Today, Ceramic Animal have released a new single, “Up In Smoke,” along with a companion music video directed by Bob Sweeney and shot cinema verite style around their hometown. “’Up In Smoke’ takes you on a forlorn, lonesome journey that shows how the feeling of isolation can seep into every aspect of life,” says lead singer, Chris Regan. “The upbeat instrumentation creates a necessary dichotomy and acts as a sign of hope. There is always a chance to break out from the hold of solitude.” The band recently announced the release of their new album, Sweet Unknown, due out March 4th. The album will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. Late last year Ceramic Animal also released the album’s title track and accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.
Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post-punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile.
Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far-flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do – work hard.
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father—their greatest influence and biggest fan—just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022. Highlights include The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY on February 16th, Schuba’s in Chicago on February 25th and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on March 6th. A full list of tour dates are below.
Feb 16 – The Sultan Room – Brooklyn, NY
Feb 18 – Sonias – Boston, MA
Feb 19 – Pie Shop – Washington D.C.
Feb 25 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
Feb 26 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
Feb 27 – Big Room Bar – Columbus, OH
Mar 6 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 12 – Savannah Stopover – Savannah, GA