- Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003
Animal Collective facts
- Its members and founders are Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz)
- The band's music is characterized by studio experimentation, vocal harmonies, and an exploration of various genres which include freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia
- Records released under the name "Animal Collective" may include contributions from any or all of its members
- In the case of Dibb, who often takes breaks from recording and performing with the band, his time off does not constitute full leave
- The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age
- Originally a duo comprising Lennox and Portner, the collective was not officially established until all four members came together for the album Here Comes the Indian (2003)
- Previous collaborations between two or more members were then retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography
- In 1999, they established the record label Paw Tracks, issuing what is now considered their debut album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000), as well as work by other artists
- In 2009, the band released their most commercially successful album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which Uncut magazine called: "one of the landmark American albums of the century so far"
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