Bend Sinister 'Animals' (album stream)

Bend Sinister 'Animals' (album stream)
Since their formation in 2001, long-running Vancouver-based rock outfit Bend Sinister have captured countless fans thanks to their untamed, prog-loving sound. But for their fifth studio album — and second for Canadian label File Under: Music — the fun-loving quartet decided to truly let out the beast within, enlisting the help of two time Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) to create a wild and wacky set of genre-bending, amorphous pop songs.

Their new album, Animals, won't see its release until March 11. While you wait, stream the album in full on Exclaim.ca.

Building on the buoyant '70s piano pop of 2012's Small Fame, Animals finds the ebullient four-piece providing arena-ready rock tunes ("Thunder and Lightning"), Electro-Harmonix-baiting bombast ("Seventeen," "I Got Love") and even an eight-minute-plus opener ("Best of You") seemingly in an attempt to become the top album choice for your next road trip sing-along.

Stream Animals in its entirety in the player below, which can be found underneath the group's upcoming Canadian tour itinerary.

Tour dates:

03/20 Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03/21 Kingston, ON - Clark Hall Pub
03/22 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
03/23 Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Café
03/24 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
04/02 Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's Pub
04/03 Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
04/04 Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
04/05 Red Deer, AB - The Vat
04/06 Calgary, AB - Ship & Anchor