Animal Kingdom (band)

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Animal Kingdom
OriginNorth London, United Kingdom
GenresIndie rock, Noise rock, alternative rock, post-Britpop
Years active2008–present
LabelsBoomBox Records, Mom + Pop Music
MembersRichard Sauberlich
Hamish Crombie
Geoff Lea[1]

Animal Kingdom are a British alternative rock trio comprising Richard Sauberlich on vocals, guitar, and piano, Hamish Crombie on bass, and Geoff Lea on drums. They previously went by the name of The Sofa Club prior to renaming. They have released two studio albums; Signs and Wonders in 2009, and The Looking Away on 8 May 2012.


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 in various films and TV shows including Never Let Me Go (starring Keira Knightley) and HBO's Big Love. "Mephistopheles" appears in the 2012 UK 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 The Looking Away was "Strange Attractor". The video on YouTube amassed over half a million views, with the song becoming the 8th most played on US alternative radio in 2012. The Looking Away was released on 8 May 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.

Their song, "Get Away With it" is featured in the soundtrack of the EA Sports game, FIFA 13, as well as Sleeping Dogs under the title, “Golden Pyramids”.

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2009 Signs and Wonders Warner Music Group
2012 The Looking Away Mom+Pop


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


  1. ^ "Animal Kingdom Band Bio". Retrieved 6 January 2010.

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