Social Animals

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Social Animals are an American Alternative music band from Duluth, MN. Band members include lyricist and lead vocalist Dedric Clark (vocals, rhythm guitar), Tony Petersen (lead guitar), Boyd Smith (drums), and Roger Whittet (bass). The band formed in 2012 in Cloquet, MN. According to an article on Hard 8 Working Group's website, "Clark first crossed paths with Petersen thanks to the barely-existent local music scene. 'There were basically two or three people who played music in the whole city, and Tony was one of them. And he happened to be really good,' Clark says. The two next brought Smith into the fold and then found Whittet in a moment of strange serendipity. 'Roger worked at a liquor store, and I went in really hungover one morning, and he was just sitting there playing bass,' Clark recalls. 'I asked if he wanted to join my band, and he said yes and played a show with us that night, and then just never quit'".

In 2014, they relocated to Portland, OR to pursue their music career full-time. Over the course of 2014-2015, the band toured extensively across the western United States on self booked tours. In 2015, the band was signed to Hard 8 Working Group Management (Billie Eilish, Hobo Johnson) by owner Rich Egan (Vagrant Records). In late 2016 and early 2017, they began recording their debut album with notable engineer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies) in a combination of studios, including Modest Mouse's Ice Cream Party Studios, where they were aided by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick), and Chris Carrabba's Deep Deep South. The band is currently based between Minneapolis, MN and Nashville, TN.

In late 2019, the band signed with Rise Records in anticipation for their debut LP. They released their debut track Bad Things and followed shortly with Best Years over the course of the next few months, accompanied by videos directed by Gus Black.

Social Animals are an American Alternative music band from Duluth, MN. Band members include lyricist and lead vocalist Dedric Clark (vocals, rhythm guitar), Tony Petersen (lead guitar), Boyd Smith (drums), and Roger Whittet (bass). The band formed in 2012 in Cloquet, MN. According to an article on Hard 8 Working Group's website, "Clark first crossed paths with Petersen thanks to the barely-existent local music scene. 'There were basically two or three people who played music in the whole city, and Tony was one of them. And he happened to be really good,' Clark says. The two next brought Smith into the fold and then found Whittet in a moment of strange serendipity. 'Roger worked at a liquor store, and I went in really hungover one morning, and he was just sitting there playing bass,' Clark recalls. 'I asked if he wanted to join my band, and he said yes and played a show with us that night, and then just never quit'".

In 2014, they relocated to Portland, OR to pursue their music career full-time. Over the course of 2014-2015, the band toured extensively across the western United States on self booked tours. In 2015, the band was signed to Hard 8 Working Group Management (Billie Eilish, Hobo Johnson) by owner Rich Egan (Vagrant Records). In late 2016 and early 2017, they began recording their debut album with notable engineer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies) in a combination of studios, including Modest Mouse's Ice Cream Party Studios, where they were aided by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick), and Chris Carrabba's Deep Deep South. The band is currently based between Minneapolis, MN and Nashville, TN.

In late 2019, the band signed with Rise Records in anticipation for their debut LP. They released their debut track Bad Things and followed shortly with Best Years over the course of the next few months, accompanied by videos directed by Gus Black.

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