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Guitar wizards Animals As Leaders post 44-second teaser for full-length

Animals As Leaders The Joy Of Motion banner

Animals As Leaders are one of those bands I want to love, but have always left me cold. They’re very impressive sure – and guitarist Tosin Abasi in particular deserves the plaudits coming his way – but I’m fussy about my instrumental music, and they just ain’t my bag.

So fucking what though. A new AAL album is a big deal at this point, and we’re sure some of you will be excited about this, so take a listen to the teaser the band posted up in Friday and tell us what you think:

At 44 seconds, it’s fairly concise; there’s the sound of waves at the beginning, and then a single passage from the new material that is incredibly mellow – not much to go on, but it was rather nice. The clip and above banner reveal that the album’s name is The Joy Of Motion., and it seems to be something of a major collaborative effort. Guitarist Javier Reyes said:

“I think some of the new tracks are some of AAL’s strongest and musical material yet and extremely happy with how the album came out. Everyone who took part with this album (Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Adam Getgood (Periphery), Diego Farias (Volumes), and Navene Koperweis) is extremely talented and I think we’ve done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third Animals As Leaders album.”


Volumes’ Diego Farias added:

“I am extremely proud to say I co-wrote 3 of the new songs on “The Joy of Motion” and it’s some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever heard them do… GET READY!!

Definitely shout out to Misha Mansoor (Periphery) who co-wrote most of the record and did an AMAZING job, & Adam Nolly Getgood (Periphery) who produced & mixed the record and got a disgustingly amazing mix.

I also look forward to hearing all the programming Navene-k did!! I am honored to have worked on this album alongside such amazingly talented people. What an experience!”

The Joy Of Motion will be out March 25th through Sumerian Records. They’ll be heading out on tour with After The Burial, former drummer Navene Koperweis’ project Navene-K and Chon from a week today, so if you want to hear more, you can undoubtedly do so by going to that. Tour dates below!

02/24 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
02/25 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/26 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
02/27 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
02/28 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
03/02 New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
03/04 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe (no Chon)
03/05 Toronto, ON – Opera House (no Chon)
03/06 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
03/07 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
03/08 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/09 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
03/11 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
03/13 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s