Animal Lover

Animal Lover have a sound that hits you in the forehead and gut simultaneously. Frontman Addison Shark's guitar explodes like a dirty bomb of feedback, and the pulverizing bass and drums of Evan Bullinger and Nate Fisher add to its shrapnel spray. This is noise rock powerful enough to leave a lasting physical impression -- albeit a confusing one for venues assembling punk nights. "It does get pretty tunnel vision as far as being genre-specific," Shark elaborates. "We'll wind up on a straight hardcore bill because that's kind of just what goes on in that particular scene."

Originally hailing from the Fargo punk and metal scenes, Animal Lover met while sharing bills in a series of groups including Gumbi and Høst. After self-releasing a 7-inch and touring the Midwest a few years ago, they packed up and moved permanently to our fair cities. The connections they made in the DIY tour circuit made the Twin Cities attractive, but they're still out on the road several times a year, to places as far-removed as Washington and New York. "We really like getting out of town and meeting people," explains Shark. "It's really fun making friends and playing with those bands again."

For now, they don't have a well-manicured Tumblr page, and almost no internet presence whatsoever. But make no mistake, this is not a bad thing. Despite their online invisibility, their three short-run EPs still have received a healthy share of accolades locally and even a Pitchfork write-up. There's merit in shredding genre pigeonholes, and that's something Animal Lover seems to take a quiet joy in. Be it an incredibly faithful cover of the Who's "Substitute," or flashes of spiking melodicism within their noisy assault, the group's unapologetic character recalls their DIY forebears in the Minutemen. "There's the politics of doin' it yourself," says Addison. "But we don't have anybody knocking on the door to do it for us. That's the only way we can." [City Pages, Picked to Click 2013]

Past Shows


Sep
1
st
2016
Turf Club
Sep
1
st
2016
Turf Club

Buildings

with Multicult, NOVACRON and Animal Lover
Oct
15
th
2015
Turf Club
Oct
15
th
2015
Turf Club

ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT

with YONI YUM, Animal Lover, WEAKWICK and more!
Jul
4
th
2015
Turf Club
Jul
4
th
2015
Turf Club
Feb
24
th
2015
7th St Entry
Feb
24
th
2015
7th St Entry

Single Mothers

with The Dirty Nil and Animal Lover
Oct
17
th
2014
7th St Entry
Oct
17
th
2014
7th St Entry

The Blind Shake

with the Hussy, American Cream and Animal Lover
May
15
th
2014
Turf Club
May
15
th
2014
Turf Club

Animal Lover

with STNNNG, Solid Attitude and Les Deux Magots
Mar
14
th
2014
7th St Entry
Mar
14
th
2014
7th St Entry

Disasteratti

with Buildings, Mrs. and Animal Lover
Nov
8
th
2013
Turf Club
Nov
8
th
2013
Turf Club

Vaz

with Animal Lover and WHITE FLAG
Sep
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry
Sep
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry

O’Brother

with Native, Daylight and Animal Lover
Dec
23
rd
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
23
rd
2011
7th St Entry

Animal Lover

with THE FUNERAL AND THE TWILIGHT, Small White and Les Deux Magots

More Shows

Mar
14
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

An Evening with
Gaelic Storm

Aug
14
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
UMPHREY’S MCGEE

Oct
2
nd
Mainroom
postponed

Soulwax

Nov
27
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Dave Simonett

with bnsn rmsy