“Friends” MUSIC VIDEO
“My Church” Cover
FAR FROM HOME EP
SUN WILL RISE
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“The song features punctuating drums underneath McFadden's gravelly vocals. These sounds mixed together creates a warm pallet that could easily be compared to the art supplies of folk-rock popular kids like The Lumineers.”
“Sounds Like: Campfire sing-alongs polished up for the big city and the big stage. For Fans of: The Head and the Heart, Lumineers, Kings of Leon”
“At the end of the five song EP I was looking for more infectious songs featuring Animal Year’s distinct layered vocals, upbeat guitar melodies, and feel good lyrics.”
“Anthemic tunes like "Caroline" and "Friends" were perfect for the event's festive environment, and wouldn't' you know it, we were there running the cameras on the band's rhapsodic performance.”
“This is truly a great track that I’m ninety four and a half percent sure will end up on your [next] playlist. With songs like these Animal Years are a band to watch.”
“It’s moments like these that are rare in live performances. I’ve become accustomed to artists taking themselves so seriously during shows that they forget they’re playing. It’s hard not to have fun when the band is.”
"We borrowed the name from a Josh Ritter album," Animal Years singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike McFadden says of his band's moniker. "Originally, we just liked the way the phrase sounded. But the more we thought about it, the more it meant to us, and we started saying things like 'Live your life in animal years.' If you knew that you'd only be around for a few years, you'd do things differently. That's how we try to operate as a band; we try to go for it every day, like we're gonna die tomorrow."
That level of urgency resonates throughout Far From Home, Animal Years' first eOne release. The five-song EP —produced by Ryan Hadlock, renowned for his work with the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile and Vance Joy—offers a consistently compelling distillation of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore trio's irresistibly anthemic, unfailingly uplifting songcraft, which ranges from the fist-pumping infectiousness of "Caroline" to the introspective warmth of "Friends" to the bittersweet buoyancy of "Home (I Was Born)." McFadden's catchy, emotionally direct songwriting is matched by the band's exuberant performances, which combine McFadden's openhearted vocals and surging acoustic guitars with the punchy rhythmic kick of bassist Anthony Saladino and drummer Anthony Spinnato.