Puddle Splasher Joins Animal Style Records

a0325586827_10Puddle Splasher Joins Animal Style Records / Song Premiere on Substream / New Digital EP Available For Pre-Order

• Missed Connection EP out 11/6/15 Animal Style Records
• Artwork + Tracklisting released
• RIYL: Title Fight, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dinosaur Jr.

Animal Style Records is excited to announce the addition of NJ’s Puddle Splasher to their roster. The label will release a new digital EP from the band in November. Entitled Missed Connection, the EP is available for Pre-Order now.

You can stream the first single from Missed Connection right now. “Forget My Name” is streaming exclusively on Substream.

Missed Connection follows up their debut EP, Poor Planning, out last year on Black Numbers. It originally premiered on Brooklyn Vegan.

There’s something to be said about bands that, after a release or two, have finally found their sound. But then there are bands like New Jersey’s Puddle Splasher that never needed to find it; instead, they fine-tune their sound, focus or stretch it, and ultimately master it. On Missed Connection, their second EP (and first with Animal Style Records), singer and guitarist Andy Altadonna croons with the confidence and swooning charisma of frontmen in bands as big as Radiohead or Coldplay. His voice leans into smooth, clean guitars on the opener “Rotting Heart,” a song pinstriped by strokes of acoustic guitar and stippled by Aaron Skutnik’s bass line. But on “Behind the Wheel,” guitar seems to sashay, its tone dusty during the verses; his voice stooped beneath these chords until it lunges out into the first chorus.

Photo Credit: Ryan Jay

Photo Credit: Ryan Jay

Never does it—or any of Missed Connection—become conventional or expected, nor do any of the songs lose their catchiness. In fact, the catchiest, peppiest song on the record, “Forget My Name,” also has some of its most acidic lyrics. Here, the guitars cut across Dante Fotino’s drumbeat as it bounces with frantic energy—like a puppy that snaps at hands in his excitement—all while Altadonna sings, “But there’s twenty-five names that I don’t care to know / It pains me inside out / Have they all forget my name?” It’s contradictions like these that make Puddle Splasher’s second offering so fascinating, but they are the byproduct of a band that truly understands its identity. Instead of becoming complacent and comfortable, though Missed Connection reveals Puddle Splasher as a better version of itself—and, ironically enough, a band that has discovered much about themselves in the process.

Missed Connection – Track Listing
1. Rotting Heart
2. Forget My Name
3. Gentle Rain
4. Behind The Wheel

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