13 Facts About Animal Collective


Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Animal Collective grew out of childhood friendships in Baltimore County.

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Animal Collective makes decisions on what Paw Tracks is to release, while Hyman runs the day-to-day operations.

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The group was happy to find someone like Hyman, who had experience running a label and was dedicated to the group's music; the Animal Collective label was more or less abandoned upon the formation of Paw Tracks.

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The first Fat Cat release from the Animal Collective was a double disc package of Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished and Danse Manatee.

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Ariel Pink supported as an opening act for the tour and Animal Collective's sets were well received as the buzz around the band slowly increased.

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In October 2005, Animal Collective released their sixth studio album, Feels, recorded in Seattle with Climax Golden Twins' Scott Colburn, known for his work with the Sun City Girls.

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Animal Collective performed live as a three-piece from that time until late 2009 with Deakin making his return to live performances in 2011.

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One week later, Animal Collective released a video on their website indicating that a new album, Centipede Hz, would be released in September 2012.

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Animal Collective contributed the soundtrack for Marnie Ellen Hertzler's debut film Crestone.

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Animal Collective are often compared to American rock band the Beach Boys, a vocal group who performed original songs penned by their co-founder and leader Brian Wilson, himself inspired by barbershop music and his use of psychedelic drugs.

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Animal Collective responded to the initial comparisons by recording "College", an "anti-Beach Boys" song from the album Sung Tongs.

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In 2015, Animal Collective recorded their album Painting With in the same studio space once used by Wilson for the recording of Pet Sounds and Smile.

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