“Rational Animals” works for me as a band name. It might strike some as incongruous, in that animals aren’t generally regarded as being able to act in a rational manner. Rather, they’re typically governed by instinct and a moderate amount of learned behaviour. There is one animal, though, that is supposed to possess the capacity for reason — although the last few decades, it seems, it’s a capacity that’s unfortunately been in increasingly short supply.

Regardless, tonight Rational Animals (a Rochester-based punk/rock/soul band) are in town to play a show at the Exchange. And as promised in my July 26 14 Days Top Six here’s video of them ripping it up at what looks to be a basement show last December: