Modern rock is getting good in San Francisco these days. With the rise of Big Light, The New Up, Sean Leahy Trio, Blisses B and a handful of others, there’s a nostalgia free but classically informed rock movement afoot, where the skill level is way beyond what we’re hearing in most Pitchfork/blog approved buzz bands, not to mention a real sense of hooks and groin level fun that’s missing from a lot of contemporaries. Add Animal Party, the stomping good new band helmed by DI fave Kiyoshi Foster. Their debut video, a taste of their forthcoming full-length album, has the hard lovin’ flavor of fellow Californians Rival Sons – and around DI we can’t give a much bigger compliment these days. Besides Foster on lead vocals and guitar, the Party features Evan Bautista (drums) and Mark Calderon (bass), and this track features lead guitar from Sean Leahy (not featured in video). This bodes well for the full album, and the video makes these guys look legitimately cool (and DI knows these cats and they aren’t usually this cool, so hats off to director Nick Testa). You can catch Animal Party live next week on Friday, October 12, at the Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco.