The Sound of Animals Fighting

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The Sound of Animals Fighting
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Experimental rock, art rock, progressive rock, post-hardcore, math rock, ambient
Years active 2004-2009, 2014
Labels Stars & Satellites, Equal Vision, Epitaph
Associated acts Chiodos, Rx Bandits, Circa Survive, Finch, The Autumns, Days Away, Good Old War, Portugal. The Man, Dredg, Sunn O)))
Members Craig Owens
Rich Balling
Anthony Green
Matt Embree
Chris Tsagakis
Matthew Kelly
Steve Choi

The Sound of Animals Fighting was an American rock supergroup founded by Rich Balling of Rx Bandits. They released a trilogy of records between 2004 and 2008, and performed only four live shows, following their second release in 2006. The band's live lineup consisted of 12 different musicians. The band would often employ the use of animal masks to conceal their identity.


Tiger and the Duke[edit]

Position Name
Producer, vocals Rich Balling (formerly of RX Bandits)
Lead guitar Matt Embree (RX Bandits)
Drums Chris Tsagakis (RX Bandits)
Guitar Randy "R2K" Strohmeyer (Finch)
Bass Derek Doherty (formerly of Finch)
Vocals Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin)
Mixing & programming Chris Fudurich
Artwork Marc Mcknight (Atreyu)
Public relations Vanessa Chibba
Author Chris Haynie
Engineer Kyle Homme
Patrone Charlie Adams
Engineer, vocals Rich Zahniser (The Hippos)
Vocals Alexander William Bentley (The Autumns)
Recording, mixing Ryan Baker
Backup vocals Chase Everett Simmons

Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...[edit]

Position Name
Producer, vocals Rich Balling (formerly of Rx Bandits)
Lead guitar, backing vocals Matt Embree (Rx Bandits)
Drums Chris Tsagakis (Rx Bandits)
Recording, mixing Ryan Baker
Vocals Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin)
Album artwork Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))))
Public relations Kelli Alexander
Vocals Craig Owens (D.R.U.G.S., Chiodos, Cinematic Sunrise, Isles & Glaciers)
Vocals Keith Goodwin (Good Old War, formerly of Days Away)
Guitar, vocals Matthew Kelly (The Autumns)
Guitar (live performances) Steve Choi (Rx Bandits)
Bass (live performances) Joe Troy (Rx Bandits)
Vocals, backing vocals Chase Everett Simmons


The group performed only one small run of shows in Southern California and Las Vegas from August 24 to August 27, 2006. Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), Anthony Green (Circa Survive), Craig Owens (Chiodos), and Technology (Rx Bandits' Chris Tsagakis' side project) were the opening acts. Prior to the shows, it was difficult to envision which members would be performing at the live shows; Rx Bandits members Matt Embree, Steve Choi, Chris Tsagakis, and bassist Joe Troy were a few of the confirmed musicians. The band released a DVD documenting the shows entitled "We Must Become The Change We Want To See."

Aaron Nagel and Norton Wisdom (see Banyan) did live paintings on stage during the band's set. Nagel's painting was placed on eBay on September 15, 2006, and was up for bidding until September 25, when bidding closed at $930; proceeds from the sale went to charity.

On December 29, 2009, at an Anthony Green show at the Roxy, Matt Embree joined Green on stage and performed combined versions of "Skullflower" and "Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche."[1]

Guitarist Matt Embree and drummer Chris Tsagakis played abridged versions of several songs by the group under the name "Biceratops" at Alex's Bar in Long Beach, CA on January 15, 2010.

It was announced on November 12, 2013 that the band would be playing 7 shows in 2014 in the month of March.[2]

Live lineup[edit]

The band's live lineup consisted of 12 musicians in 2006, most of whom contributed to at least one studio album. At the time, every member of Rich Balling's former band, the RX Bandits, were members of the live lineup .

2006 Live Lineup

The samples that Ryan Baker supplied via laptop were female vocals and additional instruments such as turntables and horns that Rich Balling provided on record but chose not to physically play live.

In 2014, the live lineup consisted of only 7 musicians, "the core four and guests" as Rich Balling said in a 2014 interview.

2014 Live Lineup

The Ocean and the Sun[edit]

On October 15, 2007, Balling stated in a bulletin and blog post on the group's Myspace page[3] that there would be a new album released on Epitaph Records in the future.

Vocal credits include Embree making his first vocal appearance on "Blessings..." and Green returning for the title track,"I, the Swan," "Another Leather Lung," and "The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion," and Balling returning on "I, the Swan," "Cellophane," and "On the Occasion.." Matthew Kelly appears on "On the Occasion." Other vocalists include Jessica Mcwhirter (The Lings) on "On the Occasion," and Lauren Coleman on "Uzbekistan" and spoken word on the title track. Charlene Rogers appears performing spoken word on "Ahab" and Mark Bush appears playing trumpet during "Cellophane."

The band issued a series of 400 masks, 100 of each of four designs, paired with a 7" for a limited preorder of the album. This was the first and only vinyl release and novelty item sold by the band.

On July 8, 2009, the band posted a MySpace blog entry[4] with links to official music videos for "I, the Swan"[5] and "Another Leather Lung."[6]


Studio albums[edit]



  1. ^ "Anthony Green/Matt Embree Skullflower Acoustic @The Roxy 12/29/09". eDearChild. 
  2. ^ The Sound Of Animals Fighting Announce Short Tour In 2014
  3. ^ "The Sound of Animals Fighting". 
  4. ^ "videos". The Sound of Animals Fighting. The Sound of Animals Fighting. 
  5. ^ "The Sound of Animals Fighting - I, The Swan". The Ocean and the Sun. ABSOLUTExclusive. 
  6. ^ "The Sound of Animals Fighting - Another Leather Lung". The Ocean and the Sun. ERIC STODOLNIK. 

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