Fans of Stranger Things may be surprised to learn that Joe Keery – more commonly known as Steve Harrington in the sci-fi epic – plays guitar in psych-rock band Post Animal. What’s more, he’s taken up lead vocals on their new single, ‘Ralphie’.
The famous-haired actor proves he’s a dab hand at musical endeavours on the track – an instantly infectious, psych-tinged pop-rock epic. Taken from their debut album ‘When I Think Of You In A Castle’, you can stream the single below.
“In early 2015, Joe joined our band and quickly became one of our best friends,” said Post Animal earlier today. “He’s played a vital role in Post Animal and the creation of every musical release we’ve had or planned thus far, including his vocals and guitar work on When I Think of You in a Castle. It comes as no surprise that our incredibly talented Joe has found success in other artistic endeavors, and for that reason he is no longer an active touring member of Post Animal. We plan to create more magic with him in the future as our fondness for musical collaboration remains strong.”
He’s far from the first Stranger Things cast member to turn to music, though. Dustin plays in a rock-fuelled covers band called Work In Progress, while Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia are currently readying their debut release.
The young actor has branched out with his music since enjoying his breakthrough role in the hit Netflix show, and was recently invited by Mac DeMarco to join him on stage to play a guitar solo. What’s more, Calpurnia also took on one of Twin Peaks’ own tracks, cover ‘Wanted You’ earlier this year. Twin Peaks reacted positively to the cover, writing on Twitter: “Our boy and his band really did the damn thing. Big love Finn, can’t wait to actually meet ya dude.”
Now, it appears the groups have finally met, with Calpurnia signing to Canadian label Royal Mountain Records (who have previously released Alvvays, Mac DeMarco, METZ and more). As Brooklyn Vegan report, the’ve now entered the studio to record their first release, with Lake behind the recording desk.
In a statement, Wolfhard says: “It is so sweet that we have such a good team at Royal Mountain Records. I love everyone on it. I’m extremely excited to record our EP with Cadien Lake James. Not only is he in one of my favourite bands of all time, and recorded some of my favourite songs, but he is also the sweetest guy ever. Thanks everyone so much who helped us out along the way, it means the world. <3”