Animals As Leaders have re-signed with Sumerian Records and are currently working on a new album. With this news, the band have also revealed that guitarist Tosin Abasi’s riffs will be featured throughout “Bill & Ted Face The Music” as part of the “air guitar” moments. That film will be released on August 28.
Guitarist Javier Reyes said the following about re-signing with Sumerian Records:
“We are happy to announce that Animals As Leaders has re-signed to Sumerian Records. We have known the folks at Sumerian for years on both a personal and professional level and it honestly feels great to continue our journey together. Sumerian has been an integral part in the growth of Animals As Leaders, even before we ever signed to Sumerian. We look forward to working together with Sumerian for the next few years to continue growing our brands and legacies.”
“I’ve seen the birth and ascension of Sumerian Records to one of the most important labels in modern metal and beyond. Animals as Leaders is stoked to be continuing our journey with them.”
Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen also commented:
“I have known Tosin and Javier longer than anyone else in the music business. We came up together as kids in DC figuring it out with the most DIY, take no prisoners approach we could. They have both played big parts in my life and career. I can honestly say my path could have ended up very differently had I not become so close with them when we were rookies.
I am honored to continue our relationship on an artist/label level and couldn’t be more proud to have Animals As Leaders on the Sumerian roster. They are one of the most influential groups of our generation in this world of music. As for Matt G, he is a true G. As for his alter ego Dirty D, I am not at liberty to comment.”
As for the “Bill & Ted” news, Abasi added:
“I’m thrilled to be part of the ‘Bill & Ted’ universe. Most excellent!”
Jonathan Leahy, music supervisor for “Bill & Ted Face The Music,” also issued a statement:
“Getting the right guitarist to handle Bill and Ted’s air-shredding was one of my top priorities from the very beginning. The director asked me, ‘What does shredding sound like in 2020?’ and my answer was, ‘It sounds like Tosin Abasi.’ Tosin’s virtuosity is mind-blowing and he leads the vanguard of modern players who push the limits of what’s capable on electric guitar. Everything about his approach, from the compositions to the techniques to the physical instrument itself, seems like it arrived via time machine from the future.”
“Bill & Ted Face The Music” director Dean Parisot added:
“When Jonathan Leahy suggested Tosin Abasi for ‘Bill & Ted’, I have to admit my first response was, ‘Are you kidding? Absolutely! But will he even do it?’ Miraculously, he did, and as expected, he blew us all away! Absolutely brilliant virtuosity and musicianship, an artist of the highest caliber, and a very nice man. I still can’t believe he did it. So so grateful he did.”
Notably, Animals As Leaders will also appear on the “Bill & Ted Face The Music” soundtrack as guests on a new Wyld Stallions song.