Chicago neo-psych rock band Post Animal recently announced their incredible forthcoming debut LP When I Think Of You In A Castle, and today they share the album’s second single alongside an epic music video. The dynamic song shifts from a lighthearted experience in dueling lead guitars to a face-melting dose of sludge with ease, and the hilarious video co-directed by the band and Alec Basse perfectly complements it. Watch “Gelatin Mode” via Noisey HERE.
“For this video, we wanted to test our physical limits, gunning for stunts no one has ever attempted before. We had no guidelines, no restrictions, just our minds, our bodies, and a camera,” Post Animal explain to Noisey. “We have done away with ourselves. The nights grow short and the days linger. Prepare to abandon reason and have some fun as you venture into… gelatin mode”
The product of six friends exploring their affinity for slick riffs, pop hooks, and psychedelic flourishes, When I Think Of You In A Castle is a record that almost didn’t get made. “Before this album, we weren’t sure what the future of the band was going to look like. I was considering moving to Los Angeles and Joe [Keery] was off filming Stranger Things. We didn’t know where we were all going but we knew we wanted to make an album with all of us in the same room,” explains drummer Wesley Toledo. When the band – comprised of friends from childhood, the local music scene, and hometown burger joints – found the time to go to a lake house in Michigan to record, magic happened and When I Think Of You In A Castle was born. The album will be released on April 20th via Polyvinyl – pre-order it HERE and listen to the first single “Ralphie” HERE.
Post Animal have made a name for themselves as one of Chicago’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, having toured with the likes of Twin Peaks, Wavves,and White Reaper. To celebrate their debut album the band will embark on a headlining U.S. tour, including festival plays at Bonnaroo, SXSW and Shaky Knees. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.
Post Animal are a band of brothers. Though they formed in 2014 and just began touring in 2017, they are joined in a bond much tighter than their years suggest. Initially formed when childhood friends, bassist Dalton Allison and guitarist Matt Williams, met keyboardist and guitarist Jake Hirshland, the band’s sound began to take shape when the three enlisted some more pals from both the Chicago music scene and through their time working at local burger restaurants. Rounding out the band’s lineup, Post Animal is completed by drummer Wesley Toledo and guitarists Javi Reyes and Joe Keery.
In the summer of 2016, the band retreated to a lake house in Watervliet, Michigan to record When I Think Of You In A Castle. For a week and a half, they tracked the LP and finished the album at their house in Chicago, with Allison perfecting the mix over the next year; even while on their 48-city summer tour in their beloved van (RIP Shannon). The finished album, which was mastered by Jake’s brother, Jared Hirshland, is a truly collaborative continuation on the band’s kaleidoscopic and sprawling early beginnings.
But most importantly, When I Think Of You In A Castle is a testament to not only the brotherly connection that these friends share, but also to the power of collaboration between like-minded musicians who just get one another. “Before we recorded it, it was an uncertain time for us as a band, but we all just had a magical time at this lake house in the middle of summer,” explains Toledo. Almost impossible to describe, the Post Animal bond is best observed while foolin’ at the merch table after a sweaty show. They look forward to seeing you there and, naturally, becoming your new best friends.
Tour dates: 04/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club 04/19 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop 04/20 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig 04/21 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement 04/27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 04/28 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 05/02 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin 05/03 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar 05/04 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt 05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (Shaky Knees Aftershow) 05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival 05/24 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop 05/25 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha 05/26 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo 05/29 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott 05/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade 05/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s 06/02 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage 06/04 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter 06/05 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room 06/06 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight 06/09 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 06/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar 06/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater 06/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 06/17 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 06/18 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium 06/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord 06/21 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge 06/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret 06/23 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza 06/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 06/28 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge 06/29 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room 06/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 08/02 – 08/05 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza