During the winter time, wild beasts know to hibernate by nature. Thus, the beginnings of Richmond, Virginia-based The Animal Beat are not unlike the annual cycles of the great black bear or the North American gila monster. In November of 2008, Travis Tucker and Jeff Linka began writing and practicing songs in a suitable cave overlooking one of Richmond's most populas floras. The following March, after weeks of living off of only gathered and stored acoustic guitars and pianos, it was finally time to emerge and set out on a path with others. Bassist Andrew Saunders, pianist David Graham, and drummer Paul Howard soon joined the pack.