Offering an ambitious mix of hard, prog, and psychedelic rock spiked with hooks, fills, and riffs, Post Animal are an indie rock group from Chicago, Illinois.
Formed in 2014 by childhood friends Dalton Allison (bass) and Matt Williams (guitar), the band expanded to include guitarists Jake Hirshland and Joe Keery for its debut EP, Post Animal Perform the Most Curious Water Activities, released in 2015. Adding drummer Wesley Toledo to the official lineup, Post Animal began packing basement shows and small clubs in Chicago. They issued a series of three two-track singles in the first half of 2016 and collected them on the Garden Series EP that July. Around that time, Keery began appearing as Steve Harrington on the Netflix series Stranger Things, and the band added Javi Reyes as its fourth guitarist. The sextet soon headed to a lake house in Watervliet, Michigan to record its full-length debut. Allison spent the next several months working on mixing the album, and in May 2017 Post Animal released "Special Moment," their first single as a six-piece. The group also embarked on its first tours, including opening shows for hometown headliners Twin Peaks. Late in 2017, Post Animal signed with Polyvinyl Records, which released the self-produced When I Think of You in a Castle in April 2018. By that time, Keery's acting career had taken off with multiple seasons on the hit show, and he no longer toured with the band. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi