Animal Collective – Camp Bisco: Artist Not to Miss
This coming July, Animal Collective will be making its Camp Bisco debut. Out of all the artists on the first round announcement, Animal Collective was one of the more surprising, but nonetheless exciting, serving to further build anticipation for the second weekend in July. The experimental psychedelic group from Baltimore is one of many bands that really makes the Camp Bisco lineup diverse and exciting.
Who and what are Animal Collective? According to the band: Why Animal?
“Because it’s the only word we could think of that made any remote connection to what we thought our sound was, and, of course, we love our fellow animals very much.”
“Because we have always wanted to be the ones who define what and who AC are. Two people? Four people? Why not?”
Who is Animal Collective?
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Wietz (Geologist), Josh Dibb (Deakin) and Dave Portner (Avey Tare).
All of the members of the band, in addition to playing with the band (or, more correctly, ‘the collective’), play and collaborate with a variety of musicians all over the world. Dibb made international headlines in early 2012 by playing a music festival in Northern Mali in a bid to tackle slavery, an issue still endemic to that region of Africa. This exposure to influences from artists and genres the world over has given Animal Collective a uniqueness all their own.
Like many bands, Animal Collective is best experienced live, so we went right to Archive.org, on of the internet’s largest collections of free and legal live recordings, to find a live show to experience. We have embedded their most recent show on Archive from 9-22-12 at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA [above].
We were thoroughly impressed with their live performance. It seems that MCP Presents made a great decision when booking them on this year lineup. True to form we found the recording of their live performance to be haunting, evoking a true animalistic spirit. A hypnotizing sound that makes you feel as if you are floating on air; a truly spiritual experience. While these unquantifiable descriptions may be enough for some, the rest of us will just have to wait in anticipation for the real thing this July. Animal Collective is definitely not a band to miss.