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Washington, D.C. (2007 – present)

Animals as Leaders is a Washington, D.C. based project formed by guitarist Tosin Abasi in 2007. Their self-titled debut album was released in April 2009 by Prosthetic Records.

Animals as Leaders was formed “out of the ashes” of guitarist Tosin Abasi’s previous band, Reflux. The record label Prosthetic Records saw Abasi’s guitar work and asked him to create a solo album for them. Abasi initially declined, feeling such an endeavor would be “egotistical and unnecessary”. When Reflux disbanded, Abasi decided to take the label’s offer. The name Animals as Leaders was inspired by Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel Ishmael, which addresses anthropocentrism. Abasi coined the name as a reminder “that we’re all essentially animals”.

The project’s first album, Animals as Leaders, was recorded in early 2008. Abasi recorded all guitar and bass tracks on the album; drums and various synthesized effects were programmed by engineer Misha Mansoor. The album was released April 28, 2009 by Prosthetic Records.

Their second album, Weightless, was released November 8, 2011, with the addition of Javier Reyes and Navene Koperweis on rhythm guitar and drums, respectively. After touring in support of the record, it was announced that Navene Koperweis would be leaving the band. He was replaced by Matt Garstka for further touring duties.


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  • NecroMan666

    New record is really good:) Progress.

    27 Jul 12:42am Reply
  • GrayPig

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [5]

    16 Jul 7:13pm Reply
  • Doraaa85

    wow, this guys are nice :)

    15 Jul 9:24pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [4]

    13 Jul 8:06pm Reply
  • LittleDeepPurpl

    Да, задрачивать на гитаре он меет. Но музыка все равно хуйня для спидозных пидоров, ибо никакой мелодии там и в помине нет.

    13 Jul 12:50pm Reply
  • bassius

    wank metal

    12 Jul 9:54pm Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Tosin Abasi may very well be the best guitarist of his generation. [4]

    3 Jul 4:07pm Reply
  • DocDale

    new record is da shit

    1 Jul 7:43pm Reply
  • Visutox

    Tosin Abasi may very well be the best guitarist of his generation. [3]

    1 Jul 12:26pm Reply
  • sunjay140

    Tosin Abasi may very well be the best guitarist of his generation. [2]

    19 Jun 12:33am Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    knight_88 Tosin Abasi may very well be the best guitarist of his generation. After Paul Waggoner.

    15 Jun 8:03pm Reply
  • knight_88

    Tosin Abasi may very well be the best guitarist of his generation.

    15 Jun 4:23pm Reply
  • fuzzyburrito

    Saw them at culture room last night (not sure why this event wasnt added) and they were great. So was chon and conquering dystopia. Cd played a fucking amazing last song might i add. It made the sheen of sweat donated to me by a thousand sweaty idiots worth it. (The crowd had way too many youngins)

    9 Jun 2:26am Reply
  • Jealousheart


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  • DamienCallisto

    Weightless is becoming my favorite. The new one still absolutely kills. And they played half of it live, absolutely flawlessly. I'll never get tired of this stuff.

    1 Jun 11:10pm Reply
  • DonCappuccino

    @DamienCallisto: Yes, I have the same feeling, the emotional connection is a lot lower on the new one, but they compensate that with amazing songwriting and the broadest dynamics they had on a studio album. Still, Weightless is my favourite album of AAL.

    1 Jun 8:07pm Reply
  • Kyonil


    31 May 6:09am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Tosin Abasi may very well be the worst guitarist of his generation.

    29 May 10:30pm Reply
  • Lightwarden

    shit is so cash.

    27 May 7:29pm Reply
  • AtticusMurphy

    The Joy of Motion is an incredible album, from start to finish. Orgasms of the ear, anyone?

    27 May 4:36am Reply
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