Animals (4:22)

Cover of The 2nd Law

From The 2nd Law and 1 other release

In an NME article the song was described as being “flamenco-flecked.” When earlier describing the album on Twitter, Matt was possibly referring to ‘Animals’ as ‘face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia.’
‘Animals’ is about economies collapsing under the weight of stock market savagery, of industries desperate to “advertise, franchise… kill the competition,” and of the greed of bankers who Matt claims should “kill .” Matt says: “This song is conjuring up the rawest form of that feeling of ‘look what humans are capable of doing, it’s shocking.’”[1]

Matt said in an interview with 1Radio that this song was influenced by a Queens of the Stone Age song that has a 5/4 time signature (Most likely Hangin’ Tree). He also said Animals is the hardest song to play live off The 2nd Law due to having to play lead guitar and sing at the same time.
The piano riff bears similarity to Exile Vilify by The National.
This song has been compared to flamenco-guitar artists and Queens of the Stone Age.


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  • Cirnodesuu

    This is the best song of the album [9]

    26 Aug 7:36am Reply
  • Susi_Bellamy

    This is the best song of the album [8]

    24 Jun 11:41pm Reply
  • leniel

    Yep, reminded me Radiohead! Such a great tune with a great message...

    4 Apr 12:11am Reply
  • gnotehead

    nice. reminds me of radiohead.

    20 Mar 4:32am Reply
  • getrancozo

    Inevitavelmente lembrei do Gorillaz.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • efsimpkin

    i'm still not a top listener this is bs

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tru_dude

    yes, guitar parts are ok.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Time_Q

    I loved the whole album, but I was left amazed by the OoS-esque turn they took with this song. It's glorious! : O [2] And it deserves more appreciation when played live.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pogoshrooms

    "Literally the only good song on The 2nd Flop." I laughed pretty hard at this :D I'm not sure if I agree though. The guitar is really nice but the lyrics are dreadful, plus it goes down really badly live. Probably because they play it after Knights (WTF).

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mentalcase83


    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • THEminority_


    22 May 2013 Reply
  • simple_oks


    8 May 2013 Reply
  • NekoMiki

    I loved the whole album, but I was left amazed by the OoS-esque turn they took with this song. It's glorious! : O

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ino_ino

    awesome tunes... <3

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ino_ino

    This is the best song of the album [9]

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Kill yourselves, do us all a favour. Yes please. Fucking business ghouls.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nessa_under


    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mattaui

    Bend more rules, and buy yourself an island...

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    It's got all the rage of a Rage Against the Machine tune, the baroque pop lushness and of course... damn any song that asks the uber rich and powerful to kill themselves...

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • delrozo

    I am falling in love with this song. Repeat it all over fo so many times. The tunes are so fantastic!

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
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