Richard Sauberlich – Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Hamish Crombie – Bass
Geoff Lea – Drums
Animal Kingdom, who formed when singer/guitarist/pianist Richard Sauberlich was introduced to bassist Hamish Crombie while at art school and were joined soon after by drummer Geoff Lea, found immediately that they had a common interest—to make compelling music that spoke with intent. The trio recorded their debut album, Signs and Wonders, in early 2009 in Seattle with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen) and released the disc at the end of the year.
Although the band’s debut, which received great critical acclaim, was only released digitally in the U.S., iTunes named the album’s track “Tin Man” as their “Single of the Week” and proclaimed the band “Best New Alternative Act.” Animal Kingdom toured extensively around the release, trekking around the U.K. and Europe, but it is the group’s sophomore effort, The Looking Away, which will be released by Mom + Pop Records, that really introduces them overseas.