As if the new album wasn’t enough to render a special energy, there was that whole episode last month when the band had to reschedule due to illness, then Ticketmaster got all mixed up… fast forward to last night, where a sold-out Fonda Theater finally burst. It was a startlingly young crowd, but then again this is the Band of the Internet Generation.
If you’re a regular reader here, you can imagine how capable I am of “going-on” about these guys, and predictably, this show. Here’s an attempt at some restraint: it was amazing.
Animal Collective have entered such a stride in their live set. It’s perfectly sequenced and seemingly scientific in respect to human response and crescendo. Merriweather Post Pavilion’s star is the vocal bond between Avey Tare and Panda Bear, and the same went for last night.
They opened just like that album as well, with “In the Flowers” ("If I could just leave my body for a night") leading into the anthem, “My Girls.” The latter’s power at this point, is profoundly, bananas. You’ll see in the video below (that I barely steadied my arm for), it has taken shape as a philosophical sing-along.
I’ll put a personal highlight stamp on the extended rendition (what had to be 15 minutes) of “Fireworks.” Its trademark drum loop crept in like a far-away helicopter. Once landed, Panda joined in on his drum kit, Avey on the verse, and well…fireworks.
“Lion in a Coma” is a serious live jam. As was “Brothersport” (below), to be expected.
They eased into an encore with a slow-motion twist on “Banshee Beat”, really only recognizable by lyrics. This evolved into a standout track from Panda Bear’s solo album, followed by older favorite, “Leaf House”, a proper way to end it. Bravo.
Set List (let me know if I missed any)
In the Flowers
Blue Sky (New Song)
Lion in a Coma
| encore |
Comfy In Nautica