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Half the Animal

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Chase Johnson and Nick Gross met in the third grade. Growing together from such a young age they developed the kind of friendship that turns into brotherhood.
They bonded over their love of music, in particular the give-no-f’s ethos of their native Southern Californian punk scene. Drawn to the spotlight from an early age, Chase fell easily into the role of frontman (didn’t hurt that he could actually sing). Nick loved to beat the crap out of things, and discovered he could do that with a modicum of coordination--hence he became the drummer. Their high school band was scooped up by a major and somehow ended up on a hit reality MTV show (with Chase unwittingly emerging as a focal point).

Last year Nick and Chase reconnected, and decided to take all they’d learned and do right by music--their true love. Savvier about the business, and elevated in their taste level (they’re no longer playing skate punk), they started Half The Animal. In 2018 HTA has toured with Atlas Genius, Flor, Magic Giant, Smallpools and most recently with lovelytheband. They’ve already been in with monster producers such as JKash and Ammo, and more recently have been working on a collection of songs with Captain Cuts and Sam Martin.

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