Social Animals have announced their signing to Rise Records (home of At The Drive In, Placebo and Pup) with the release of new single Bad Things and accompanying music video.
Inspired by a superstition amongst friends – which singer/guitarist Dedric Clark refers to as “a Midwestern version of Murphy’s Law” – Bad Things showcases moody synth tones and luminous guitar lines weaved around haunting melodies and introspective lyrics (You don’t get used to an empty room/You just to get used to hearing voices running over all the choices you have made). “In the Midwest, I think we’re bred to fear that anytime something good happens to you, something horrible will happen very quickly afterward. Probably a side effect of the long winters,” Clark further explains.
Social Animals’ music is all at once euphoric and melancholy, hazy and expansive. Drawing on influences such as The Cure, Oasis and New Order this band of millennials capture the paranoid uncertainty and optimistic self-delusion that survival in today’s world demands.