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Animals As Leaders Re-Sign With Sumerian Records, Tosin Abasi Played Bill & Ted’s ‘Air Guitar’ Riffs In ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’


Animals As Leaders have extended their stay with Sumerian Records, having announced that they have signed a new label deal with the band. The group have been in the studio lately working on their fifth full-length album with release details still pending. Speaking on the matter, guitarist Javier Reyes commented:

“We are happy to announce that Animals As Leaders has re-signed to Sumerian Records. We have known the folks at Sumerian for years on both a personal and professional level and it honestly feels great to continue our journey together. Sumerian has been an integral part in the growth of Animals As Leaders, even before we ever signed to Sumerian. We look forward to working together with Sumerian for the next few years to continue growing our brands and legacies.”

Tosin Abasi added:

“I’ve seen the birth and ascension of Sumerian Records to one of the most important labels in modern metal and beyond. Animals as Leaders is stoked to be continuing our journey with them.”

Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen added:

“I have known Tosin and Javier longer than anyone else in the music business. We came up together as kids in DC figuring it out with the most DIY, take no prisoners approach we could. They have both played big parts in my life and career. I can honestly say my path could have ended up very differently had I not become so close with them when we were rookies.

I am honored to continue our relationship on an artist/label level and couldn’t be more proud to have Animals As Leaders on the Sumerian roster. They are one of the most influential groups of our generation in this world of music. As for Matt G, he is a true G. As for his alter ego Dirty D, I am not at liberty to comment.”

Animals As Leaders will appear on the soundtrack to the impending new film ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music‘, which, is due out tomorrow, August 28th, alongside the film itself. Abasi also handles the actual guitar licks heard during on-screen ‘air guitar ‘moments from the main cast in the film. Jonathan Leahy, music supervisor for ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music‘, commented:

“Getting the right guitarist to handle Bill & Ted’s air shredding was one of my top priorities from the very beginning. The director asked me ‘what does shredding sound like in 2020?’ and my answer was ‘it sounds like Tosin Abasi.’ Tosin’s virtuosity is mind-blowing and he leads the vanguard of modern players who push the limits of what’s capable on electric guitar.

Everything about his approach, from the compositions to the techniques to the physical instrument itself, seems like it arrived via time machine from the future.”

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