Originally, the concept of having a spirit animal was derived from the Native Americans.
It’s basically a breed of animal that you feel embodies your personality or perhaps one that you can relate to on a spiritual level.
We asked members of Palaye Royale, Deez Nuts, While She Sleeps, Milk Teeth, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Parkway Drive, the Bronx, Neck Deep, Municipal Waste, Cancer Bats, PVRIS, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup and Creeper to tell us what they think their spirit animal is.
Remington Leith, PALAYE ROYALE
A baby panda. The babies are more adorable, and also they’ve got built in eyeliner at all times! It’s amazing. You’d never have to apply it in the morning.
JJ Peters, DEEZ NUTS
A dog. I was born in the year of the dog, and this is the year of the dog, so apparently this is going to be a very prosperous year for me. That’s my shit.
Lawrence “Loz” Taylor, WHILE SHE SLEEPS
A hyena. Because I’m silly, a bit giggly—I’ve got a bite to me. I’m a bit ratty sometimes as well—they’re like lion/tiger rats, aren’t they?! I like them. They’re crazy animals.
Ben Barlow, NECK DEEP
A gorilla. I’d love to be a big gorilla, chilling and sleeping a lot. Being lazy, gross and living in the forest climbing trees!
Tony Foresta, MUNICIPAL WASTE
A panda. Because they’re cuddly creatures, but they’ll fuck you up, just like myself!
Liam Cormier, CANCER BATS
A wolf. I like them. They rip, they run in packs and they’re homies.
Becky Blomfield, MILK TEETH
A bat. Because they’re a bit weird. I feel like they’re Marmite—people either love them or hate them, and that’s probably how they feel about me!
Frank Carter, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
A fox. They’re slender and sexy and orange. But they also like stealing people’s rubbish!
Winston McCall, PARKWAY DRIVE
A shark. They haven’t hurt me yet. I’ve had encounters, but I haven’t been bitten. A friend got done last year, got away real lucky, and there was an attack at home recently. So, I’m saying a shark, because if I’m friends with them, then they won’t come after me!
Will Gould, CREEPER
I have a cat at home, whose name’s Gus, and I always feel like if I was a cat, I’d be a bit like him. He’s sweet, but dopey and I love him.
Matt Caughthran, THE BRONX
A bear. I love to sleep, I love to eat salmon and when poked, I can attack!
Rob Damiani, DON BROCO
A polar bear. I was always a big polar bear fan. They’re very cool. I always wanted a baby polar bear growing up; I thought I could train it. It probably wouldn’t enjoy living in England! They’d want cold conditions, but I thought, ‘Wow if you had a polar bear buddy trekking round, having your back, that would be pretty cool.’
Lynn Gunn, PVRIS
A lion. They’re very tame when they need to be, but also, if they need to puff out and attack they will do it! They’re very prideful.
Jaret Reddick, BOWLING FOR SOUP
A border collie because they’re smart, loyal and can catch the shit out of a Frisbee!