When it comes to creating, Los Angeles’ Outside Animals see no need for a surplus of sounds. This is evident on the band’s newest EP, a self-titled effort that’s available as of today, June 10. Inspired by rock role models like Jimmy Eat World and The Vines, Outside Animals is uncomplicated and better for it. There are no fancy fringes, bells or whistles, so to speak—just honest, guitar-driven garage rock music done well.
When asked to discuss the impetus behind this new release, vocalist/guitarist Colin Orthmann offered:
“These songs are the product of me re-learning why I became an artist. After going through some rough patches with music and losing some band members, I wasn’t enjoying making music anymore, but after some time away and a chance encounter with Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), I was inspired. I wanted to make something that I could listen to alongside old Weezer or Strokes records. I wrote the songs about really personal and emotional moments in my life and channeled the meaning from my favorite songs. The songs that have gotten me through some of the hardest moments in my life are the same ones whose influence I poured into the recordings on this EP.”
Outside Animals’ new, self-titled EP can be purchased through Bandcamp and listened to in full below.