Boundary pushing instrumental trio, Animals As Leaders, have announced new dates in November 2023 for their previously postponed European Parrhesia headline tour, including 4 UK shows.
Catch the band at the following unmissable performances below.
UK & European Tour Dates 2023:
UK – Wed 1st Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
UK – Thu 2nd Nov – LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town
UK – Fri 3rd Nov – GLASGOW Garage
UK – Sat 4th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
France – Sun 5th Nov – PARIS Cabaret Sauvage
Switzerland – Tue 7th Nov – AARAU Kiff
Italy – Wed 8th Nov – MILAN Magazzini Generali
Germany – Fri 10th Nov – MUNICH Technikum
Germany – Sat 11th Nov – COLOGNE Kantine
Germany – Sun 12th Nov – HAMBURG Markthalle
Germany – Mon 13th Nov – BERLIN Hole 44
The Netherlands – Wed 15th Nov – ZOETERMEER Boerderij
The Netherlands – Thu 16th Nov- NIJMEGEN Doornroosje
All tickets from the original January 2023 dates remain valid for the rearranged shows and tickets are on sale now. Special guests will be confirmed at a later date. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.
Watch the stunning video for latest single “Red Miso” below.
It might sound strange to associate “storytelling” with instrumental music. But Animals As Leaders jettisoned the rules, limitations, and boundaries of conventional rock music from the start. Armed with palette-expanding eight-string guitars, rich synths, and pummeling percussive grooves, the trio is beloved by metalheads, aspiring virtuosos, jazz fanatics, and casual listeners alike. As Pitchfork observed, “Animals As Leaders have walked the tightrope between sheer technical virtuosity and actual emotional resonance”. Even without vocals, this is intimate, myth-making music.
Animals As Leaders began as a solo outlet for guitarist Tosin Abasi, whose creative partnership with classically trained guitarist Javier Reyes and Berklee-educated drummer Matt Garstka is built on a shared love of everything from fusion to technical death metal. Garstka graced the cover of Modern Drummer in 2015. In one of his many appearances on their cover, Guitar World named Tosin among the Guitarists of the Decade. Rolling Stone featured him as part of their “Young Guns” series. The Chicago Tribune declared him “the closest thing prog metal has to an Eddie Van Halen”.
Kerrang! included their album, “Weightless” among its Best Albums of 2011. “The Joy of Motion” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 24 in 2014, and “The Madness of Many” cracked the Top 20 in 2016. Now more than a decade into their career, a quick look at the bands they’ve toured with demonstrates the consistently diverse appeal of Animals As Leaders. It’s a list that includes Korn, Deftones, Thrice, Meshuggah, Underoath, TesseracT, and Circa Survive as well as major festivals with the likes of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, and Slipknot.
Animals As Leaders offer more than clinic-ready musicianship and proficiency. A focus on mood, texture, and emotive power elevates the material past any preconceived notions, resulting in a fascinatingly unique phenomenon, with an unlikely and profound appeal across multiple sub-genres and over 200 million career streams to date.