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Jason Hadlow caught up with Warner Musicâ€™s Animal Kingdom at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow about the importance of making music people can feel.
The Band are: Richard â€“ Lead Vocals/Guitar/Piano Hamish â€“ Bass Wayne â€“ Guitar Jeff â€“ Drums
Fresh Air: So How did it all begin?
Richard: We (Richard and Wayne) started playing together; doing open mic nights and doing more acoustic based gigs. We met Jeff and Hamish through one of my friends in Goldsmith, still continuing to do more acoustic stuff. Hamish: We then found the more we played together, the sound developed into what we have now.
How did the whole Warner Music thing happen?
Jeff: We hooked up with a management company who got us in touch with Warner. The album was recorded before we joined Warner Music. Richard: It took a while to get signed; Wayne and I were playing together for a year and a half/ two years. We then formed with the other guys and spent another couple of years playing various gigs in London, hoping one day an A & R person turns up and notices us. Finally that day came!
Fresh Air: So it is quite hard to get singed then?
Richard: Itâ€™s quite hard as there are so many bands in London. Jeff: We were pretty dedicated to doing two evenings and a Saturday afternoon every week.
Fresh Air: So where next?
Hamish: Birmingham, Southampton, and hopefully America as the track â€˜Tin Manâ€™ was ITunes single of the week out there.
How would you describe the Animal Kingdom Sound?
Richard: Always a hard one, that question… Hamish: Dark, Melancholic, Indie….
What would be your most extravagant purchase?
Hamish: A â€˜Caroplaneâ€™; a car turns into a plane! Jeff: A studio? Wayne: Small Planet or Tiny Island? Richard: I would buy Fresh Air Radio and then we could ask you, Jason! â€˜What would be your most extravagant purchase?â€™ Jason (Interviewing): Hm… Would probably have to be my Apple Mac! Richard: If itâ€™s what we actually bought, it would be my 1962 Fender Jaguar Guitar, which I never play because Iâ€™m frightened of damaging it at gigs.
Their Debut album â€˜Signs And Wondersâ€™ is out now, and pulls you into a sonic landscape of dreamy, melancholic riffs, superb musicianship and tantalising vocals. Taking you from the heartfelt â€˜Silence Summons Youâ€™ to the more rock/pop edged â€˜Walls of Jerichoâ€™, each track is beautifully crafted to evoke a unique and uplifting twist. This can only be truly understood from listening to them. Itâ€™s fair to say after meeting and interviewing the guys, they are some of the most welcoming and down to earth musicians I have ever had the pleasure of speaking to.