Animal Kingdom (band)

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Animal Kingdom
Origin North London, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock, post-Britpop
Years active 2008–present
Labels BoomBox Records, Mom + Pop Music
Website http://www.weareanimalkingdom.com/
Members Richard Sauberlich
Hamish Crombie
Geoff Lea [1]

Animal Kingdom is a British alternative rock trio comprising Richard Sauberlich on vocals, guitar, and piano, Hamish Crombie on bass, and Geoff Lea on drums. They have released two studio albums; Signs and Wonders in 2009 and The Looking Away on May 8, 2012.

History[edit]

Signs and Wonders (2009-2010)[edit]

Their debut album Signs and Wonders was recorded by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes/The Shins) in Seattle and released in 2009. The first single "Tin Man" was iTunes "Single of the Week" and iTunes named them "Best New Alternative Act".[citation needed]

Support tours with Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Snow Patrol and Silversun Pickups followed, as well as numerous festival appearances in the UK and Europe.

Songs taken from the album were featured on various feature films and TV shows including "Never Let Me Go" (starring Keira Knightley) and HBO’s Big Love. Song 'Mephistopheles' appears in the 2012 UK feature film Life Just Is.

The album was praised by critics. NME described it as "Achingly beautiful celestial indie…Will have Sigur Ros quivering with envy."[citation needed] and The Fly magazine felt "…Their debut swells with spiritually melancholic masterpieces."[citation needed] Particular praise was given to the single "Chalk Stars".XFM's Jon Kennedy named "Chalk Stars" his "Song of the Year"[citation needed] and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe called "Chalk Stars" "...a stunning piece of music".[citation needed]

The Looking Away (2011-present)[edit]

The band wrote and rehearsed for the album in an old church in North London. They completed their second album with Bat for Lashes/Everything Everything producer David Kosten and signed to BoomBox Records in the US.

The first single to be taken from their second studio album, The Looking Away, was "Strange Attractor", currently available on iTunes in the US & Canada. The video on youtube has already amassed over half a million views, with the song becoming the 8th most played on U.S alternative radio in 2012. The Looking Away was released on May 8, 2012 and the band followed its release by performing sold out shows in New York, San Francisco and at the legendary Troubador club in Los Angeles, as well as appearing at Outside Lands festival and opening Lollapalooza.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US 200
2009 Signs and Wonders Warner Music Group
2012 The Looking Away Warner Music Group

Singles[edit]

  • "Chalk Stars" - 2009
  • "Tin Man" - 2009
  • "Two by Two" - 2010
  • "Signs and Wonders" - 2010
  • "Strange Attractor" - January 31, 2012 #29 Billboard Alternative Songs
  • "Strange Attractor (3D M4n Remix)" - 2012
  • "Strange Attractor (Dzeko & Torres Remix)" - 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Animal Kingdom Band Bio - Billboard". Retrieved 2010-01-06. 

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