Animals As Leaders, the L.A.-based trio that Rolling Stone described as incorporating “jazz, electronic and even dance pop into their all-instrumental music,” before going on to say they “are as satisfying in their visceral kick as they are dazzling in their displays of dexterity,” return with their fourth album, The Madness of Many, on Nov. 11 via Sumerian Records.

“This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We’re beyond thrilled with the result.”

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding, “The Madness of Many is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.” Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

The Madness of Many Track Listing:
1. Arithmophobia
2. Ectogenesis
3. Cognitive Contortions
4. Inner Assassins
5. Private Visions of the World
6. Backpfeifengesicht
7. Transcentience
8. The Glass Bridge
9. The Brain Dance
10. Aepirophobia

The trio kick off their first tour in support of the new album on Nov. 10, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates.

Animals As Leaders Tour Dates:
November 10 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
November 11 Pomona, CA The Glass House
November 12 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
November 14 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
November 15 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
November 16 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
November 18 Calgary, AB Macewan Ballroom
November 19 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
November 20 Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Event Centre
November 21 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Centre
November 23 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
November 25 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
November 26 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
November 27 Columbus, OH Park Street Saloon
November 28 Toronto, ON Opera House
November 29 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
November 30 Boston, MA Royale
December 1 New York, NY Webster Hall
December 2 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
December 3 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
December 4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
December 6 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
December 7 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
December 8 New Orleans, LA Republic New Orleans
December 9 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
December 10 Austin, TX Mohawk
December 11 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
December 12 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
December 15 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan
December 16 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
December 17 San Francisco, CA Social Hall SF


Since Animals As Leaders’ self-titled debut, the band has become one of the most talked about and revered heavy prog outfits with each band member gracing the covers of guitar and drum magazines worldwide. In the intervening years, and with two more albums (Weightless and The Joy of Motion), they have cemented themselves as not just an unparalleled trio of technical prowess but also as sought after individual players with Abasi joining guitar heroes Joe Satriani at the G4 Experience, as well as Nuno Bettencourt and Steve Vai on the Generation Axe tour, Garstka performing at international drum clinics and festivals while Reyes moonlights with Mestis, his solo project which released the full-length album Polysemy last year.

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