Animals As Leaders' guitar duo, Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, has recently tackled a few interesting topics in the latest installment of the Rolling Stone's "Young Guns" series, one of them being the impact of grunge music.
The good-natured Reyes held back from bashing the genre, but couldn't avoid noting that during the grunge explosion, he hated everything about it.
"When Nirvana and Soundgarden came out, I was probably the only kid I knew that was bummed out," he said with a laugh. "That music killed guitar playing. I remember watching music videos with Rudolf Schenker from the Scorpions or Angus Young from AC/DC just going nuts, and thinking that was the coolest stuff in the world.
"But then Kurt Cobain came out, and all that stuff was over. The only bands that were still doing solos were Pantera and Dream Theater, so that's what I gravitated to," the guitar master added.
On the other hand, Abasi had no problem with the grunge movement, and even cites its representatives as early-day role models. "I was really into Nirvana when I first started playing," he said, "but I had an older brother who played drums, and he got really into those Modern Drummer instructional videos - and most of those drummers played in bands with really awesome guitar players, like John Petrucci of Dream Theater. And that's kind of how I started to change my playing style."
Discussing musical beyond the guitar-driven domain, Reyes shared an interesting notion that metal isn't the kind of music one would listen when going out. "We're fans of all sorts of music, particularly pop and dance music. When you're going out to the clubs, you don't really go out to listen to metal!" he said.
The band's latest studio effort, "The Joy of Motion" saw its release in March via Sumerian Records.