By Aimee Huckeba
South by Southwest is the premier festival for up-and-coming music, films, gaming and more that takes place across Austin for nine days. SXSW 2018 has come and gone, leaving Austin with a strong impression of the underground talent that has already started to surface. I had to go see the Chicago-based band Post Animal this festival season. Luckily for me, the band had numerous shows and I got to see them twice. The first show I saw was at a venue called Mohawk and the second show was at 21st Street Co-Op in West Campus at University of Texas. The six-piece psych pop-rock band consists of Jake Hirshland on keyboard and guitar; Wesley Toledo on drums; Matt Williams, Javi Reyes and Joe Keery (inactive but still involved) on guitar; Dalton Allison on bass. Every member compromises on lead vocals.
Their first show I attended was at the All Are Welcome Day Party presented by Mohawk. Post Animal went on at 2 p.m. at the outdoor venue just as the sun was at its peak. Film camera in hand, I was ready to capture any moment this band was going to deliver on stage. The way each member becomes encapsulated in the music is thrilling to watch from the audience. They have the kind of “close your eyes and bob your head” music, giving an incredible and connected show. They only played a handful of songs since there were other acts to play that stage, but nonetheless the band’s presence was endearing for it being such a warm day.
The band’s next show of the day was more intimate. In a room full of friendly faces, Post Animal put on another loud and exhilarating performance just several hours after the previous show that day. Treehouse Records and Do512 presented us with the Unofficial Rock ‘n’ Roll Showcase shining light on ten incredible bands. The crowds at this show were clearly invested in the music and the atmosphere was welcoming. They played the same songs at this show which included “Ralphie,” “When I Get Home,” “Special Moment,” “You Were Not There,” “Alabaster,” “Swamp Fruit” and a new song.
The new song gave us the sense of their record, When I Think Of You In A Castle, which was recently released on April 20. This will be the band’s first full-length record after two previous EP’s titled Post Animal Perform the Most Curious Water Activities and The Garden Series. Every project brings forth a new sound, spanning out all the different aspects this band can produce and deliver to their fans. Out of all the artists I saw at SXSW, Post Animal gave the most endearing performances and I am excited for their return to Austin.
Featured image by Aimee Huckeba.