*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Independent Music Promotion*
19 March 2021
Orlando-based Rock/Alternative band Blueanimal have released their 3rd full-length album ‘Figment That Was Me,’ their darkest, most inspired work based on real world experience with mental health.
Lead vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Luke Elms explains:
Our new project ‘Figment That Was Me’ is a departure from our previous albums’ sound to a more grunge-inspired sound. I wrote this album as a concept album telling the story of a person descending into and rising out of a battle with depression and the consequences it has on his relationships, self-image and all facets of his life. Our world is in the midst of a pandemic of Covid-19. But, an epidemic that was present before Covid, and will unfortunately still be raging after, is the epidemic of mental health issues and the struggles of public perception, awareness and stigma that comes along with it. My hope is this album can help take people on a journey through this character’s struggle that will allow those that have fortunately not experienced mental health issues to gain a better understanding and those that are currently struggling to not feel so alone.
Artist Name: Blueanimal
Release Title: The Figment That Was Me
Luke Elms (Lead/Background Vocals, Songwriter, Rhythm Guitar, Producer), Matt Lube (Bass Guitar)
Ry Kovacevich (Cowrote ‘This Side of Me,’ Lead Guitar. No longer with band, but is lead guitarist on the record)
Luis Rexach (Current lead guitarist. Background vocalist on ‘Only A Man’)
Aaron Gandia (Drummer, Head Engineer, Producer)
Producer Name(s): Aaron Gandia, Luke Elms, Blueanimal
Similar/RIYL: Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana
Genre(s): Rock, Grunge Rock, Alternative
1. On My Mind
2. Only A Man
3. Anyone But Me
4. This Side of Me
5. Rock Bottom
6. What Does It All Mean
7. Because of You
9. Better Than This – Acoustic Live
YouTube Channel: Blueanimal Band
Blueanimal is a rock band out of Orlando, Fl. Blueanimal started as a side project for Luke and Matt with Luke playing electric guitar and singing while Matt played the bass in their “electric duo.” Eventually, the side project grew into their main project and they started writing debut album “Hippies & Beauty Queens,” which released in 2015. The release was received well with “Free” and “Dark Places” receiving strong reception.
After the release, the duo moved to fill out the band for live performances in the southeast. They found willing participants in two of the engineers that worked on the first album. Ry joined on lead guitar and Aaron joined on the drums. The four members soon set out on the ambitious project of working on two records simultaneously with the first release of the project “Hollow Heart” debuted in 2018. Hollow Heart revived a 90s rock feel with an eclectic Blueanimal tone with the track “Follow The Hard” being well-received by bloggers and playlists.
The second half of the project was a much darker, heavier concept album written by Luke about a character’s struggles with depression and the topics surrounding that struggle. During the project, Ry parted ways with the band and the lead guitarist role has been filled by Luis, who joined with a wealth of experience from his major label days of the 2000s as frontman of the band Some Other Life. The band members currently reside with their families in Central Florida and perform locally.