Animal Nation playing at Creston’s Snoring Sasquatch

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Animal Nation plays at the Snoring Sasquatch on May 31.

Whistler-based Animal Nation will take to the stage at the Snoring Sasquatch tonight.

Animal Nation formed in 2004 after a heated argument between the two not-then members over the quality of another band’s performance.

“The members of Animal Nation are hesitant to call their music ‘hip-hop’ because a lot of hip-hop sucks,” said the band’s press information. “The members of Animal Nation think this is unfortunate because they really, really love good hip-hop, but know that the general population thinks that hip-hop sucks as well.

“Animal Nation is the greatest band you will ever hear. After listening to Animal Nation it will henceforth be impossible to appreciate any other sort of music that is not Animal Nation.”

The band’s style is laid-back, West Coast indie hip-hop and members find that it places well with fans of hip-hop, indie rock, folk or even punk.

“Basically, we’re a really, really interactive, fun-for-all-genre-lovers group that will absolutely have the crowd smiling and having a great time,” said band member Garnet Clare. “We’re also doing things with our live show that hip-hop has never seen before.”

The band found Canada-wide exposure by both being cast in supporting roles in MTV’s Peak Season, as well as licensing several of its songs to the show. The show later went on to be picked up by VH1 in the U.S. as well as airing on MTV networks in 145 countries worldwide, and is being re-aired right now across Canada and the States.

Animal Nation has opened for the likes of Classified, Jully Black, Zion I, Hilltop Hoods, Sweatshop Union, Blackalicious and Buck 65, and has performed at several major festivals, including the 2010 Winter Olympics (official village main stage), Telus, Crankworx, Pemberton Music Festival, Shambala and Canada Day on Parliament Hill.

Doors to the May 31 concert open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance at Kingfisher Used Books and Black Bear Books, or $12 at the door.

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