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Winter is coming to a close with each passing day, and now that the snow is melting and Mother Nature isn't trying to kill us with ice like she's out for blood, it's time to start getting hyped for summer. In just a month or two, we'll all get to take our swimsuits, shorts, and sandals out of the closet and get outside to enjoy some lovely days and warm rays. Don't fret about how there are technically two or so months of mild-weathered spring first, 'cause the rate at which climate change research is screeching to a grinding halt likely means we'll be having fun under the sun in record time! (#silverlinings)

Of course, it can't be a true summer experience without some good music, the kind you can blast from the car with the top down and a surfboard in the backseat. If you're looking for a fresh, new band to get the good times rolling, than look no further than west coast pop-rockers Half the Animal. Born and raised in Los Angeles, UV rays and chill vibes are practically in the band's DNA, and the four members channel that unquestionable LA rock sound with shimmering grace and effortless authenticity. It all started on the shores of Laguna Beach, when singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross were casted on the MTV show of the same name. Despite reality shows being known and loved for scandalous drama and unwavering superficiality, the two had been best buds since childhood, and they used the elevated recognition to double the band's numbers - with bassist Evan Smith and guitarist Dan Graham - and take the world of SoCal pop-rock by storm.

Right out the gate, the band began to turn some heads with "Babylon," the fist-raising anthem that channels Maroon 5 as much as it does U2. The follow-up single, "Saturday Night," is all about having a good time on the weekend, hanging out with friends and making some memories that tread the fine line between "questionable" and "unforgettable." Just last week, the band released their much-anticipated EP, Shapes, which means there's plenty of music to dig into and add onto your summer party playlists. As if things couldn't get any better, Half the Animal stopped by Baeble HQ recently to help end the Brooklyn winter a little sooner, featuring some unplugged versions you won't hear anywhere else.

