Band: LONELY ANIMALSGenres: Punk / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Ambient / Skramz / Shoegaze
Related artists: Commuovere.
Country: Québec City, Québec CANADA
Years Active: 2012-present
Song: "Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone)"
Album: "Let this Love Live Until I'm Gone"
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2015 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the May Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2015 Mix#6 here.
For fans of: Suis La Lune, Saetia, Bright Calm Blue, Congratulations, La Quiete, Via Fondo, GRYSCL, Animal Faces, La Dispute and Sinking Steps, Rising Eyes aka PROPER SCREAMO.
LONELY ANIMALS have a stranglehold on the soft screamo sound. That's not to say the band sounds soft, but the majority of guitars that they employ are clean and very melodic. Take the utterly fantastic "Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone)" as a prime example, boasting extremely intricate guitar work to a danceable vibe and screamed vocals and a superb instrumental jam at 2:28. When I asked my wife what band this song sounded like she immediately replied, "Saetia. A lot like Saetia." I couldn't believe I didn't hear it initially but she was definitely right, minus the crazy high pitched screaming, as this is just regular screaming. I have yet to hear a song that captures me in the same way as "Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone)" which is square in the heart, but all of their material is worth checking out.
From the new EP 'Let this Love Live Until I'm Gone' "Intro" and "Nothing" don't do anything for me except detract from the album, because I'm a greedy piece of shit. "Love Poetry" has some military-esque drumming before the guitars have you whirling around the song like a tornado that leaves a wake of beauty, instead of destruction. At 3:05 the dual vocals kill it and lead out the very midwestern emo sound of the mid-late 1990s. "Winter Solstice" is an emotional roller coaster with three members sharing the vocal duties, and Gabrielle's vocals that begin just after one minute and continue throughout the entirety of the track taking the cake for me. It's so good part of me thinks it should be the final song. "The Saddest Landscape" is a very loose composition with vast amounts of space, silence and demands anticipation. That being said it doesn't really pay off, as the bare, long and drawn out beginning takes center stage for the first five minutes which is a bit too long for me, but then subtly builds to a pretty intense climax that explodes at 7:30. "Dead Birds Don't Sing" is another long song at 6:24 which is like a novel, as it contains a lot of chapters and has a certain flow to it that lends to this particular analogy, with the climax coming (ha) at 4:37. Speaking of climax, there are definitely some bass lines that remind me of 80s movies or porn right before the screaming section and it kicks major ass.
On December 5th of 2014 I was lucky enough to catch a set of theirs at The Crydome in Toronto. I filmed the entire set and have posted it below my three favourite album songs. It was an emotionally stirring experience as the band put on an extremely earnest and passionate set that left me stunned. Here's a link to the show review.
2013 - Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone) single (stream/donate/download here)
2014 - Let this Love Live Until I'm Gone LP (stream/donate/download here)
(2013) LONELY ANIMALS - "Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone)" (from 'Vakarme' comp)
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "Winter Solstice" (from 'Let this Love Live Until I'm Gone')
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "Love Poetry" (from 'Let this Love Live Until I'm Gone')
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "new song" (from live set Dec. 2014 at The Crydome)
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "Love Poetry" (from live set Dec. 2014 at The Crydome)
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "Raining Inside (I Wish I Wasn't Alone)" (from live set Dec. 2014 at The Crydome)
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "The Saddest Landscape" (from live set Dec. 2014 at The Crydome)
(2014) LONELY ANIMALS - "Dead Birds Don't Sing" (from live set Dec. 2014 at The Crydome)
LONELY ANIMALS additional links