Fresh: Animal Kingdom gig review
Oct 12 2009 by Nick Lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Artists: Animal Kingdom
Venue: Cockpit 3, Leeds
Review by: Nick Lavigueur
ANIMAL KINGDOM sounds more like the title of a book I might read to my three-year-old nephew than the name of a half-decent indie band.
But while the Londoner’s band name may conjure up images of prides of lions and herds of zebras it is strangely evocative of their cutesy, childish sound.
However, the immature tag with which I label Animal Kingdom is not a jibe at their inexperience, as they are clearly a band of accomplished musical talent.
It is more a description of their mystical, ethereal Sigur Ros-like ambience.
Song titles, Into The Sea, Two by Two and Chalk Stars go further to prove the band’s sugary fairytale like qualities.
Singer Richard Sauberlich’s dreamy falsetto tones are layered with pleasing melodies from traditional guitars, bass and drums, the sum of which is a number of uplifting sunny tunes edged with a latent dark underbelly.
This gentler folky form of indie music has certainly got legs as the success of MGMT, Fleet Foxes and Empire of the Sun goes to prove.
And Animal Kingdom could soon be up there with those household names as their musical proficiency is certainly not in doubt.
While they may have only played to roughly 30 people at the intimate Leeds venue the fact that music giant Warner has snapped them up is testament to their talents.
Sauberlich’s skills on the old ivories have me thinking Chris Martin and when the hand of bass player Hamish Crombie is needed as a third keyboard playing hand for the finale it has me believing they’re pushing boundaries.
For some reason Aussie sample kings The Avalanches come to mind and fans of Grandaddy and Mercury Rev are sure to love them.