POST ANIMAL Stream Debut Album via Consequence of Sound

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When I Think Of You In A Castle' Out April 20 via Polyvinyl

Chicago neo-psych rock band Post Animal will release their self-produced, written and performed debut album on April 20 and kick off a headline tour on April 18, but first they share an early stream of the record. 

The product of six friends exploring their affinity for slick riffs, pop hooks, and psychedelic flourishes, "When I Think Of You In A Castle" is a record that almost didn't get made. 
“Before this album, we weren't sure what the future of the band was going to look like. I was considering moving to Los Angeles and Joe [Keery] was off filming Stranger Things. We didn't know where we were all going but we knew we wanted to make an album with all of us in the same room,” drummer Wesley Toledo said. 
When the band - comprised of friends from childhood, the local music scene, and hometown burger joints - found the time to go to a lake house in Michigan to record, magic happened and "When I Think Of You In A Castle" was born. 

Stream the album exclusively via Consequence of Sound and pre-order it before it's released via Polyvinyl Record Co. on April 20.

Post Animal have made a name for themselves as one of Chicago's most exciting up-and-coming bands, having toured with the likes of Twin Peaks, Wavves, and White Reaper. 

To celebrate their debut album the band will embark on a headlining U.S. tour tomorrow, including festival plays at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Shaky Knees. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets

Post Animal are a band of brothers. 

Though they formed in 2014 and just began touring in 2017, they are joined in a bond much tighter than their years suggest. Initially formed when childhood friends, bassist Dalton Allison and guitarist Matt Williams, met keyboardist and guitarist Jake Hirshland, the band's sound began to take shape when the three enlisted some more pals from both the Chicago music scene and through their time working at local burger restaurants. Rounding out the band's lineup, Post Animal is completed by drummer Wesley Toledo and guitarists Javi Reyes and Joe Keery.

Like most bands in Chicago's inclusive music community, Post Animal got their start playing DIY basements and small rock clubs. 

With their wavy and warped first project, 2015's Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities EP, and then 2016's memorable singles collection, The Garden Series, the band showcased mesmerizing and catchy pop melodies. 

Between their impressive early releases and their wild live shows which feature the band members sharing lead vocal duties, Post Animal have unquestionably solidified themselves as one of Chicago's most exciting new acts.

In the summer of 2016, the band retreated to a lake house in Watervliet, Michigan to record "When I Think Of You In A Castle." 

For a week and a half, they tracked the LP—all while realizing they weren't really alone in the house. 

According to the band, a ghost dwelled there that would jolt them awake from naps and even ended up with a guest appearance on the album. Of course, not all of the magic on "When I Think Of You In A Castle" can be pinned on the supernatural. 

Following the lake house trip, the band finished the album at their house in Chicago with Allison perfecting the mix over the next year; even while on their 48-city summer tour in their beloved van (RIP Shannon). 

The finished album, which was mastered by Jake’s brother, Jared Hirshland, is a truly collaborative continuation on the band's kaleidoscopic and sprawling early beginnings.

But most importantly, "When I Think Of You In A Castle" is a testament to not only the brotherly connection that these friends share, but also to the power of collaboration between like-minded musicians who just get one another. 
“Before we recorded it, it was an uncertain time for us as a band, but we all just had a magical time at this lake house in the middle of summer,” Toledo said. 
Almost impossible to describe, the Post Animal bond is best observed while foolin’ at the merch table after a sweaty show. 

They look forward to seeing you there and, naturally, becoming your new best friends.

  1. Everywhere All At Once
  2. Gelatin Mode
  3. Tire Eyes
  4. Ralphie
  5. Heart Made of Metal
  6. Castle
  7. Special Moment
  8. Victory Lap-Danger Zone
  9. One Thing
  10. Dirtpicker
Tour dates
04/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club # 
04/19 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop # 
04/20 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig 
04/21 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement 
04/27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall % 
04/28 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 
05/02 - Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin 
05/03 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar 
05/04 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt 
05/05 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Shaky Knees Aftershow) 
05/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival 
05/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop $ 
05/25 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar $ 
05/26 - Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo $ 
05/29 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott $ 
05/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade $ 
05/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's $ 
06/02 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage $ 
06/04 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter $ 
06/05 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Back Room $ 
06/06 - Asheville, NC @ Mothlight $ 
06/09 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival 
06/11 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada $ 
06/12 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda $ 
06/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar % 
06/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater % 
06/16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room % 
06/17 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar % 
06/18 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium % 
06/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord % 
06/21 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge % 
06/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret % 
06/23 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza % 
06/25 - Boise, ID @ Garden City Projects % 
06/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court % 
06/28 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge % 
06/29 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room % 
06/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry % 
08/02 - 08/05 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza 
# w/ Anna Burch 
% w/ Slow Pulp 
$ w/ Paul Cherry 

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