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Animal Years

Brooklyn’s Animal Years bring a fresh face to indie roots rock. With influences ranging from early Kings of Leon and My Morning Jacket to Young The Giant and The Avett Brothers, Animal Years is driven by Mike McFadden’s crisp vocals and magnetic poise, featured on their debut record, Sun Will Rise, released May 6th, 2014.

Free-wheeling, feel-good melodies and smooth ringing guitars shine on Sun Will Rise. From the glorious opening track and first single, “Meet Me” to rockabilly closer, “Walking Slow,” the quartet delivers indie rock with grace. Title track “Sun Will Rise” blossoms with country/folk tinges, and dancy “Forget What They’re Telling You” crescendos with impassioned vocals and guitar strums. Sun Will Rise showcases the delicacy and introspection behind songwriting and draws on the strengths of McFadden’s seasoned voice and multi-instrumental abilities.

Mike McFadden (lead vocals, guitar, and banjo), who adopted the moniker Animal Years to break out of the solo singer/songwriter category, is backed by Anthony Saladino (bass) and Anthony Spinnato (drums). McFadden released 3 solo albums while living in Baltimore, MD, before moving to New York in October 2012. When McFadden moved to Brooklyn, he recruited former bandmate Saladino, and newcomer Spinnato to flesh out his sound at live shows.


My Bands Sessions

Wednesday, March 18
 

1:50pm

 
Saturday, March 21
 

8:00pm