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and we're in Half The Animal, and we're here at... - Oh, me? - ...at Baeble Music. Baeble, baeble, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bumper car.
- He's the man.
Take it away.
- No, you got to do one, too.
- I'm Dan.
- And I'm Chase, and we are Half The Animal, and we are here at... - Baeble Music.
- Half The Animal is really new, and we see it as a rebirth, but also, as just something brand new, you know? And recently...we have Dan now, and it's become a family, it's become a real group.
We feel like we finally are the real four-piece family group band that we're supposed to be.
Dan's actually the mastermind behind how we do it acoustically, and a genius.
I mean, he brings this whole Blues deal.
- It's just cool to kind of put a twist on it, keep things interesting, you know? I mean, that's the easy thing to do, is just play it as is on the record, so it's always good to do a little twist.
- It's not like you don't know, it's like, "Oh, well what song is that?" You can still tell what song it is if you know the EP and everything, but it's still different enough where you're interested, you know? So we're really happy with the new acoustic set.
I always knew that you would be The death of me
The way you hold my hands To the fire
I gotta find A new way to medicate
Way to medicate
The secrets that you keep Keep me wide awake
Your bitter kiss It's a taste I've acquired
So I'mma give you more Than my heart to break
My heart to break
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
Like we could go Anywhere you like
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
'Cause you'll be gone before the morning comes
'Cause this ain't love, but it's still good enough
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
Wrapped in the sheets I can't seem to break away
You'd think by now That I learned my lesson
I'm just a man You're just a runaway
Just run away
Out in the streets You don't even know my name
You make it clear You're no one's possession
But I just don't mind No, no, I just play the game
I just play the game
Ooh! I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
Like we could go Anywhere you like
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
'Cause you'll be gone before the morning comes
'Cause this ain't love, but it's still good enough
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
Woo!
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Yeah
Like we could go Anywhere you like
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
Yeah, we can go Anywhere you like
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
'Cause you'll be gone before the morning comes
'Cause this ain't love, but it's still good enough
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
I know I'm wrong But it feels so right
Make me feel Like a Saturday night
- Thank you.
- Woo.
- Creatively, we feel reborn, yeah, and it's a culmination of many years of creating and kind of knowing yourself better as a songwriter, and also just having new birth in you as a songwriter, and now, the four of us...we got Dan, Evan, Nick, and myself, it's like we're a very tight-bond group, and we treat this as our life and as family.
I felt like I lost my youth a little bit.
A while back, when I was younger, got into some rough stuff, and I came back from it.
You go through things in life, and it can be anything for someone.
It can be any kind of traumatic experience, or any kind of addiction, or anything that ails you, you know, or does anything like that that keeps you from your dreams.
And that started to happen, and I came out of it alive, and Babylon is kind of that story.
Four in the mornin' Stumblin' out that door
I'm back to the place I've been so many times before
Part of me is saying, "Turn it down"
Part of me is saying, "Burn it down"
I think I got it figured out Yeah
And I know I'm gonna get it right
But it costs To play in paradise
There ain't no stoppin' me tonight Yeah
And I'll keep on burnin' Until I see the sun
There you'll be waitin' 'Cause you are my Babylon
And I see the shadows But I'm still holdin' on
Show me that way home 'Cause you are my Babylon
I'm chasin' the devil In the shape of a woman
And I look to the sky And I pray that tomorrow comes
Part of me is saying, "Turn it down"
Part of me is saying, "Burn it down"
I think I got it figured out Yeah
And I know I'm gonna get it right
But it costs To play in paradise
There ain't no stoppin' me tonight Yeah
And I'll keep on burnin' Until I see the sun
There you'll be waitin' You are my Babylon
And I see the shadows But I'm still holdin' on
Show me that way home 'Cause you are my Babylon
No, oh, oh Just can't let you go, oh, oh
I said, no, oh, oh No, I just can't let you go, oh, oh
And I'll keep on burnin' Until I see that sun
Show me your way home You are my Babylon
Four in the mornin' Stumblin' out that door
- Thank you very much.
- The EP is called Shapes.
I think we think that each song has a shape, and each person takes new shapes in their lives, you know? Sometimes they're triangles.
I really like triangles.
Triangles, they're circles, you know, everything feels like a different shape, if you really want to bring it down to it, and we've taken so many shapes in our lives.
And with the rebirth of the band, all these songs and this EP represent all those different shapes that we've taken, and we're in love with it, and we hope that everyone else is, too.
- So, if someone's just having, you know, a bad day, they put on the song and that's just enough to put a smile on their face, and get through the day, and be like, "Yeah, I'm good.
" - I like that.
- You know, that's all it is.
You know, just having that feel-good feeling, and that's important.
- And sometimes, even if you feel down and you want to hear an uppity song, we have that.
Sometimes if you just want to hear music that makes you feel good, we got that, and other times, if you're sad and you want to hear sad music, you can find it in that, you know? I think anyone...like, our music, we always leave it open for interpretation.
You know, I could explain all day what it means to me lyrically, but at the end of the day, it matters what the people get out of it, and so, like, when they listen to it, if they have their own deal with it and it's completely different, I'm into it.
Mm-hmm...
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
Can't tell me nothin' I ain't heard before
'Cause you know I ain't waitin' to get in the door
Don't want no tricks You're hiding up your sleeve
Better show me Everything that you've got underneath
If you want If you want
If you want my love Mm-hmm
If you want If you want
If you want my love
You have got to be somebody You've just got to be somebody
You've got to be strong You've got to be tight
You've got to keep me up all night If you want to be somebody
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love Mm
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
You want to know me Baby, take your time
'Cause you know That I ain't racin' to no finish line
It ain't no secret how to make me yours 'Cause I need somethin' more
Won't you give me some more?
If you want If you want
If you want my love Hmm-hmm
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love
You have got to be somebody You've just got to be somebody
You've got to be strong You've got to be tight
You've got to keep me up all night If you want to be somebody
If you want If you want
If you want my love
If you want If you want
If you want my love Mm-mm
If you want If you want
If you want my love
Oh, if you want If you want
If you want my love
Somebody You've just got to be somebody
- Let's do that again.
You have got to be somebody You've just got to be somebody
You've got to be strong You've got to be tight
You've got to keep me up all night If you want to be somebody
Somebody for me
Somebody, ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh
Somebody for me
- Yeah, it was a bad ending, but that was different.
It was cool.
Anyways, thank you so much for having us.
We're Half The Animal, and we're here at Baeble Music.
Much love.
Cheers.
Make me feel like Make me feel like a Saturday night
Make me feel like Make me feel like a Saturday night

