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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

Chase Johnson and Nick Gross met in the third grade. Growing together from such a young age they developed the kind of friendship that turns into brotherhood. Butting heads against each other, but standing back to back against the world. They bonded over their love of music, in particular the give-no-fs ethos of their native Southern Californian punk scene. Drawn to the spotlight from an early age, Chase fell easily into the role of frontman (didnt hurt that he could actually sing). Nick loved to beat the crap out of things, and discovered he could do that with a modicum of coordination--hence he became the drummer. Their high school band was scooped up by a major and somehow ended up on a hit reality MTV show (with Chase unwittingly emerging as a focal point).
The whole ordeal left a bad taste in the bands mouth, and they said screw it. Chase moved on
to pursue his passion for photography, and Nick wanted to inspire young people in a way he had never been; founding Find Your Grind - a non profit that offers scholarships, curriculum and guidance to expose high school students to non-conventional life/work paths.

Last year Nick and Chase reconnected, and decided to take all theyd learned and do right by music-
-their true love. Savvier about the business, and elevated in their taste level (theyre no longer playing skate punk), they started Half The Animal. After getting burned by the industry at a young age, Nick and Chase decided to bet on themselves and pool all their resources to develop and launch their project independently. In a short amount oftime HTA has accomplished more than most bands with record deals do over the course of multiple albums, including touring with Atlas Genius, Smallpools and Great Good Fine OK. Theyve been in the studio with monster producers such as JKash (Charlie Puth, Maroon 5) and Ammo (Mike Posner, Katy Perry), and more recently have been working on a collection of songs with Captain Cuts (Walk The Moon, Iconapop) and Sam Martin (G-Eazy, Jhen Aiko).

When going in with Cuts, HTA had a vision to approach alt-rock from a new angle. They wanted to capture the chillwave of 2018 with modern production, unique sounds, but with a rock n roll attitude. They wanted memorable melodies that werent predictable, and lyrics that spoke to the dichotomy of Chase Johnson - an exuberant, fashion-forward extrovert, who struggles with a reclusive demon-plagued vulnerability.
These new songs with Captain Cuts and Sam Martin will be the cornerstone of the 2018 launch of Half The Animal. They have radio smashes in the can, but will be rolling things out slowly and building organically throughout the year.

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