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Monday, May 30, 2011

New Band To Burn One To-Animal Confession

The "New Band To Burn One To" today is Animal Confession.


Animal Confession is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Andrew Gharib.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Andrew started playing music at a young age. Growing up training as classical pianist, Andrew found his musical voice early. When the guitar came calling, it offered a whole new wave of possibilities to express himself. Vocal lessons were the final piece of the puzzle.

Rock was always a staple growing up.

Pearl Jam’s vs. was what opened me up to rock music. From there it was Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, then I gravitated to heavier bands like Nine Inch Nails and Tool.

Mainly writing hard rock music, Andrew experimented with lighter and more ambient sounds, coming up with a basic frame for Animal Confession’s sound dark, heavy, warm and ambient.  Also having an appreciation for bands like Pink Floyd, Animal Confession doesn’t hesitate to use dreamy soundscapes to create depth.

Animal Confession recently wrapped shooting of the upcoming music video for their first single A Thousand Lies in Toronto, with Canadian actress Veronika London. Andrew plays a rogue cowboy on a quest to destroy his enemies in a strange blend of traditional western and the supernatural,

They suited me up in a cowboy outfit, threw on a couple scars, and tossed me in front of the camera.

He didn’t have time to think before his first gig as an actor was finished. Oddly enough, his first dig at acting actually came before ever performing with Animal Confession.

Weird, isn’t it? It just kind of worked out that way.

Despite this minor detail, Andrew is hard at work writing Animal Confession’s debut album.

Animal Confession’s debut album will be released late 2011. Their first single A Thousand Lies is now streaming online and you can download 3 songs for free by submitting your name to Animal Confession’s email list on their homepage.

As I listened to the three songs the band currently has up on their Reverb Nation page, I couldn't help but notice the obvious influences ranging from A Perfect Circle to Deftones to Pink Floyd. The songs are dark, moody and passionate while seemlessly weaving heaviness with melody and are much better than anything currently playing on your local Alt Rock radio station.  While not typically a band that is normally featured on HP, there is enough guitar crunch, incredible vocals and psychedelia to warrant a listen.


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