Animal Kingdom @ Triple Rock Social Club
August 4th, 2012
It was a quiet night in Cedar-Riverside on Saturday. Most of the action was happening in Downtown or on the U of M West Bank Campus for Fringe Festival. But inside the Triple Rock was a modest band of three British gentlemen just thrilled to be touring in America for their first time. Animal Kingdom headlined for pop folksy six-piece, Royal Teeth. Both bands having played Lollapalooza the day before, you wouldn’t expect them to be so glad to play the Triple Rock in Minneapolis, Minnesota for about a hundred people. But if they felt any disappointment, no one knew. Royal Teeth began by getting the crowd in the mood for dancing, and Animal Kingdom took it over the top. The floor flooded with feet for the headliner as they took the stage. Beginning with a couple of songs from their first release, Signs and Wonders, the band warmed up to the Minnesota-nice vibe of an exceptionally encouraging audience. And the encouragement showed through in the unabashedly wide smile of lead singer, Rich Sauberlich, after every song ended in an eruption of applause. Continuing into songs from their most recent release, The Looking Away, the energy in the room did nothing but climb. When they introduced “Get Away With It”, which has gotten air play in the Twin Cities, the crowd was more than ready to dance to such a familiar tune. Finally, as Animal Kingdom ended their set with the highly anticipated single “Strange Attractor” off the new album, there wasn’t a still foot on the floor. Finishing with a flourish, the guys each took turns hopping off the stage, and eagerly heading straight back to the merchandise table to greet fans. So in quiet Cedar-Riverside on Saturday night, there was really nothing but greatness. Great music, great guys, and great experiences. Undoubtedly worth checking out next time they come back from across the pond!
Written by Alex Dziura, Radio K volunteer