Animals As Leaders Premiere “Monomyth” Music Video

Animals As Leaders have premiered a new video for their new song “Monomyth.” This track is expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album. Tosin Abasi commented:

“‘Monomyth’ is part fever dream, part ritual. Its imagery represents man’s ceaseless attempts to translate transcendent ideas into movement. The conflation of struggle with meaning. Pain with significance. The ultimate failure of distilling perceived patterns in the world into knowledge.”

Polyphia To Replace Animals As Leaders On Dance Gavin Dance, Veil Of Maya, Etc. Tour

Animals As Leaders have dropped off their upcoming tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Veil Of Maya, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear. Polyphia will be taking their place. Animals As Leaders issued the following statement:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be withdrawing ourselves from the Dance Gavin Dance ‘Afterburner Tour‘. Apologies to any fans who were planning on seeing us on the tour, but we’ll be returning to all these cities on a scheduled headline tour with new music for next year.

Tour Dates:

09/07 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
09/08 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
09/10 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
09/11 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
09/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/15 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
09/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
09/19 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/22 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
09/23 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/25 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
09/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/30 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/03 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/05 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
10/06 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
10/08 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/12 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
10/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
10/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
10/19 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/20 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Animals As Leaders Tease New Music

Animals As Leaders have been working on new music as of late. Periphery’s Misha Mansoor has been involved in the sessions and he shared the following teaser:

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Animals As Leaders Re-Sign With Sumerian Records, Tosin Abasi Revealed As “Air Shredder” For “Bill & Ted Face The Music”

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.”

Abasi continued:

“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.

Animals As Leaders Announce Livestream Concert

Animals As Leaders have announced a special virtual concert. The show will stream live via Sumerian Records‘ Facebook and YouTube accounts on July 9 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT.

Animals As Leaders Announce Rescheduled Shows With Veil Of Maya

Animals As Leaders have announced the dates for their rescheduled headlining shows with Veil Of Maya. These dates will take place around their tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Issues, and Wolf & Bear.

Tour Dates:

08/10 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
08/12 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
08/25 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
08/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/06 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

Dance Gavin Dance Postpone Spring Tour With Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, & Royal Coda

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Royal Coda due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Due to extreme circumstances outside of our control we are very upset to announce that we are postponing our spring 2020 tour. We are currently working right now to reschedule all shows as soon as possible & will of course honor all tickets already sold. This was our most anticipated tour, ever, and we were so proud of our fans for coming through and selling out these shows, only to have it all go away. However, your safety is top priority and we must follow what is being recommended to ensure that. We will have new dates for you soon. We hope you enjoyed the release of “Strawberry’s Wake” today and can’t wait for you to hear the rest of the album soon. Much love to you all, from Will, Matt, Jon, Tim, Tilian and Andrew -Dance Gavin Dance”