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INTERVIEW: Half The Animal

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re stoked and loving life. Our debut EP comes out in a few days and we’re all jazzed to say the least!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Babylon”?

Babylon was the first song we wrote as a group believe it or not. The song has three chords the entire way. We believe it’s the most reflective of the band as a whole, so we wanted to make sure it was our single. It’s an anthemic and positive record that we’re all in love with and are stoked to share it with the world.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Babylon was a place of great power and strength, a place of enlightenment. We wanted the song to reflect that in the lyrics and in the production. Something that makes you want to get up and go do something for your life. We all have our struggles and little things that bother us, but it’s all about coming out on the other side a stronger and better person so give something back to society and contribute. We want Babylon to be that song for people.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Our official video for Babylon drops on Alternative Press this week!

The single comes off your new EP Shapes – what’s the story behind the title?

We thought of this idea of Shapes for a bit while we were writing the EP. We love the concept that everything in life is made of shapes, and that on their own a shape doesn’t necessarily stand for anything but when you combine them you can get an amazing piece of art that has a message. Kind of like a band, as an individual you create sounds, but as a group you create music.

How was the recording and writing process?

We spent a lot of time working on these songs. Over a year. It was really important to us to nail this one and come out strong for our debut as Half the Animal. We recorded a lot at our drummers studio, STRZ Studios which was nice to have that freedom and not feel rushed. Everyone in the band contributes to the writing process.

You have called this a new chapter on the band’s career – how so? Would you say you have found your definite sound with this record?

Our previous band was much more rock driven, so Half the Animal is a new opportunity for us to re-brand and release more pop driven songs that feel current. We all really love pop music and songs that make you dance and feel good and this project really reflects that.

What role does Laguna Beach play in your music?

The ocean and the sunshine. We believe that speaks through into our music at all times.

What aspect of hope and bad relations are you exploring on this material? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We co-wrote a lot of these songs with close friends that we’ve known for a long time in the music industry. It was great to just chat about the ideas in the songs and what we wanted to talk about. Our singer is extremely passionate about women, so we have a lot of songs that speak to that. We also just wanted to write songs that made people feel good and feel inspired to go out and make the world a better place if that makes sense. I think the goal with any artist is to create some sort of sentiment in their art that can translate to the world and hopefully have their message improve society in some way shape or form.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yes, we’ve have played a lot of amazing LA shows at Emo Night, School Night, and a fun one coming up at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. This spring we’re doing college shows around the country and this summer are looking to lock in a larger tour that carries into the Fall. We’re excited to play this EP and tour non stop.

What else is happening next in Half The Animal’s world?

We’re already working on our second EP believe it or not. It’s really all about the next thing in today’s society and keeping the content rolling. We have so many songs to build on into our next release and can’t wait for that. We’re hoping to drop it this summer. Also, we’re about to release a content series we just shot called Animal Life. Six five minute episodes of just craziness on the road and making our debut EP. It’s really neat.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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