Animal Lover is made up of guitarist-vocalist Addison Shark, drummer Nate Fisher, and bassist Evan Bullinger. If the power trio’s name strikes you as unfamiliar, perhaps their respective predecessors will stir your memory. Shark and Fisher are alumni of Gumbi, the heavy punk outfit while Bullinger is a former guitarist for the underground metal group, Høst. Both bands hailed from the Fargo/Moorhead area. For Addison Shark, the union came naturally. “Our bands went on tour together and I guess we bonded or something,” he says. “A few months later both our bands broke up so we just combined forces.”
The Animal Lover sound is a bit difficult to encapsulate, even for Shark. “I’ve never had an easy time describing our sound,” he says. “I guess that’s up to someone else to decide.” If the tracks available at their Myspace page offer any assistance, it smacks of bass-heavy noise-punk that pushes and plods with relative consistency. As passionate devotees to everything from post-punk luminaries such as The Fall to Krautrock legends like Kraftwerk, their influences are diverse. “We’re all pretty big music fans and we don’t listen to one particular sound,” adds Addison. [Moorhead Advocate, September 2010]
Dave Bloxsom, Brandon Keegan, Benjamin Jones. Three worthless beings have composed expressive and negative music in between bouts of illness, insanity, and incarceration. The only one adored. Attempted suicide in 2003. Still we composed in our first year 140 lieder, in honor of our love. But my heart lectures have become vague and incomprehensible. Jumped into the Mississippi River to die, but still live years later and onward. Punk as fuck.