Former Animals is an experimental band from northern California that combines various elements of progressive rock, jazz, punk, and shoegaze to create a unique style of music. Former Animals is currently a quartet, consisting of a guitarist, drummer, and two members that switch between playing guitar and bass. Their first album (self-titled) is completely instrumental, but they are considering seeking a talented vocalist to add to their line-up as they further progress and definte their sound.
The music that Former Animals plays is often described as math rock or mathcore, due to the unpredictable, seemingly improved composition of their fast-paced sporadic rhythm changes and the unconventional structure of their intricate songs. Their musical style is characterized by the utilization of multiple guitar effect pedals to distort and warp the layers of complex melodies which are often played with techniques that involve switching back and forth from picking to double tapping. Each band member brings their own unique musical backgrounds into play, inspired by the obscure and surreal, and influenced by a diverse range of bands and genres ranging from 90s post-rock to psychedelic folk music to underground grindcore.
Originally formed back in 2010 as "Animal Style", they recorded a rare limited-release EP, but eventually had to change their name due to legal issues which caused them to make the decision to disown the majority of their old material along with the old name. In 2011 they began anew making music and playing shows under a couple different names, but eventually decided on "Former Animals". In early 2012 they recorded their first official album (Former Animals) with the assistance of local Sacramento producer Ira Skinner at his Alley Avenue Recording Studios and digitally released it in the summertime. The album is short but dense, consisting of 6 carefully crafted tracks that capture the genre-defying onslaught of madness that is their music. They continue to evolve as a band, constantly writing new material and playing shows with other local groups, and they plan to record a new album and go on a tour in the near future.