Cultural reference points with the Minnesota group...

These are important times for Social Animals.

The Minnesota risers have an epic feel to their indie songcraft, something that has won them a deal with Rise Records.

Last year's wonderful single 'Bad Things' solidified this relationship, and they enter 2020 with a brand new release.

A potent new single, Social Animals have placed a seven inch pressing on sale featuring three brand new songs.

Epic, arena-sized indie rock with a beautiful sense of poignancy to the lyrics, it's a trilogy of moving musicality.

Clash caught up with Social Animals to chat cultural reference points in Culture Clash.


Music: Lately I have been stuck on the newest Menzingers album 'Hello Exile'. Great melodies and some cool lyrics.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with The Japanese House as well. But when I really feel trapped I always come back to 'Trouble Will Find Me' by The National. I can’t tell if it’s helpful or harmful, but it feels familiar and sometimes that’s enough.

Gadget: My MacBook is my savior right now. It’s my studio. I am deep into a demo right now and it’s such a convenient time for inspiration to hit.

It doesn’t always happen at a good time, and rarely when I want it to. I have barely been able to pull myself away from it, even to write this. Back to it now I suppose.


Places: I'm trying to get fresh air a couple times a day during this self-isolation period (and staying more than six feet away from everyone!). My backyard is fenced in, so I'll let the dogs out and watch them chase each other around.

Whenever the weather allows I take a motorcycle ride and find new Minnesota parks, my favorite lately is Theodore Wirth Park, it's close to my home and has beautiful curving roads and several small lakes.

Podcasts: I'm obsessed with the Stuff You Should Know podcast. They have over 1000 episodes and I've started to listen to repeats. It's just two pretty normal dudes who basically read articles to you, with good humour and pleasant banter. It's calming, and listening to them chat makes me feel like I'm out socializing, in a way.

Books: I just finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, an alternate history fantasy novel about two quarreling English magicians.

I'm diving heavy into fantasy and fiction these days, like The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, or anything by Don DeLillo. Seems like my mind is craving something other than rigid news and facts.

TV Shows: I can relate to the meme that's been going around, the one that says "I finished Netflix". I think I did. Now I'm halfway through finishing Amazon Prime and HBO Go. My favorite shows have been Ares, Bojack Horseman, The Watchmen, The Boys and Good Omens. Anything whimsical fantasy and a tinge of horror.

Also for a palate cleanser I highly recommend The World's Most Extraordinary Homes, the relationship between the two hosts is so gentle and kind, it always put me into a slight zen.

PS from Dedric:

Agreed with Tony on Bojack. That series coming to an end was a personal loss for me and I am still getting over it.

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Social Animals new single 'Best Years' is out now.

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