Artist Bio

"This is the beginning of a new era for us," says front man Chase Johnson. "We-re Southern California kids that grew up surfing and skating our entire lives which inspired our desire to be creative and start playing music together. There-s a real story to tell between the four of us and I feel like we-ve finally hit on something really special."

Having originally met in Laguna Beach, singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross found success early together, thrust into the spotlight as featured characters on the MTV hit series, Laguna Beach. This led to countless sessions with acclaimed producers, successful touring, and notable TV appearances including one of the last performances on TRL. Bassist Evan Smith joined the equation only a few years- later, bringing countless years of touring experience with Silversun Pickups, Chromeo, and Big Data. Classically trained guitarist Alex Asch quickly completed the quartet in early 2016.

"We-ve been best friends for decades." says drummer Nick Gross. "I remember the first time I met Chase. His mother taught the church class we would go to after school together and I remember seeing this twelve-year old kid with a beard, and thought he was the coolest kid I had ever met. When he mentioned he also happened to be a singer, I was hooked. From that moment forward we rehearsed every day in our family garage. We always talked about our musical influences and created our identities as people through the band."

The school friends that formed a band 12 years ago have now seen a cycle reborn- but this time not through the hands of major labels and agencies that brought years of raised hopes, broken promises, and false starts.

"After we signed our major label deal to Sony/Epic we spent the next four years touring and reflecting on where we envisioned our careers and our music going." says Nick Gross. "This entire time we-ve played together there has always been a greater vision, a completely new brand with a clear identity that would mold itself over time through our experiences. Some of these experiences have been agonizing; but they have been crucial to the evolution of the band and our new identity."

That identity, HALF THE ANIMAL, came alive in 2016- with an epic, enlightening, and invigorating message to tell. Together with the support of fellow hit songwriters J Kash (Maroon 5, Kesha) and Ammo (Jason Derulo, Katy Perry), the group-s debut EP, 'SHAPES- is a bold opening statement unleashing timeless pop melodies, atmospheric guitar tones, and dance-your-face off drum grooves.

"Babylon", the alternative pop rock act-s first single, is an emotionally charged and cinematic tale that tells Chase-s story of youth and his struggle to kick old habits. Songs like "Saturday Night" toil with reoccurring unhealthy relationships carried by an uplifting hook that reminds you of your favorite four-on-the floor secret late-night weekend obsession.

"We love the concept that everything in life is made of shapes, and that on their own a shape doesn-t necessarily stand for anything, but when you combine them you can get an amazing piece of art that has a message," says guitarist Alex Asch. "Kind of like a band, as an individual you create sounds, but as a group you create music."

Utilizing a non-linear approach to their songwriting and production that captivates audiences, the band embraces diversity throughout the EP. 'SHAPES- embodies the emotional spectrum of a storied past and introduces us to the multidimensional sound we will come to know. "We believe that no single song should or ever have to feel the same, and we want to establish that tone early on," says bassist Evan Smith. "We hope that this first release will give listeners an understanding of what the future holds for this band."

Perhaps the name of the EP describes just that- an idea that an alternative pop rock band can take on multiple forms and multiple shapes- leaving an intriguing anticipation for what lies next around the corner.

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