Necessary Animals is a mixed-media project combining music, spoken word, movement and film with community arts. We are based in Hastings, England, but some of our musicians come from all over the world - Norway, America and Brazil. We've finised writing the music, and it has been mixed by Fritz Catlin (see pic below), who was a founder member of British post-punk art-rock band 23 Skidoo. You can hear the title track from our album here: https://soundcloud.com/necessaryanimals/necessary-animals
The music was written by musician, author and filmmaker Keith Rodway (formerly of The Good Missionaries, originally Mark Perry's post-punk art-rock band), with help from long-term musical partners Amanda Thompson (The Big Believe) and B.L.Underwood (Cuban Boys). The vocals were sung by Amanda with Norwegian actress and singer Ingvild Deila (Star Wars Rogue One, Avengers Age of Ultron, plus the award-winning Hippopotamus). The songs are a mix of classic rock, folk, and psychedelia with echoes of classical and electronica. It's eclectic!
For one track we worked with the wonderful Camo String Quartet, formerly students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. You can hear the results here: https://soundcloud.com/necessaryanimals/8-piano-thing/s-s6x9u
All the songs were mixed using analogue technology. This gives it the warmth associated with vinyl. The drums are played by British post-punk/ improv drummer Simon Charterton (The Higsons, New Jazz Experience). The album also includes a special appearance by British guitar maestro Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3, Junk Delux).
The result of all this will be a vinyl LP, a CD with extra stracks, and artworks by contributors both from our hometown of Hastings, plus visual artists from Brazil and America. All editions of the LP and CD will come housed in artwork by Hastings artist Peter Quinnell.
The music will be turned into the score for a community arts project combining improvisation, movement and spoken word. Our aim is to provide a space for marginalised communities in Hastings to tell their stories, share their memories and celebrate their lives. Keith has had many year's experience of doing this as creative director of Trash Cannes Festival. You san see some of the groups at work on a spoken-word project in 2016 here: https://youtu.be/VtvwGUsmN9Q