LIVE: Animal House @ Notting Hill Arts Club

A solid gold performance in West London from the boys from Brisbane by way of Brighton, Animal House
Posted: 1 February 2020 Words: Chris Hartmann
Animal House recently relocated from Brisbane, Australia to the slightly less sunny location of Brighton, UK. The goal of the move was to further develop their already impulsive, energetic and unique brand of garage-rock music.

Animal House manages to possess the sureness of The White Stripes and a volatile excitement that echoes Youth and Young Manhood era Kings of Leon and the early sound of The Strokes. With the release of the album, Premium Mediocre, Animal House look set to have an exciting 2020 as they tour their debut LP. Between songs such as Sour and Heavy, Animal House may already have several impulsive anthems in their repertoire to rock the British music scene.

The talents of this Anglo-Australian 5-piece were showcased on a mild winter Friday night in West London's famous Notting Hill Art's Club. The boys take to the stage in total darkness while Spandau Ballet's Gold blares from the audio system, the house lights turn up to reveal the band, dressed in gold, faces beaming with delight to take on a completely up for it West London crowd.

Animal House has an inherent pace to their music and nothing could stop the boys of Brisbane and Brighton from ravaging the crowd with track after track of pulse-pounding, hip-swinging garage rock beats. The front row enticed to dance from the moment the first chord is struck and nothing could stop every single person from bouncing along with song after song as they perform the many impulsive anthems at the album launch of Premium Mediocre.

The small stage of the Notting Hill Arts Club can hold back a band such as Animal House. The band can showcase themselves and make the statement that given the opportunity they may be one to watch if they can make it to the biggest stage. When a band is beaming with delight to play at any venue, it's hard for any crowd to witness this and not be carried away into a rocking sense of euphoria. Animal House manages to connect in a way that releases that sense of joy you come to expect at a rock show.

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