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Red Animal War


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Dallas, United States (1999 – present)

Red Animal War is an indie rock / post hardcore band from Dallas, Texas that is one of the most original bands of their genre (which is often questionable). Mixing elements of math and progressive rock into dark drum and bass beats (and a voice that can be very hooky), they often are compared to some of the most technical bands out there.

The band came together in 1999 with musical friends Justin Wilson (guitar/vocals), Jeff Wilganowski (drums), Brian Pho (bass), and Matt Pitman (guitar). They’ve perfected their emo style for something charming and desirable, allowing Deep Elm to take interest in the band and inking them a deal in late 1999. They spent most of 2000 recording in Deedle’s Room in Austin, TX, recording what would become a full-length studio effort. The fruit of those sessions was Breaking in an Angel (2001,) plus a split disc with Slowride. The next year, the more complex and ferocious Black Phantom Crusades was released in the fall.

Brian quit the band while in Europe touring. Jeff Meaningless was flown out and soon became the permanent replacement.

2004 saw the release of Polizida, recorded by J. Robbins (Against Me!, Jets to Brazil, Dismemberment Plan) which was released through the Ice Planet label.

Their latest release, Seven Year War was released in 2006 on END sounds.

The band had this to say about the release:
This album came together after it became clear that our music was not getting the distribution it deserves. With End Sounds, we have found American, European, and Japanese distribution with Koch, who was the distributior for Epitaph Records for many years. Koch makes our music available to almost anyone that wants to hear it. Orders will be taken through the End Sounds website for anyone that cannot find it in their local stores.


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  • knight_88

    Underrated band.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • vibracobra

    exactly like what mixing jawbox and minus the bear would sound like. not that that's a bad thing though [2]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    whoever tagged "Hope" on this band as turkish psych is a piece of shit

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mattoy666

    I have loved Black Phantom Crusades ever since it was released. It's a truly brilliant album.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • JimmyX_

    this band is so, so.. i dont have words for something like this <3

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • shikareeee

    говорим Тимуру спасибо за описание группы)

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Mariafernanda02

    someone can post any cd o ep or split of this banda its pretty amazing and i can seem to find it anywhere on the net :(

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Toothpick1000

    Damn, im really loving aall the instrumental sounds, but im not sure if im down with the singing. It just seems so much more generic than the instruments.

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tHerAnks

    this band is incredible.

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • autumngaze

    so amazing

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • christiansstorm

    their split with slowride is such a gem

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • cloudblood84

    still is possibly one of the best songs i've heard in a while

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • bryanvangelder

    breaking in an angel > black phantom > seven year > polizida personally. can't really lose on any thought. anyone else have the split with sand which is?

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Khanatist

    Black Phantom Crusades > Polizida > Breaking In An Angel. Still, another hidden gem of this genre

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • joetaketoday

    if you werent at the reunion show on saturday, you missed out.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • dunandafalls

    when i get the feeling, back in my hands, i promise i'll build some bridges, across this land

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • irishtim

    I just found out about these guys. Picked up a copy of Breaking in an Angel and I can't stop listening to it. Good stuff!

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • dead_mixed_tape

    "What doesn't kill you makes you that much stronger!"

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jennifer_verona

    Been listening to Black Phantom Crusades a lot lately, and it's put me in a great mood. It's one of the best and most original albums ever! Thank you for making such an amazing record and being some of the sweetest people I've ever met. I hope you remember me! Much Love Jennifer xx

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • BrendanDecember

    'Still' is the most unfrigginbelievable song I've ever heard.

    13 Jul 2008 Reply
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