I have a confession to make: despite my love for heavy underground music, I have have a soft spot for “good ‘ole boy” jams which extends to pretty much anything with a twang that makes me want to sit around a fire with my friends with a case of local beers. One of the first artists who captured that essence was Josh Ritter. His work, particularly the songs ‘Harrisburg’ and ‘A Thin Blue Frame’ became my bridge to other artists who straddled the line between rock, americana, and folk.
It’s hard to put folk and powerful in the same genre, but Animal Years seems to make that combination happen effortlessly. Their new EP Far From Home uses the same kind of style of Lumineers, The Strumbellas, and Brandi Carlile. It’s riddled with hand-claps, catchy choruses, and a driving energy that’s so contagious. We talked to Mike McFadden about their new EP,