Animal Tropical/John Hancock In-Store Tuesday + FREE EP!

It’s the first week of January and we’re already right on track with some great in-store events coming up!

This Tuesday, come to Sweat for live performances by ANIMAL TROPICAL + JOHN HANCOCK of ANR!

Animal Tropical are formerly the Down Home Southernaires and formerly Pygmy before that.  These sharply dressed and talented gentlemen’s most recent EP “Doom Years” is a store favorite and in our opinion one of the best releases this year, local or otherwise.  Read more below…  We’ve got the disc at Sweat for a fiver, but the band were generous enough to offer it for FREE through the Sweat site this week!  Click the link to download the excellent 6-track EP in high quality MP3s:

Download: Animal Tropical “Doom Years” EP

John Hancock is the voice, the guitar, sometimes the drums and the songwriting core of ANR.  His ever-expending solo material runs the gamut from experimental world pop beats to fuzzy American punk rock to soulful Prince-worthy ballads.  We don’t know precisely what he’ll play Tuesday, but we know it’ll be good.

No cover, starts at 8.30pm at Sweat – see you there!


If you haven’t heard them yet, Animal Tropical’s bio sums up their distinctive style pretty darn well:

“Their lyrical and musical density recalls Steely Dan; their classical precision and punk attack pure Elvis Costello and the Attractions; their feverish soulfulness pinched from The Band, Motown, and gospel old-timey and new timey; their freakiness from Tropicalia; their wistful, big smile pop worthy of ABBA.”

We premiered AT’s “Waterbed City” video right here on the Sweat site last month, check it out if you missed it.  More videos to come, and here’s the cover art for the EP, enjoy!