News•August 27, 2020 12:26 PM ET•5,124 views
Animals As Leaders prepare new LP, re-sign with Sumerian
Animals As Leaders have signed a new deal with current label home, Sumerian Records. The band is currently in the studio working on new material for their fifth studio album, their first release under the new deal. Sumerian founder and CEO Ash Avildsen comments: "I have known Tosin [Abasi] and Javier longer than anyone else in the music business. We came up together as kids in DC figuring it out with the most DIY, take no prisoners approach we could. They have both played big parts in my life and career. I can honestly say my path could have ended up very differently had I not become so close with them when we were rookies. I am honored to continue our relationship on an artist/label level and couldn't be more proud to have Animals As Leaders on the Sumerian roster. They are one of the most influential groups of our generation in this world of music. As for Matt G, he is a true G. As for his alter ego Dirty D, I am not at liberty to comment." Band founder Tosin Abasi says, "I've seen the birth and ascension of Sumerian Records to one of the most important labels in modern metal and beyond. Animals as Leaders is stoked to be continuing our journey with them." Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes adds: "We are happy to announce that Animals As Leaders has re-signed to Sumerian Records. We have known the folks at Sumerian for years on both a personal and professional level and it honestly feels great to continue our journey together. Sumerian has been an integral part in the growth of Animals As Leaders, even before we ever signed to Sumerian. We look forward to working together with Sumerian for the next few years to continue growing our brands and legacies." In related news, Animals As Leaders have also revealed that Tosin Abasi is featured through the upcoming movie Bill & Ted Face The Music as the official "air shredder," providing all the guitar licks played during the iconic air guitar moments shared frequently between the two protagonists (the role previously handled by guitar legend Steve Vai). Abasi says, "I'm thrilled to be part of the Bill & Ted Universe. Most excellent!"
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