Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal returns to Tampa bigger than ever

It plays Crowbar in Ybor City on December 8.

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In August 2017, Ybor-based podcast Cigar City Radio invited CL to sit and chat with Chicago’s Post Animal about myriad topics, including the best Windy City eats and unsung Tampa legend Pete Toledo. What we didn’t talk about was the band’s impending signing to revered Chicago label Polyvinyl Records (these kids, they’re good with secrets these days).

It’s been a whirlwind year for the neo-psych-rock sextet, and on Saturday the boys — bassist Dalton Allison, drummer Wesley Toledo and four guitarists: Matt Williams, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes and Joe Keery — slide back into the historic district for a set in support of Post Animal’s self-produced debut LP, When I Think Of You In A Castle, where the group revives ghosts from the ‘60s and ‘70s in creating one of this year’s most endearing, and hard-rocking, records. Toledo (a family member who bailed Post Animal out when its van broke down on the way to Tampa last year) might be at the show, but don’t expect to see Keery since he’s probably busy with TV anyway (the actor joined the cast of Stranger Things after Post Animal was formed).

Illiterate Light — a Virginia-based guitar-and-drum duo made up of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran — opens the show in support of its debut EP, Sweet Beast, which is due next month. This is also the first chance for non-DIY-scene-watchers to experience Tampa’s very own Charles Irwin, which could be next year’s best local band.

Post Animal w/Illiterate Light/Charles Irwin. Sat. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. $12-$15. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. aestheticized.com.

See even more of the Bay area concert calendar by visiting cltampa.com/musicweek every Thursday morning. Follow us on Twitter (@cl_music) and subscribe to the newsletter, too.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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