WHAT'S AN ANIMAL SOUL?
Animal Souls is an indie music collective based in Abbotsford, BC. The group is headed by bassist/producer Michael Fisher and features some of the best players in the Fraser Valley. Originally from Burlington, Ontario Michael has called British Columbia home since 1983 and over the years he has played in many cover & original bands, managed and promoted artists and provided live sound services at local clubs and festivals.
When the Covid pandemic hit and Michael was 'retired' from a 27 year career at Live Nation, he called on some of his musical mates to help him record a 10-track album 'Wisdom of Crowds' which was released in August 2021. The album was a mix of old songs re-imagined from a late 80's stash of 4-track demos along with some newly written songs..
Animal Souls have since released the single 'Lessons of Love' (January 2022) and 'Soul Dance Redux' (May 2022). Next up is 'Travelin' Bug' a fun, cheeky, ska-like number on July 1 and then later in the summer a collaboration with Annika Catharina called 'Midnight Sky'.
Michael also plays bass in the alternative rock band 3rd Deck, also based in Abbotsford, having just released their debut self-titled 5-song EP.
Life is good!
The Players on Wisdom of Crowds...
Chris Murray Driver (drums, percussion), Corey 'McFly' McPherson (drums), Cuyler Biller (electric guitar), Dan Cripps (drums), Gary Baker (vocals), Hayley Chase (vocals), Jackie Lee (vocals),
James Kelly (electric guitar), Jerry Brown (vocals), Michael Fisher (bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys, vocals), Oke Chornick (drums, vocals), Pete Cordalis (keys), Preston Sawyer (electric guitar, classical guitar, guitar synth, mandolin, vocals), Rick Speke (vocals), Scott Boyes (vocals), Scott Campbell (electric guitar), Scott Hagon (drums), Sharon Lemond (vocals), Tim Ellephones (djembe),
Vikki Evans (vocals)
Thank you to all my musical mates who brought these songs to life and very special thanks to Scott & Mary Anne Boyes who made it all possible and for their tireless support of music and the arts in the Fraser Valley!
Dedicated to my wife Eileen and our children (the kids),
Bronwen and Riley.
Wisdom of Crowds was something I had to get out of my system. I feel so lucky that I was able to make the record with my friends and I feel like in the process I helped bring us together during very trying times and inspired us all to keep doing what we love doing, making music.
Animal Souls are back in the studio working on a brand new track 'Midnight Sky' (featuring Annika Catharina) which hopefully will be ready for release in the summer of 2022. In the meantime, Animal Souls will be releasing a couple of remixes from Wisdom of Crowds; 'Soul Dance Redux' (May 6, 2022) and 'Travelin' Bug' (July 1, 2022).