EP Review

ANIIMALIA – Pressure Points: EP Review

ANIIMALIA release their new EP and show just what all the hype is about…they are a band to really keep an eye on.

Release Date: 19th August 2022

Label: Marshall

Format: Digital

After winning Kerrang! Radio’s ‘The Deal’ competition, wowing crowds on the Avalanche Stage of Download Festival 2022 and releasing two fantastic videos shot by Loki Films. Listeners are finally able to hear the full extent of ANIIMALIA’s talent on their debut EP ‘Pressure Points’. The EP, produced, mixed and mastered by Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon / Nova Twins / Funeral For A Friend) showcases Kira Beckett’s falsetto and the band’s anchored grooves putting them leagues ahead of the competition.

At five songs long, Pressure Points hits all the right spots. Alien opens with urgent riffing and bombastic drumming before Kira Beckett announces herself in wicked fashion. Her vast range and style fits ANIIMALIA’s sound deliciously and Alien is the perfect opener to showcase this brilliant new band. Silver Linings has a different tempo and style and helps showcase the band in a different sway. There is a real swagger in the music from the band which consists of Kieran Boobyer, Ben Gasan and Max Reynolds. At around the two minute mark, the music hits an instrumental section which doesn’t go for the obvious tropes. Powerful drums and thumping rhythms coalesce. Beckett has a real menace in her delivery.

Pace is something that is key here; False Enemy darts out of the blocks before having a more subdued feel. This is a song that has real peaks and troughs. A rolling guitar line that emerges throughout the song is utterly glorious and ensures a grin a mile wide; get the air guitars ready! D.O.A. is a driving piece of rock and roll that centres around a shunting bass line with monolithic guitars building throughout. The bass opens up the closer, Haywire. Again, ANIIMALIA flit between tempos and styles throughout the song without it sounding clunky or ill judged; everything intertwines perfectly.

ANIIMALIA are certainly a band to keep an eye on. They have the potential to really become something big. Their sound has many elements and influences but if you are a fan of hard rock, grunge, and bands like Black Moth and VENUS GRRRLS then ANIIMALIA will not fail in hitting the spot.

To celebrate the release of the EP the band will be heading out on a run of UK dates in September:

  • 16th September – Swindon, The Vic
  • 17th September – Plymouth, The Junction (with support from Okay, Bye)
  • 18th September – Bristol, Crofters Rights (with support from Last One Home and Seneca)
  • 19th September – London, New Cross Inn (with support from Prey Drive and The Maisonettes)

Watch the video for Alien from ANIIMALIA below.

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