About Animal Collective
Creating a twisted musical language all their own, Animal Collective grew from a closely knit group of childhood friends with exploratory tastes into world-famous recording stars, defining the face of independent experimental rock during the 2000s and 2010s. Early iterations of the band performed alongside like-minded noise rock acts like Black Dice and Oneida while releasing albums that switched gears from one to the next -- from sprawling, uneasy experimental sounds to placid backyard acoustic affairs. The band broke through critically with 2004's freak folk classic Sung Tongs, but reached new levels of commercial success with 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Having progressed from playing art-damaged gigs in New York dive bars to headlining world-renowned music festivals, Animal Collective stayed true to their roots even as their fan base reached unforeseen levels, challenging the limits of their sound on subsequent albums like 2016's Painting With and 2022's Time Skiffs.