Lighting a torch with an upbeat tempo, “Blackout” is a middle of the week adrenaline rush. Hosting a bit of fuzzy garage punk, Bad Animal kick to their pulse with a distinctive vigor. It’s hypnotic and raw, effortlessly creating a power surge on top of contagious melodies. Take a listen below, and watch the music video directed by Branden Wren, perfectly capturing the sizzling energy of the group.
“‘Blackout’ was the result of pure excitement from discovering new sounds to work with. It stood out to us from all the past songs we had written, and set a clear standard for anything going forward with this album. Mayhem, Destruction and Escape are the three things we want you to feel when you set your eyes on this smashing art piece that we have created.” – Bad Animal
With their first album Tonight (2016), the band introduced their swaggering, infectious energy to the Canadian scene, and the scene took notice. Establishing themselves as go-to party starters in their hometown of Calgary, the band was invited to open for acts like Blink-182, The Used, Mother Mother, SWMRS, and Matt Mays.
Now, the band is preparing to release the next chapter, a new album recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Destroyer, Hot Hot Heat, Yukon Blonde) at his Hive Studio on Vancouver Island. It’s slick and confident, while also maintaining the raw, indestructible energy the band has become known for. The relentless first single “Blackout” provides a first taste of the new sound, with a heaviness that drags you in, balanced by a catchiness that makes you feel safe. It’s this cathartic combination that wins over fans at every show, as they join the pack, one by one.