of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Forward Motion Godsyssey next month through Polyvinyl Records. “Fitness,” the album’s third and latest single is a slow-burning track centered around atmospheric synths, rolling congo-led percussion, shimmering guitars, a brief yet gorgeous string arrangement for most of the song’s length, a blazing power chord-driven bridge before ending in a shimmering and moody coda. Sonically, the track bears an uncanny resemblance to Black Sabbath‘s “Planet Caravan” but with a prog rock bent.

Post Animal will be embarking on a month-long European tour throughout February. They’ll return to North America for a lengthy tour that includes a March 14, 2020 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the tour dates below.

 

Tour Dates
02/16 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds %
02/17 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow %
02/18 – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny 2
02/19 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Victoria Warehouse %
02/20 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy %
02/22 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace %
02/24 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Bar
02/25 – Paris, France @ Supersonic
02/26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
02/27 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
02/28 – Berlin, Germany @ Maze
03/10 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
03/11 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
03/12 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom
03/14 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/17 – Washington, DC @ DC9
03/18 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/19 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
03/20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
03/21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
03/24 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/25 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – Upstairs
03/26 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
03/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
04/03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
04/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
04/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
04/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
04/11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
04/14 – Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto
04/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
04/16 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
04/17 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
04/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04/23 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04/24 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
% w/ Cage the Elephant, SWMRS
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