Post Animal Announce Debut Album, Share Lead Single "Ralphie"

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Post Animal Announce Debut Album, Share Lead Single "Ralphie"

Ascendent Chicago psych rockers Post Animal are arguably best known for their association with Stranger Things star Joe Keery, but that’s soon to change, as the band have announced their debut album, When I Think Of You In A Castle, due out on April 20 via Polyvinyl Record Co. Founding member Keery plays guitar on the album (and Steve Harrington on Netflix’s beloved sci-fi series), but is no longer an active touring member of Post Animal, as he’s now focused on acting—as for the band, they’re hitting the road this spring in support of their forthcoming album, and it’s shaping up to be their biggest, busiest year yet.

Keery’s burgeoning acting career was one of multiple variables involved in Post Animal’s uncertain road to their debut record, which the six friends recorded at a Michigan lake house. “Before this album, we weren’t sure what the future of the band was going to look like,” recalls drummer Wesley Toledo. “I was considering moving to Los Angeles and Joe was off filming Stranger Things. We didn’t know where we were all going but we knew we wanted to make an album with all of us in the same room.” That’s exactly what they did, as evidenced by vibrant lead single “Ralphie,” on which Keery and bassist Dalton Allison trade lead vocals, showing off the band’s knack for rock that is as hooky as it is hallucinatory.

Post Animal further clarified Keery’s connection to the band in a statement:

In early 2015, Joe joined our band and quickly became one of our best friends. He’s played a vital role in Post Animal and the creation of every musical release we’ve had or planned thus far, including his vocals and guitar work on When I Think Of You In A Castle. It comes as no surprise that our incredibly talented Joe has found success in other artistic endeavors, and for that reason he is no longer an active touring member of Post Animal. We plan to create more magic with him in the future as our fondness for musical collaboration remains strong.

On that note, we hope you enjoy “Ralphie,” and we are excited to share more music with you in the coming months.

With love and dedication,
Post Animal

In hitting the road without Keery, Post Animal are starting a new chapter in their collective career, which has already seen them perform alongside the likes of Twin Peaks, Wavves and White Reaper. The band will embark on a headlining tour of the U.S. next month, making stops at high-profile festivals like Bonnaroo, SXSW and Shaky Knees—ticket info here.

Listen to “Ralphie” and watch Post Animal’s 2017 Horseshack session below, and further down, find their new album’s tracklist and cover art, along with the band’s tour dates. You can preorder When I Think Of You In A Castle here. The album also features “Special Moment,” the music video for which Paste had the pleasure of premiering last spring.

When I Think Of You In A Castle Tracklist:
01. Everywhere All At Once
02. Gelatin Mode
03. Tire Eyes
04. Ralphie
05. Heart Made of Metal
06. Castle
07. Special Moment
08. Victory Lap-Danger Zone
09. One Thing
10. Dirtpicker

When I Think Of You In A Castle Album Art:

Post Animal album art.jpg

Post Animal Tour Dates:

March
09 – Davenport, Iowa @ Daytrotter 
10 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Foam
11 – Springfield, Mo. @ Outland Ballroom

April
18 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Cactus Club
19 – Bloomington, Ind. @ The Bishop
20 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ Blind Pig
21 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
27 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
28 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon

May
02 – Columbia, Mo. @ Cafe Berlin
03 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
04 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The High Watt
06 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Shaky Knees Festival
24 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio @ Grog Shop
25 – Toronto, Ontario @ Smiling Buddha
26 – Montreal, Quebec @ Casa Del Popolo
29 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
30 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
31 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s

June
02 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
04 – Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter
05 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
06 – Asheville, N.C. @ Mothlight
09 – Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
11 – Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada
14 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Bootleg Theater
16 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ Constellation Room
17 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar
18 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ The Catalyst Atrium
19 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Cafe du Nord
21 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
22 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Fox Cabaret
23 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza
26 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
28 – Denver, Colo. @ Lost Lake Lounge
29 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown Front Room
30 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry

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