Like Animals – Feral (EP) (2016)
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
For fans of Mars Volta, Fall of Troy, Protest The Hero, Every Time I Die
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“From the small town of Orillia, ON, comes a sound that blends “Protest the Hero, The Mars Volta, The Dillinger Escape Plan and […] the nightmarish funk catastrophe of Mr. Bungle” – The Running Board Press
“Trying to decipher the intricate structures and dramatic time changes is impossible – [they are] one of the MOST talented bands I have EVER heard” – Scootmachine Entertainment
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The Lions Share (4:00)
Lounge Lizard (4:26)
The Jungle Book of Love (3:31)
EP Length: 19:45
– All songs performed and written by: Like Animals
– Produced, Mixed, Mastered by: Neil Devereaux
– CD Cover Album Artwork: Danielle Caouette
Album and Live Band lineup: Jamie Haffenden – guitars, Will Tennant – Drums, Myke Caouette – Bass
The album explained by the band:
From lineup change to personal hardships, feral is an honest view at how powerful emotion and dedication can be. A raw yet polished album encapsulates the feel and frenetic energy of past albums, while bringing forth a much more mature, refined sound. Soaring vocals, a battery of percussion, and meaty bass blends into a rich soundscape of changing moods.
Track by track explained by the band:
Feral – a very fitting opener. A dark, moody introduction, which quickly amps up the pace. Vocals soar, guitars wail. Things get quirky midway. Up and down and then up again, finally coming to a grinding halt like a bus about to smash ya
Lions share – a good, catchy tune that people can easily sing along to and groove to. Very groovy and more straight forward, but on the drop of a dime, things take a turn and get aggressive and frantic. It leaves you on the edge of your seat with an eery, dissonant buildup, ending finally with harmonized vocals and enough swagger to make any alleycat proud.
Lounge lizard – easily the most eclectic song on the record. Dancy, poppy, but still emotionally charged and ingenious sections from all instruments. There’s a surfy riff which then quickly evaporates Into probably the heaviest, most raw part in the whole record, with Jamie shrieking in a manner that would scare any fierce tiger away, finally ending in a sweet serenade.
Caterwaul – a spastic, fast paced tune that is reminiscent of early like animals. Things rip along at a quick pace and shifts into 5th gear with a punkish feel, with a very brief reprieve, aware of the assault to come. slick guitar licks atop a bluesy frenetic bass line that lock in with powerful, thundering drums get your head banging, and then melts away leaving you recovering but still locked tight in the slow atmospheric groove. Probably the first guitar solo that made it into a tune. The end fades away in to an eery scene with harmonic vocals.
Jungle book of love – the arse kicker of the album, a sonic assault saved for last. The ambience starts you off in the mists of a jungle and quickly you have the pack upon you, tearing you limb from limb. Sweet as sugar vocals over a pounding rhythm keep the train going. Eventually breaks into a bizarre formula, showing the mathy technical side of the band. Slow the pace only briefly, in a Mike Patton-esque, eery buildup, reminiscent of Tomahawk. Bass and drums keep locked in together while guitar riffs over top, creating a locomotive force. Ends off quite aggressively with haunting vocals.
L – R – Will Tennant – Drums/Backing Vocals, Jamie Haffenden – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Myke Caouette- Bass/Backing Vocals
Photo Credit: Travis Tiernay [Download High Res Photo]
Like Animals are breaking free of the constricting chains of modern music and are busy creating their own uninhibited style of spastic-math-metal graced with emotionally-charged vocals. Like a wild animal each member maintains a sense of chaos through their arpeggio guitar and bass sections, unorthodox drums peppered with dynamic changes, and finally tempered by the wavering vocals soaring just slightly above the instrumentals both in tone and feeling. The beasts within the band each perform vocal duties a sound akin to a coyote-esque choir featuring Jamie Haffenden on guitar and lead vocals, Will Tennant on drums, Myke Caouette on bass.
Their name is synonymous with their song-writing and attitude, where they are part of a pack, but still remain hungry and solitary, like a stray animal. Their 400-show track record over the years reveals their dedication to their craft having shared the stage with such bands as Fuck The Facts, Dog Fashion Disco, Adrenechrome, Downtown Brown, Scale The Summit, Polkadot Cadaver, Teethmarks and many more.
With four animal-themed EPs in tow (‘Sweet Whispers, Plagued Ears, The Undertoad, The Wild) and their new release called ‘Feral’ due out on January 22nd, 2016, the band is constantly working to create a continuously more mature and higher caliber sound. The group hunts and writes as a unit by drafting and evolving each song with each giving their own input.
Lyrics contend with themes such as: self-doubt, lack of self-worth, depression, anxiety, and the like. Like Animals continue to push the boundaries of the several genres which they base their experimental music on while committing to the best music they can produce.
The Wild (2014)
2012 EP (2012)
The Undertoad (2010)
Sweet Whispers, Plagued Ears (2009)
Shared the stage with: Fuck The Facts, Orchids Curse, Waster, Dog Fashion Disco, We Were the Fires of Rome, Adrenechrome, Downtown Brown, Scale The Summit, Trioscapes, Polkadot Cadaver, Dead Ranch, Teethmarks
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