w/ Upon Wings of Shadow and No blood, No Foul
Monday April 21st,2014
With an array of styles not attached to one particular genre, Like Animals have spent the better part of four years , crafting a unique and memorable sound that has taken them to venues throughout Ontario and Eastern Canada. They have played to adoring crowds with the likes of Baptized in Blood, the Dropkick Murphys, Farewell to Freeway, Indian Handcrafts, and Downtown Brown at iconic events like Wakestock and Rothfest. With all band members being a part of the local music community for over 10 years, the band decided to bring a fresh style and unique sound to the table….a decision that would garner them a great deal of respect among fellow musicians and music fans alike.
Formed in 2009 and following a slight member change, Like Animals began the writing process for what would become their first official release. They entered One Star Studio in nearby Barrie,On to record “Sweet Whispers, Plagued Ears”, a 6-song 35-min album. A blend of heavy experimental progressive rock, odd time signatures, and soulful lyrics produced a unique sound that this band would later become known for. Following many great album reviews, the band set out on playing anywhere and everywhere they could. They closed off 2010 having played countless shows across Ontario, and even a small fall tour which included stops in Quebec. They subsequently sold out of the “Sweet whispers” album.
In early 2011, LA were signed to up-and-coming Ontario-based indie label Soda Records. Under the guidance of manager/producer Shane Heath, the band once again entered One Star Studio to record a follow up album, entitled “The Undertoad”.The 2nd ever release on Soda Records, this new material saw the band grow by leaps and bounds, once again garnering rave reviews.This album captures a diverse range of incredibly talented comparisons and funnels them, and many more, through the LA filter to create an unclassifiable and undeniably memorable racket. Often described as epic, their live performances leave a long lasting impression By years end, they had once again sold out of physical copies of both of their albums.
Their growing fanbase along with the support of fellow musicians and a plethora of live shows opened many doors of opportunity for Like Animals in 2011. The band were fortunate enough so play a few local music festivals, including Wakestock, featuring headliners The Dropkick Murphys and Tokyo police Club.
Shows around ontario with headlining bands like Scale The Summit (Prosthetic Records) Polkadot Cadaver (Rotten records), Downtown Brown (DC-Jam Records),Farewell to Freeway (Victory Records), Ligeia (ferret), Fuck the Facts (Relapse records), Unleash the Archers (CDN records),Baptized in Blood (roadrunner records), Indian Handcrafts (Sargent House)Starring Janet Leigh (metal blade)We,The Undersigned(Diminished 5th records), and more, simply strengthened the live show and solidified Like Animals as an up-and-coming premiere act. The opportunity to share the stage with more established acts gave the band a strong sense of professionalism and proper stage etiquette.
The year 2012 is already shaping up to be monumental for this 3-piece outfit. 20 shows in the first 3 months alone (Including their first ever Eastern Canadian Tour) show the hunger that LA has. Shortly following these shows, the band will head into the studio to record a new e.p. The new material still sees the band growing and is sure to surprise and entice new and old fans. With a reputation for being a tight live band, Like Animals have a proud sense of professionalism and attention to detail, and take what they do very seriously. Blending extremely technical music with feeling and soul, the band creates a welcoming aura that is sure to impress to any who catch them. Like Animals is a band not to missed, nor soon to be forgotten…..
Jamie Haffenden- Guitars/Vocals
Myke Caouette- Bass/backing vocals
Will Tennant- Drums
“From the small town of Orillia, ON, comes a sound that blends “Protest the Hero, The Mars Volta, The Dillinger Escape Plan and […] the nightmarish funk catastrophe of Mr. Bungle” (Andrew Cleveland, The Running Board Press).
“Trying to decipher the intricate structures and dramatic time changes is impossible – [they are] one of the MOST talented bands I have EVER heard” (Matt Elder, Scootmachine Entertainment).
Soulful aggressive technical progressive rock/metal.
No Blood, No Foul
We are a band from Saskatchewan that has just released an ep, please take a listen and tell us what you think http://nobloodnofoul.bandcamp.com/
We are a band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan formed in 2010. Come check us out at our upcoming shows! new ep released at the start of 2013. Expect new things from us in the near future.