EP: Animal House – ‘Sorry’

Channelling vibes of The Drums and Spring King, Australian indie-rockers Animal House turn up the heat on their new 5-track EP Sorry. And to have received praise from the likes of Annie Mac and Steve Lamacq, it seems like Animal house are set to rip the UK a new one anytime soon.

The opening track will get you nodding your head straight away with its infectious hooks. Raspy vocals paired well with the catchy melody and refrain “She’s a Domino”, it clings to your eardrums as soon as you hear it.

The next tune on the record is ‘English Girls’, which the band have released previously. It has a very typical indie drive to it with palm-muted power chords and a simple yet effective four to the floor drum pattern, guaranteed to get your feet moving.

You can tell where these guys get their inspiration from, the introduction to ‘Heavy’ harks to back to early Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, giving early noughties indie a fresh twist – everyone loves a little bit of light nostalgia now and again!

I love how versatile these guys are. They have so many influences mixed into their sound. I can’t put my finger on it. On the record’s penultimate track – ‘Lemon & Lime’ – there’s strong shades of The Vaccines in my ears, and then on final track ‘Tequila’ I can suddenly picture Jack White screaming into my face.

With a voice like that and an ear for melody like these guys do, they’re going to have no problem building an even bigger fan base over here in the UK.


Sorry, the new EP from Animal House, is out 18 November and catch them live on 29 November at Birthdays.

Jimmy Ingham