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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New material is fittin to be 🔥

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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.

Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Animals As Leaders, Etc. To Be Featured On “Bill & Ted Face The Music” Soundtrack

The track listing has been revealed for the soundtrack to the latest installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, “Bill & Ted Face The Music.” The effort will be released alongside the movie on August 28 and it will feature Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Animals As Leaders, and more.

Track Listing:

01. Big Black Delta – “Lost In Time”
02. Alec Wigdahl – “Big Red Balloon”
03. Weezer – “Beginning Of The End” (Wyld Stallyns Edit)
04. Cold War Kids – “Story Of Our Lives”
05. Mastodon – “Rufus Lives”
06. Big Black Delta – “Circuits Of Time”
07. POORSTACY – “Darkest Night”
08. Lamb Of God – “The Death Of Us”
09. FIDLAR – “Breaker”
10. Culture Wars – “Leave Me Alone”
11. Blame My Youth – “Right Where You Belong”
12. Wyld Stallions – “Face The Music” (feat. Animals As Leaders and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
13. Wyld Stallions – “That Which Binds Us Through Time: The Chemical, Physical And Biological Nature of Love; an Exploration of The Meaning of Meaning, Part 1”

The first single, Weezer’s “Beginning Of The End” (Wyld Stallyns Edit), can be found below:

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.

Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Issues, Etc. Tour Postponed To 2021

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Wolf & Bear once again. The trek is now set to take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

03/11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/13 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
03/15 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
03/17 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
03/18 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/19 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/22 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
03/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03/25 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/30 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
03/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/03 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
04/04 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/06 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/07 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
04/08 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
04/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/10 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/12 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
04/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
04/14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
04/17 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
04/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
04/22 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/24 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (‘Swanfest‘)

Dance Gavin Dance commented:

“It may come as no surprise, but we unfortunately need to postpone The Afterburner Tour and Swanfest until spring 2021. Current tickets will be valid for the newly announced dates. If you have further questions about your tickets please contact the original point of purchase.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year! In the meantime, stay safe, and keep your eyes open for any DGD related activity.”

Watch First Trailer For “Paradise City” TV Series

A trailer for the first season of “Paradise City” has been released online. The show, which is a spin-off of the 2017 film “American Satan,” features: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria), BooBoo Stewart, Bella Thorne, the late Cameron Boyce, Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Juliet Simms, Sid Wilson (Slipknot), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Jose Mangin, and more. Here’s an official synopsis:

“The lives of a rock star with ties to the occult and a young rookie kid who idolizes him collide through their broken homes built by the music business.”

Animals As Leaders & Ex-Periphery Members Guest On New JIA Song “Drift”

JIA have premiered a new song titled “Drift“ via Alternative Press. This track features Animals As Leaders drummer Matt Garstka and former Periphery vocalist Casey Sabol. JIA commented:

“‘Drift‘ was one of the first songs that we wrote as a band. It reflects our diverse musical influences, ranging from metal to more popular idioms such as electronic music. That being said, we never think about style when we write, we just let the ideas flow.”

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

Rescheduled Dates Announced For Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Etc. Tour

Dance Gavin Dance have announced the rescheduled dates for their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, and Veil Of Maya. Royal Coda will not be able to make the new dates, so Wolf & Bear will be performing instead.

Tour Dates:

08/04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
08/05 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
08/08 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
08/09 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
08/11 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
08/13 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
08/14 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
08/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
08/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
08/18 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
08/19 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/20 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/21 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
08/22 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
08/24 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
08/26 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08/27 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08/28 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
08/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
08/30 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09/01 Toronto, ON – Rebel
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/04 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
09/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/07 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
09/08 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/09 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
09/12 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park At Cal Expo (‘Swanfest‘)

Dance Gavin Dance commented:

“We are happy to announce that we have rescheduled the spring Dance Gavin Dance tour to start on Tuesday, August 4th in Seattle, WA ending with the rescheduled Swanfest on Saturday, September 12th. We began the process of rescheduling moments after we realized that we would not be able to have our Spring tour begin.

We have done our best to retain most of the same markets and venues as our previous run. All tickets previously purchased will be honored. We also have a couple new shows/locations that we have added, and the on-sale information for those dates are coming soon.

Fortunately, we were able to retain most of the complete lineup for this tour, however members of Royal Coda had previous commitments in place that they were unable to reschedule. We are happy to announce that Wolf & Bear will be filling that spot along with Animals As Leaders, ISSUES, and VEIL OF MAYA.

While we know that right now many things are uncertain, we felt that it was very important to our fans, supporting bands and crew to reschedule to a time period in which we hope will be a safe environment for everyone involved.

We know that things will continue to change rapidly and we will actively monitor any future situations and make appropriate changes if needed, but for now we ask that everyone stay safe, follow all our state and local guidelines and practice proper hygiene and social distancing. We look forward to seeing you in August/September.

More details on Swanfest coming soon, but we can confirm that it will be at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday, September 12th.”