Single Review: Spirit Animal – Regular World

By on Monday, 9th November 2015 at 12:00 pm

Words by Rebecca Clayton

You’d be forgiven for not hearing about Spirit Animal before now. Formed back in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York, Spirit Animal have remained pretty low-key, touring exclusively in America. Having previously toured alongside Royal Blood, the band has played a few dates in their own country this autumn, with a date coming up at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on the 20th of November. Their latest EP ‘World War IV’ dropped last Friday on Wind-Up Records, and ‘Regular World’ is one of the singles to have been released from it prior to the EP.

Spirit Animal’s first EP ‘This Is A Test’ was released back in 2012 to positive reviews. This new EP, if ‘Regular World’ is anything to go by, is set to be just as psychedelic as its predecessor. Spirit Animal have a reputation for being a spectacle of a band to see live, and when hearing the catchy rhythms and the belter of a chorus, it’s easy to see why.

‘Regular World’ is an explosive track. This is a song that boasts an eclectic range of influences, from rock to pop, hip-hop to funk, all of which echo throughout. You can’t help but picture Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea bopping along on bass. There is something edgy and party-ready about ‘Regular World’. The point is, it’s frenetic, but it works.

Okay, there’s a lot going on, from the thudding bass, to the appealing metronome-like guitar hook. Yet the song has serious appeal, partly a result of the staccato like nature of the verses before breaking into the anthemic chorus.

Existing Spirit Animal fans will definitely love this latest track and it’ll be sure to bring in a few new listeners to their fan base.


Spirit Animal’s new EP ‘World War IV’ is available now from Wind-Up Records, as is the single ‘Regular World’. Read Mary’s review of their support slot with Royal Blood last summer in Washington here.

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