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. Be on the lookout for that later in the week, but in the meantime, check out Shapes
whoever you get music, and start getting in the mood for the hot weather with even hotter music.