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The Social Animals bring Minnesota Twins pride to the Bartlett

The Social Animals are bringing a collection of tour-exclusive merch to its Bartlett show on Saturday. (The Social Animals Facebook)
The Social Animals are bringing a collection of tour-exclusive merch to its Bartlett show on Saturday. (The Social Animals Facebook)

In April, the day after the band performed in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Minnesota-born rock quartet the Social Animals posted a photo on Facebook of the band’s van on the side of a snowy road, with the gear trailer turned on its side.

No one was hurt and the gear was, surprisingly, not damaged, but the band is likely enjoying its current North American tour even more knowing chances of encountering snow will be very slim.

To celebrate this tour, which brings the band – singer/guitarist Dedric Clark, guitarist/singer Tony Petersen, drummer Boyd Smith and bassist/vocalist Roger Whittet – to the Bartlett on Saturday, the Social Animals has released tour-exclusive merchandise.

There’s a “World Series” shirt, inspired by the shirt from the 1991 World Series, which the band’s beloved Minnesota Twins won, and, in keeping with the Minnesota Twins theme, a Social Animals “Homer Hanky.”

Perhaps even more exciting though are the new versions of the band’s debut EP “Formative Years.”

The “Whiteout” version features the EP on cream vinyl, and the “Blackout” version is on CD and features a previously unreleased demo of “Arguably Useless Rhymes,” which was recorded at Modest Mouse’s Ice Cream Party Studio.


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