Family Animals – I Must Have Missed It

Family Animals - I Must Have Missed It

Scranton, Pennsylvania prog rock band Family Anmals have travelled a long way since the band’s debut release back in 2010. Last year, the band put out their second album called “I Must Have Missed It.” It is intelligent prog with an itching sense of melody.

The sound of “I Must Have Missed It” (let’s call it IMHMI from now on) is unique and draws inspiration and influences from various sources such Rush, early Pink Floyd and Genesis, with a scent of The Beatles.

After the short opening in the way of “Centipede, ” the album continues with“High” which skips along wonderfully, channeling the band’s love for the mentioned bands. “Color Me Faceless” is underlined by a psychedelic rock melody accompanied by ambient meanderings, all moving at a decidedly leisurely pace together with vocals.

This pace is expressive of the album’s relaxed atmosphere, with the mood veering toward melancholy at times. This oddly relaxing yet melancholic aura permeates “The Real McCoy,” with its subtle hints of grunge. “Helicopter” starts off in a brooding, dark and distorted manner, gently transforming into a sea of tranquillity and calmness later on.

Despite its inherently changeable and proggy nature, the songs on IMHMI are wrapped up between two and seven minutes.

On IMHMI, Family Animals draw from a myriad of influences from across the musical spectrum and manage to make accessible yet intricate progressive rock. Although accessible it may be, it’s not the kind of music you can just pick up and drop off at a moment’s notice. To appreciate it you have to be in the right frame of mind, to just sit back and soak it all in.


1. Centipede 00:51
2. High 04:21
3. Sobby Bobby Blues 04:51
4. Glass Eye 00:51
5. Color Me Faceless 03:17
6. The Real McCoy 05:44
7. A World Within A World 03:03
8. Helicopter 05:00
9. A Place In The Sun 05:13


* Jesse Viola – guitar, vocals
* Anthony Viola – drums, vocals
* Frank DeSando – bass, vocals


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