Animals as Leaders show no fear of math with “Arithmophobia”

Posted by on October 18, 2016


For a band who’s complex instrumentals embrace time changes and synchronization so much, it’s safe to say that trio Animals As Leaders have a firm grasp on arithmetic. It’s because of this that we’re surprised the band’s first single from their upcoming album is titled “Arithmophobia.” The song premiered today via Guitar World, and it’s a stunner. Taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth album, The Madness of Many, it’s a six-minute adventure in rhythmic complexity that includes plenty of arithmetic. There’s a little bit of a middle-eastern vibe going on in the song, in between the frantic bass pummeling and presice drums. The band is obviously psyched about the album, which is kicked off by “Arithmophobia”:

“This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitarist Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We’re beyond thrilled with the result.”

Adds drummer Matt Garstka: “The Madness of Many is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path. Although conceptually dense, it is the most natural-sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

AAL will be undertaking a tour with Intervals and PLINI, and you can catch those dates after the track. The Madness of Many will be out on November 11th on Sumerian Records, and can be preordered here.

11/10 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
11/11 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
11/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/15 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/18 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
11/19 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/20 – Saskatoon, SK O @ Brian’s Event Centre
11/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
11/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
11/25 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/26 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
11/27 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
11/28 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/29 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
11/30 – Boston, MA @ Royale
12/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
12/3 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
12/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/6 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
12/7 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
12/8 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans
12/9 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music hall
12/10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
12/11 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
12/12 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
12/13 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theater
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
12/16 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
12/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF

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