Animal Life is the first full-length album by Minneapolis duo OAKS. Layering loud, noisy fuzzed out guitar and bass along with hard hitting, dance-y drum machine beats, the long time couple tell a dark story, mysterious in its details but raging in its imagery and raw themes of the natural world, loss, dreams, love and sex. Animal Life often comes out of the darkness and sits in bright spots to revel in the complexities of the meanings in life and the search for peace.
Erica Krumm (guitar and vocals) and Jim Kolles (bass and vocals), are no strangers to the dark realms of music. The two of them have a combined 20 years of playing in loud punk and metal bands like Children of Euler, Ass and Sharp Teeth. Jim also continues to run his own DIY record label, Ass records. This record follows their 2013 EP, Field Beat, into a deeper, and wilder trek.
released August 28, 2015
Recorded by Trent Urness at Blank Wall Recordings Studio in Minneapolis January 2015.
Mixed by Neil Weir at Old Blackberry Way.
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering.
Photograph inside album was taken by Ellen Skoro
Screen printed LP covers by Joe Boyd-Brent.
Artwork by Minneapolis based Kate Iverson.