Already tipped to be one of the year’s major breaking bands, London quartet Animal Kingdom follow their recent praise with the release of the debut single ‘Tin Man’ on July 6th on Warner Bros. Records. Animal Kingdom’s debut album, title to be confirmed, will follow in September.
Recorded in Seattle’s Electrokitty Studios with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Les Savy Fav), ‘Tin Man’ provides a snapshot of Animal Kingdom’s talents with its otherworldly, upbeat melodies offset by the yearning melancholy of the lyrics. Available on CD and download formats, ‘Tin Man’ is Animal Kingdom’s full debut following the limited edition release of ‘Chalk Stars’.
Developed over a six week period during which the band were living together, Animal Kingdom’s debut album ranges from the delicately crafted, emotive pop of the ‘Chalk Stars’ to the eerie flow of ‘Two By Two’ that features Sauberlich’s vocals floating in the air like the voice of an imaginary friend. But the album is also rich on versatility; the likes of ‘Good Morning Mr. Magpie’, ‘Silence Summons You’ and ‘Into The Sea’ share a cohesive, cinematic atmosphere but each song represents a unique statement.
Animal Kingdom could be loosely compared to the likes of Mercury Rev, The Cure, The Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins and Grandaddy, but they remain a proposition in which their own individual sound shines through. Their summer touring plan includes festival appearances and dates with Silversun Pickups.
27th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28th – Bristol, Thekla
30th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
1st – Glasgow, Stereo
2nd – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
3rd – Brighton, Audio
5th – London, The Roundhouse (iTunes Festival with Snow Patrol and Silversun Pickups)
6th – Oxford, O2 Academy
7th – London, Heaven
18th – Latitude Festival
30th – Monmouth Festival