Animal Collective

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Animal Collective

Animal Collective at the Seaport Music Festival at The Seaport, New York City, on June 1, 2007. David Portner & Noah Lennox (right).
Background information
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Neo-psychedelia, Experimental music, Indie rock, Freak folk
Years active 1999–present
Labels Animal, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, Paw Tracks, Fat Cat, Domino
Associated acts Panda Bear, Vashti Bunyan, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Jane, Terrestrial Tones, Together
Website myanimalhome.net
Members
David Portner (Avey Tare)
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Brian Weitz (Geologist)
Josh Dibb (Deakin)

Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but are now based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, also spelled as Deacon or Deaken (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).

Members[change | edit source]

  • Avey Tare (David Portner; vocals, guitar, samples, keyboard instruments, percussion) – Name comes from "tearing" apart the name David to make Avey Tare.[1]
  • Deakin (Josh Dibb; synthesizer, guitar, vocals) – Name comes from letters he used to write to other members under the name Conrad Deacon. He has used different spellings of the name on different albums: Having been absent from the band's tours since early 2007, he began a solo tour in 2010 (using the spelling "Deakin" at the request of fellow Baltimorean musician Dan Deacon, in order to avoid confusion.)
  • Geologist (Brian Weitz; electronics, samples, vocals) – Name comes from the headlamp he wears in order to see the electronics during live shows.[2] Someone mistakenly thought Brian studied geology in college; however, he studied marine biology.[1]
  • Panda Bear (Noah Lennox; vocals, percussion, samples, guitar) – Name comes from the panda he drew on the first set of songs he ever wrote.[3]

Studio Albums[change | edit source]

  • Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (August 2000)
  • Danse Manatee (July 2001)
  • Campfire Songs (album)|Campfire Songs (March, 2003)
  • Here Comes the Indian (June 17, 2003)
  • Sung Tongs (May 3, 2004)
  • Feels (October 18, 2005)
  • Strawberry Jam (September 10, 2007)
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion (January 20, 2009)
  • Centipede Hz (January ,2012)

EPs[change | edit source]

  • Prospect Hummer (May 24, 2005)
  • People (October 23, 2006)
  • Water Curses (May 6, 2008)
  • Fall Be Kind (November 23, 2009)

Visual Albums[change | edit source]

  • ODDSAC (January 2010)

Live Albums[change | edit source]

  • Hollinndagain (2002)
  • Animal Crack Box (May 11, 2009)

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/archives/2005/02/the_animal_coll.html
  2. Explained on WNYC's "Spinning On Air," July 30, 2004, second hour.
  3. Interview, The Milk Factory, March 2005.

Other websites[change | edit source]