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

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 8 years ago
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