[News] Animals As Leaders finish tracking new album and drop off tour with Dance Gavin Dance

Animals As Leaders mastermind Tosin Abasi has finished tracking guitars for the band’s next album, which will be their first since “The Madness of Many,” released in 2016. Abasi and his old pal and collaborator, Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, were working on new Animals As Leaders music together as of September 2020. Mansoor also contributed to AAL’s self-titled 2009 debut and “The Joy of Motion” (2014). Read the original Instagram post from Tosin Abasi official profile below:

Animals As Leaders have dropped off their upcoming tour with Dance Gavin Dance.

While the natural assumption at this juncture in time would be that safety concerns over Covid-19 were a factor (or, worse, an infection within the band), Animals As Leaders made no mention of the virus in their statement announcing the cancelation, citing only “unforeseen circumstances.”

The tour was initially slated to begin in March 2020 with Veil of Maya, Issues and Royal Coda also involved, but has since been rescheduled a number of times with different configurations of bands. Polyphia will now replace Animals As Leaders.

The band posted on social media: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be withdrawing ourselves from the Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner Tour. Apologies to any fans who were planning on seeing us on the tour, but we’ll be returning to all these cities on a scheduled headline tour with new music for next year.

Animals As Leaders recently completed recording their next album, which will be their first since “The Madness of Many,” released in 2016, and was produced at least in part by Periphery’s Misha Mansoor. Expect a release some time in 2022.

Dates for the Dance Gavin Dance tour, which now includes Polyphia, Veil Of Maya, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear, are as follows:

09/07 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
09/08 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
09/11 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
09/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
09/15 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
09/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fillmore Minneapolis
09/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Ballroom
09/19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
09/22 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
09/23 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
09/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
09/25 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
09/27 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
09/29 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
09/30 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/03 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/05 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
10/06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
10/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
10/13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center
10/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
10/19 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

Purchase Tickets through the band’s official website: https://www.animalsasleaders.org/tours

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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