With the release of the I Must Have Missed It album, Family Animals bring a new feel to a classic crossing of genres. Lush with addicting progressions, edgy vocals, and a classic rock edge, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems.
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With the release of the I Must Have Missed It album, Family Animals bring a new feel to a classic crossing of genres. Lush with addicting progressions, edgy vocals, and a classic rock edge, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the EP never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single and title track, “A World Within A World”, is an instant indie rock classic. Complete with a a fun poppy approach, a driving rhythm, and quirky guitar sections, the song seems to breathe and build as it plays on.
“The title 'A World Within a World' has multiple meanings. It refers to a conditional perception of reality. Every individual perceives the world differently, some very differently than the majority, making reality undefinable on a collective scale. It also refers to a separation we as people have collectively and subconsciously created between ourselves and everything else in the universe. In other words, we have created our own world to live in. The title also served as the working title for 'I must have missed it’”, explains the songwriter Jesse Viola of the bands single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Family Animlas are coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“We are usually known for being eclectic when it comes to our genre. Most people who comment on our music say how we play a lot of different styles or they can't pinpoint us for sure..that's what we originally aimed for, is to have a band that can't be pigeonholed. But for this album we wanted to have a theme in a sense, we wanted all the songs to sound cohesive as an album. But over the years we have tried all different things and have a lot of songs, a lot”, says drummer Anthony Viola of the album and songwriting approach.
Family Animals are just that for the most part, a family. Brothers Jesse and Anthony Viola, met their new neighbor Frank DeSando when they were just babies, the three of them have been like brothers ever since. Starting to learn music their early teens and pre-teen years, they became a band quickly and evolved at a pace just as fast. Eventually developing an extreme passion for music they named the band Family Animals (after a couple bad name changes) and have been writing and performing music under the name since 2008. After releasing several EP’s from 2010 and on, the I Must Have Missed It album is the epitome of the bands honed in sound.
Having shared the stage with the likes of The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Motionless In Shite, Captain We're Sinking!, Three Man Cannon, The Sw!ms, Crobot, The Extraordinaires, And the Moneynotes, Heavy Blonde, Badfish, and plenty more, the band are certainly not new to live performance and are seemigly always working on new material through out everything.
The I Must Have Missed it album is available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the band are already planning a tour on top of several shows already booked for this summer.
Scranton, Pennsylvania prog rock band Family Anmals have travelled a long way since the band’s debut release back in 2010. Last year, the band put out their second album called “I Must Have Missed It.” It is intelligent prog with an itching sense of melody.
The sound of “I Must Have Missed It” (let’s call it IMHMI from now on) is unique and draws inspiration and influences from various sources such Rush, early Pink Floyd and Genesis, with a scent of The Beatles.
After the short opening in the way of “Centipede, ” the album continues with“High” which skips along wonderfully, channeling the band’s love for the mentioned bands. “Color Me Faceless” is underlined by a psychedelic rock melody accompanied by ambient meanderings, all moving at a decidedly leisurely pace together with vocals.
This pace is expressive of the album’s relaxed atmosphere, with the mood veering toward melancholy at times. This oddly relaxing yet melancholic aura permeates “The Real McCoy,” with its subtle hints of grunge. “Helicopter” starts off in a brooding, dark and distorted manner, gently transforming into a sea of tranquillity and calmness later on.
Despite its inherently changeable and proggy nature, the songs on IMHMI are wrapped up between two and seven minutes.
On IMHMI, Family Animals draw from a myriad of influences from across the musical spectrum and manage to make accessible yet intricate progressive rock. Although accessible it may be, it’s not the kind of music you can just pick up and drop off at a moment’s notice. To appreciate it you have to be in the right frame of mind, to just sit back and soak it all in.