If you like music for clapping, foot-stamping, all-out dancing in a field at sunset, the band Animal Years might be your ticket. They’ve played across the U.S. and have been featured in Rolling Stone. At Shipyard 2019, they closed out Friday night of the festival in Cape Girardeau.
Formed in Brooklyn in 2013, Animal Years singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike McFadden writes the music and then meets with bassist Anthony Saladino and drummer Anthony Spinnato for arrangement and production.
“I'm usually not a very specific writer,” McFadden says. “I really like widely-appealing themes, ideas, feelings, things everyone can relate to. … It's all just wholesome stuff that I just kind of like to think about and write about and share with other people.”
For example, in “Home (I Was Born),” McFadden sings about having pride in where you come from. “Friends” is about getting together with old friends and remembering the good times growing up together. “Caroline” fondly remembers a girl the singer met in his past and hopes she might feel the same way as him.