Brooklyn’s own Animal Years, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mike McFadden, drummer Anthony Spinnato, and bassist Anthony Saladino, are rockin’ their way to the top. The trio released their debut album internationally last year, Sun Will Rise, and it’s a hidden gem featuring soft rock instrumentals and powerful vocals.
New Yorkers are in for a treat if you’re interested in catching Animal Years live.
They’ll be opening next week for singer Martin Sexton, a veteran songwriter and performer with several albums under his belt. Not only is this a huge opportunity for Animal Years, Martin is also an idol of theirs! So, just how do they feel about their upcoming show?
Mike had all the answers for us.
PW: Were you guys fans of Martin Sexton before this opportunity to open for him? What are you most excited about with that show?
Mike: I have been influenced heavily by Martin Sexton over the years. I am a huge fan! I'm just excited to be able to share the stage with him, I've only been to his shows as a fan in the past.
PW: What can fans, old and potential ones, expect from an Animal Years live show?
M: TONS of energy! Even if you didn't know about us before, you will be a fan by the time you leave the venue.
PW: What songs are you most excited to introduce to a new crowd and why?
M: Our song "Walking Slow" is a great song that caters to a lot of different genres. It starts out rockabilly and has some pop and reggae parts throughout. We love to end our shows with it and really go nuts towards the end.
PW: A year from now, who would you like to be able to say you've opened for?
M: With Robert Randolph and Martin Sexton already under our belts, I'm feeling very content. I'm listening to Lord Huron's new record right now, how about them? That would be cool.
Interested? You should be.
Check out one of my personal favorites by Animal Years below, “Meet Me.”
As for their show with Martin, it’s next Friday night (May 1) at the Gramercy Theatre at 7 pm. Tickets are still available, so grab ‘em before they’re gone!
For more from the Animal Years, check out their official website. You can also stream Sun Will Rise on SoundCloud.