KAWALA begin the new year by unveiling latest single ‘Animals’


Fast-rising North London band KAWALA are kicking off 2020 with the release of their evocative new single ‘Animals’, from their self-titled EP.

The track was premiered last night on BBC Radio 1 as Jack Saunders’ Midnight Drop.

The song is a distillation of the band’s distinctive sound. Chiming guitar melodies accompany a propulsive bassline and a sparse yet driving beat, all overlaid with Jim and Dan’s captivating vocal harmonies, telling a tale of a toxic relationship from the perspective of reassuring a female friend they do not need that abusive person in their life.

Listen to ‘Animals’ by KAWALA on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.

On the new track, KAWALA said, “We wrote ‘Animals’ as a simple reference to the empowerment of escaping a toxic relationship

“We tried to balance floaty harmony-based verses that represent the feeling of naive comfort in a negative situation, with more punchy choruses that create more of a sense of breaking free on your own.”

Formed in North London by then teenagers Jim Higson and Daniel McCarthy, the band drawing inspiration from the likes of John Martyn Bombay Bicycle Club, The Staves, Bon Iver and Half Moon Run.

The pair started writing songs together and quickly developed a close musical partnership. As the songs developed, they eventually put together a full band with friends Dan Lee on electric guitar, Reeve Coulson on bass and Ben Batten on drums.

As well as new music to come in spring the band will be hitting the road again in 2020.
They’ll be playing their biggest headline tour to date during April and May, taking them to the Czech Republic, Austria, The Netherlands as well as a full string of UK dates, ending at
Camden’s legendary Electric Ballroom in London.

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