The Sound of Animals Fighting Reunite at The Trocadero

Experimental rock supergroup The Sound of Animals Fighting played their first shows in years Thursday and Friday night at The Trocadero to a wonderful response from vocalist Anthony Green‘s hometown. Friday night was a spectacle of energetic and unusual wonders, including Green being totally possessed by the music and fully-masked individuals creepily standing still for songs’ entireties. In addition to Green, the live lineup consists of the members from RX Bandits (guitars: Matt Embree & Steve Choi, bass: Joe Troy, drums: Crhis Tsagakis), as well as vocalists Rich Balling (formerly of RX Bandits) and Matthew Kelly (The Autumns).

Tulsa, OK post rock outfit Unwed Sailor opened the evening with a powerful set of instrumental music. Changing from ambient to heavy through guitar-driven build ups, the band should catch the ear of fans of Explosions in the Sky. Check them out on Reverbnation.

Singer Matthew Kelly solemnly took the stage surrounded by people in yellow body suits who placed themselves at his feet (pictured below) and he solely sung the soft-yet-emotional “The Heretic”. After that, The Sound of Animals Fighting delved into their heavy, progressive, and attention-grabbing styles of music and live stage antics. Jumping into the first few ‘Acts’ off 2007’s Tiger & The Duke, Anthony Green immediately began jumping around and shouting in spectacular fashion. Every member of RX Bandits puts on an amazing show too; their guitar riffs are fun and upbeat while still having a sharp, cutting edge to them. Tsagakis pounds the drums with notable intensity and precision, and the fills he comes up with are genius. Some of the best songs from the night were “Another Leather Lung,” “I, The Swan” and “Act IV: You Don’t Need A Witness”, their closing number. The set featured more theatric moments with people in full colored body suits coming out and standing in staged positions while the band played. It was a treat to finally see this band live, their honest style of music is matched by their live show’s intensity and in-the-moment mannerisms that show their true colors.

Check out photos below, and keep an eye out for what’s next for this extraordinarily talented supergroup. Listen to The Sound of Animals Fighting on Spotify.

The Sound of Animals Fighting

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Unwed Sailor

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All photos by Jay Breslin

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