Animal Collective

Despite the evident appeal of their deliciously skewed songs, heartbreaking hooks and deep pop sensibilities, Animal Collective is clearly not a simple or stable ‘band’ proposition. Friends and musical partners since 1992, core members Avey Tare and Panda Bear came together in 2000 with the intention of moving pop music in a direction that would place heavy emphasis on sonic experience. Soon after this, they began operating as Animal Collective, an umbrella name now used for a grouping of four people: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deaken, who play together under different names and in different configurations (anything between 1 to 4 people), and whose releases are prone to continual musical change: from beautifully skewed pop ballads to fiercely ruptured noise-squalls to tribal rhythmic work-outs to simple folk songs, to who knows where; from fully orchestrated group freak-outs to a the intimacy of an acoustic duo.

The Collective’s first offering was a stunning collaboration between Avey Tare and Panda Bear called ‘Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished’, released on their own label (Animal) in August of 2000.  A second album, ‘Danse Manatee’ (remastered for this release) was released by Catsup Plate in July 2001, which was accompanied by a month-long US tour with their friends Black Dice. The following year saw the release of a limited edition (300 copies), vinyl-only release on St.Ives (a sub-label of Secretly Canadian) called ‘Hollinndagain’, which was made up of recordings from live shows. 2003 saw their most prolific year to date - as well as FatCat’s repackaging of the first two albums, they released ‘Campfire Songs’ - a collection of songs recorded live on a screened-in porch in rural Maryland on Catsup Plate; ‘Here Comes The Indian’ on Carpark’s imprint label Paw Tracks (which is being run by the band themselves); and 3 tracks from Avey Tare also appeared on a Split 12” shared with fellow New Yorker David Grubbs.  May 2004 saw the release of their twisted yet masterly pop album, ‘Sung Tongs’ - their most outwardly ‘accessible’ work to date - which drew widespread critical acclaim, making end of year top 10’s including The New York Times, Mojo, The Wire, Pitchork.

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Animal Collective- Visiting Friends Art video

A video of ‘Scroll’, featuring Animal Collective’s song ‘Visiting Friends.

2 years ago
Animal Collective - Who Could Win A Rabbit

Director: Danny Perez Date: April 2004

8 years ago
Animal Collective - Brighton Festival

Director: Joe Tunmer. At the Gardener Arts Centre in Brighton. The event was in May 2003 and was part of the Brighton Festival.
This clip sees Animal Collective lined up as a duo of Avey Tare and Panda Bear, and this was the pair’s first ever live show in the UK.

8 years ago
Animal Collective - Live at The Old Market

Director : Joe Tumner. Shot with three cameras, this is a great piece of live footage of Animal Collective’s set at The Old Market in Brighton, the first show on the UK leg of their ‘Sung Tongs’ tour in April 2004.

8 years ago
Animal Collective - Grass

Director: Superhate. Making use of negative super 8mm film, the video is composed of some beautifully coloured footage taken at a number of live shows throughout Europe between 2004 - 2005, and interspersed with some of Avey Tare’s ink drawings.

8 years ago
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