Formed in Nov 2009, Preaching to the Animals is quick becoming a local favorite. Their unique, genre-bending, “lounge-a-billy” sound is so catchy and such a good time, you’ll find your new favorite song and be humming it for the next couple of days! PTTA started as a casual, fun, Sunday evening jam session between friends Josh Santaga and Doug Doherty. With no premeditated ideas of starting what Preaching to the Animals has become, they made music. “We would just play whatever and record the whole time. Later while listening to the recordings, we realized we had a shit load of songs”, Josh reminisces. “When it happens in such an organic way, without the pressure of “starting a band”, it makes it all about the fun and love of the music.” preaches Doug. The music came easy. And man, did it come. After inviting Nate Fouts, a seasoned local, to “come hang out and jam with us” and asking singer, Rachelmae Havens to come in for an audition after overhearing her sing a Misfits tune at a party, all the pieces fell into place.
Seeing them live you would never guess that Preaching to the Animals was singer Rachelmae Haven’s first band. Never. She looks so comfortable on stage, really connected. She makes Preaching to the Animal’s sound what it is. Unique and a kick in the ass! Quiet the opposite for Josh, Nate and Doug. Their resumes cover lots of bands, some very known and others not at all, plenty of recording sessions and even more jam sessions. Seasoned musicians. From one of Preaching to the Animals fans point of view, “Watching them play is awesome! You can watch each one of them and see how much fun they are having in their own way. There are no pretenses with them, they’re just lovin’ it!” The blend of histories makes the rest of Preaching to the Animals’ sound what it is, an effing good time! It’s all about the fun for them and that’s obvious. It’s contagious.
Preaching to the Animals is a nondenominational organization preaching rock-and-roll to the animals.