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New Music: Animal City

Above is new music from a Chicago-bred band called Animal City. The name of the song is “Drummer Sister.” This is from the band’s profile at Sophomore Lounge Records:

Don’t let puppets fool you. One look at the amusingly chaotic video for “Mouseface” with its haphazard headbanging, extraterrestrial mascots, and the frolicking friends of head songwriters Sal Cassato and Dakota Loesch, and one might mistakenly judge Chicago-raised rock act Animal City as a gang of goofballs who just happen to have amps laying around the basement of their Pilsen apartments, and find their hooks at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box. But listening to how such limber drums, perfectly crunchy guitars and throaty shouts compliment each other from track to track, Animal City is, in fact, no laughing matter. (Continue Reading…)

Here is the band’s website and Facebook and MySpace pages.

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