Animals in the Attic is a three-piece beach pop, chill-wave, rock band from Sacramento, California. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist, Spencer Rakela, keyboardist and bass synthesist, Clayton LaFlamme, and drummer, Geoff Luoma.
They began working together as a band back in 2013 and have been playing together ever since. The group is currently based in Sacramento, CA. Their sound is inspired by various modern influences such as: Mac Demarco, Real Estate, Dr. Dog, Beach House, Washed Out, Youth Lagoon, Father John Misty, and Pink Floyd. The group is dedicated to their music career and passionate about sharing it with the world. They spend their time creating tunes in their basement where they use sounds
to transcend through the darkness of the basement into the light of the attic. The ‘attic’ is the mind, while ‘animals’ represent those thoughts which have found the light of the attic. Spencer’s thoughts in the form of lyrics evoke a transient escape and combined with the music, create a meaningful sound that relaxes souls living in a generation filled with anxiety.
In April of 2016, AITA released their debut record titled “Half-Asleep Surf,” recorded at Fat Cat Studio, Sacramento, CA. ‘Half-Asleep Surf’ is also the name of their self-titled indie rock subgenre. The band continues to incorporate the use of meditation in the making of their music, hence the term ‘Half- Asleep.’ This process and outlook gives their listeners a chance to lay back and experience the ease of their passionately creative minds.
Throughout 2018, AITA has released two parts of a three part record titled “Naked in Public.” The third part will release early 2019. A dive deep into the feelings that come with the lifestyle of a struggling artist; enjoying the small things in life and trying to escape the grips of an overwhelming vision. NIP is fused together by a mix of jazz, folk, chillwave, and pop rocks, making an irresistible recipe.
Today, the band is back with a sneak peek into what’s coming up in the form of “Don’t Even Know,” a song that captures the best of the band’s chillwave and 80s New Wave influences.