Mike McFadden: Vocals, Guitar
Anthony Saladino: Bass
Anthony Spinnato: Drums
“We borrowed the name from a Josh Ritter album,” Animal Years singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike McFadden says of his band’s moniker. “Originally, we just liked the way the phrase sounded. But the more we thought about it, the more it meant to us, and we started saying things like ‘Live your life in animal years.’ If you knew that you’d only be around for a few years, you’d do things differently. That’s how we try to operate as a band; we try to go for it every day, like we’re gonna die tomorrow.”
That level of urgency resonates throughout Far From Home, Animal Years’ first eOne release. The five-song EP — produced by Ryan Hadlock, renowned for his work with the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile and Vance Joy — offers a consistently compelling distillation of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore trio’s irresistibly anthemic, unfailingly uplifting songcraft, which ranges from the fist-pumping infectiousness of “Caroline” to the introspective warmth of “Friends” to the bittersweet buoyancy of “Home (I Was Born).” McFadden’s catchy, emotionally direct songwriting is matched by the band’s exuberant performances, which combine McFadden’s openhearted vocals and surging acoustic guitars with the punchy rhythmic kick of bassist Anthony Saladino and drummer Anthony Spinnato.
Betsy Ade is a singer/songwriter from Kenosha, WI and one of the Top 24 on Season 16 of The Voice. She is the lead singer for the cello-infused rock band the Well-Known Strangers. Fronting Well-Known Strangers, Ade’s rich lyrical gifts are essential and her vocal delivery is simply unmatched in contemporary pop/rock music. A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Ade is passionate about cancer research, after losing her mother to Hodgkin’s disease when she was just 9 years old.