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In ‘Motion’: Animals as Leaders releases its first album in three years and stops at the Sunshine

Progressive instrumental metal band Animals as Leaders is touring in support of its album “The Joy of Motion.”

Progressive instrumental metal band Animals as Leaders is touring in support of its album “The Joy of Motion.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Javier Reyes works best on his own.

“It’s always better for a song to take shape in my head,” he says during a recent interview from New Orleans. “It’s a process that is working out really well for us.”

Reyes is a member of the progressive instrumental metal band Animals as Leaders. The band was started in 2007 by Tosin Abasi and also features Matt Garstka.

It released its latest album, “The Joy of Motion,” earlier this year to very good reviews.

“It’s all been very wonderful to see,” Reyes says. “The tour has been amazing so far and the album has only been out for a couple months.”

He says making the album took about a year, and the three members worked on material by themselves before bringing it to the band.

“We’ll bring anything from skeleton of songs to complete songs in,” he says. “Then we all put our touches on them. It’s a very streamlined process. Plus, there are only three of us in the band, so less people to get the OK from.”

“The Joy of Motion” marks the band’s first album in three years. Its 2011 album, “Weightless,” helped put the band on the radar in the music industry.

Yet, when it came to recording the new album, Reyes says the band tried something new in the studio.

“We used a recording producer for the first time,” he says. “This helped us get another opinion on how the songs sounded. It really helped us learn to tighten the songs a lot more.”

The band is on its second headlining tour of the year. Reyes says it will continue to tour this year and travel internationally to support the record.

“The band has come a long way in such a short time,” he says. “We’ve grown with each album and this one shows where we are now as a band.”

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