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Animal Collective Details
Animal Collective, an experimental pop band from Maryland, draws inspiration from various genres, including freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia. The group is compiled of four friends that go by the quirky nicknames, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist. The boys met in 2003 while attending school and have since released eight albums featuring any and all of the band members, Deakin is not featured on every song. Their albums have been met with critical acclaim and their most successful album, Merriweather Post Pavillion has been referred to as a landmark American album of the century. This band is relatively young but they continue to impress us!
Band members Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) and Josh Dibb (Deakin) met in the second grade and have stayed close ever since. When Dibb attended a different high school the pair kept in touch and Dibb grew close with Portner (Avey Tare) and Brian Weitz (Geologist). Portner, Weitz, and Dibb started a band called Automine and wrote their own songs, releasing their first and only record in 1995. During that time they also began to experiment with psychedelic drugs which resulted in improvisation while playing music. Later, Dibbs was introduced to the group and they began playing different lineups and experimenting with different instruments and sounds.
After all but Portner dropped out of college, the four united in Baltimore and began playing together full time, working on their debut album, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished. While he continued his studies, the group played in various shows at NYU and recorded their music. Animal Collective played their first show together in summer of 2000 wearing makeup and masks, which is what established their signature look and name.
While performing throughout 2000 and 2001 the group tended to prep material in the live setting, record, and retire songs. This process became the hallmark of Animal Collective. The first album with all four members, Campfire Songs was released in 2001. The group recorded the album on a screened in porch and it consists of five songs played straight through. The goal was to make the music as inviting as a campfire, and sounds from the surrounding environment added to that feel.
The group began to face internal challenges in 2002, while on their first big tour. Prior to the tour, Weitz received notice that he had been accepted into his first choice graduate school which, paired with equipment and vehicle malfunctions, would have cancelled the tour. After concluding the tour the group agreed to take a break as Weitz attended school.
After releasing their second album the group’s longtime friends, Black Dice, introduced them to Fat Cat Records, who produced a double disc package Spirit and Danse Manatee. While Weitz was finishing school, Lennox and Porter focused on stripped down material and performed at various venues. In 2005 Weitz and Dibbs rejoined the other two and they released their sixth studio album, Feels. Following that, Animal Collective embarked on their most extensive tour which lasted almost a year.
In 2007 it was announced that Domino Recording Company would release Strawberry Jam, which was leaked online in July of 2007 and officially released in September of that year. The album was met with immediate praise, focusing on the vocal talent of the group. It received Album of the Year from both Pitchfork Media and Tiny Mix Tapes.
Animal Collective made their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in the fall of 2007. This appearance was followed by the release of their EP Water Curses before entering the studio once again to record Merriweather Post Pavilion released officially in 2009. This was their most successful album to date, being referred to by Fact Magazine (UK) as the Best Album of 2009.
Beginning in 2006, the band had been working on their visual album, ODDSAC. It was officially released in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. After this the group mentioned that they had begun work on their next album that would be recorded in Baltimore, where the group began. The album Centipede Hz wasn’t released until September 2012. In 2015 the band announced their live album, Live at 9:30 would be released as a limited 3 disc LP, which was followed by the release of their album, Painting With. The album debuted over the speakers of Baltimore-Washington National Airport and played on loop throughout the day on July 15.
We’re excited to see what else this group has in store. Animal Collective continues to impress us with their innovation in recording and integration of their environment in their songs. This group follows no rules and that’s what we at Rukkus find most impressive. This show is pleasing both to look at and listen to- definitely a must-see!
Top 3 Animal Collective Tracks:
Animal Collective Albums
- Queen In My Pictures
- Two Corvettes
- Moo Rah Rah Rain
- De Soto de Son
Here Comes the Indian
- Native Belle
- Hey Light
- Infant Dressing Table
- Two Sails on a Sound
- Too Soon
- Did You See the Words
- Flesh Canoe
- The Purple Bottle
- Banshee Beat
- Daffy Duck
- Loch Raven
- Turn into Something
Animal Collective Members
- David Portner (Avey Tare)
- Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
- Brian Weitz (Geologist)
- Josh Dibb (Deakin)
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|$9.00||Animal Collective — 05/14/2016|
Starland Ballroom; Sayreville, NJ
|$30.00||Animal Collective — 11/02/2016|
Terminal 5; New York, NY
|$32.00||Animal Collective — 05/03/2016|
The Pageant; St Louis, MO
|$33.00||Animal Collective — 09/20/2016|
Birch North Park Theatre; San Diego, CA
|$35.00||Animal Collective — 10/05/2016|
Murat Egyptian Room; Indianapolis, IN
|$37.90||Animal Collective — 06/28/2017|
Wilma Theatre; Missoula, MT
|$39.00||Animal Collective — 11/04/2016|
The National; Richmond, VA
|$40.00||Animal Collective — 11/14/2016|
The Civic Theatre; New Orleans, LA
|$40.00||Animal Collective — 03/01/2016|
Ogden Theatre; Denver, CO
|$41.00||Animal Collective — 03/02/2016|
The Depot; Salt Lake City, UT
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|$191.00||Animal Collective — 06/30/2017|
Roseland Theater; Portland, OR
|$170.00||Animal Collective — 09/29/2016|
MacEwan Hall; Calgary, AB
|$160.00||Levitation 3 Day Pass — 04/29/2016|
Carson Creek Ranch; Austin, TX
|$131.00||Animal Collective — 04/28/2016|
Georges Majestic Lounge; Fayetteville, AR
|$119.00||Animal Collective — 10/07/2016|
Mr. Smalls Theatre; Millvale, PA
|$119.00||Animal Collective — 10/06/2016|
Mainstage Morgantown; Morgantown, WV
|$119.00||Animal Collective — 09/21/2016|
Galaxy Theatre; Santa Ana, CA
|$114.00||Animal Collective — 02/19/2016|
Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
|$112.00||Animal Collective — 11/07/2016|
The Moon; Tallahassee, FL
|$101.00||Animal Collective — 07/30/2017|
Madison Theater; Covington, KY