About the Band

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Urban Barnyard only sings songs about animals in the city. Considering this restriction, their oeuvre betrays a remarkable breadth! Their sound ranges from the anthemic to the sentimental, and their source material from the drunken anecdote to the New York Post. Watch in wonder as they trade instruments on virtually every song, regardless of which instruments they actually know how to play.

Phoebe Kreutz, Dibson Hoffweiler, Daoud Tyler-Ameen, and Casey Holford have surprised everyone by becoming New York Anti-Folk's tightest indie-rock supergroup ensemble since... okay, so NYAF has never boasted any particularly tight indie-rock bands. But between scene-alumns The Moldy Peaches and Regina Spektor, Urban Barnyard's shockingly fascinating songs about the metropolitan crises of the modern non-human animal stand out as epic accomplishments of sensitivity and weirdo-ism.

The band's new album, Scream Like Human Beings!, produced by bassist Holford, contains sparkly reimaginings of several old favorites such as "Surfin' Sewer Rat" and "Macaque Attack," while also delving into new territory with the rockist bombast of "Cock Fight" and the delicate harmonies of "Hot Dog."

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"Various antifolk scenesters singing twee junkyard pop songs about animals living in New York City (like that tiger they found in that guy's apartment in Harlem). It's almost unbearably adorable-- almost. Maybe the zoo could hire them to play ..."

-Village Voice

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