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just seen this, this Thursday - http://scala.co.uk/events/animal-collective/
Absolutely fucking awful live band.
I've never been a fan - mainly because of the bad press they get on Dis.
I thought that they were about 50% good, 50% - not necessarily bad, but hard work..but either way it made me curious to listen to 'Painting With'. I have to say I'm a bit confused as to why it's being slated. Pretty solid album.
My 8th time.
You are wrong.
I watched their soundcheck at EOTR on Friday and it actually sounded far better than any of the times I've paid to see them. Turns out that if they just play the songs and forget the noodling they're a half-decent live band!
Then went rapidly downhill
Also one of the loudest.
they were absolutely fucking amazing for a good while. last great times i saw them were the gigs where they played the centipede hz stuff before it came out (ATP 201...2?)
centipede hz itself was a disappointment (shocking production) and they've become a watered down slightly dull version of themselves. they don't allow enough space in their songs anymore.
The addition of the drummer from Ponytail is a big improvement, and a lot of the tunes are expanded in to tight dance numbers. I'd say it's worth a go if you haven't seen them recently.
Obviously a lot of this is dependent on whether or not you enjoyed the new album, which I personally did very much
seen them twice this year; Manchester in April and Liverpool last week. Both good gigs. Have also seen them when they've been bobbins but they've been good this year.
What I saw of it any way. Have been rubbish in the past... Since MPP, at least.
And was fairly drunk, so you may well be right.
Actually being good irl shocker.
But their love sets really have been hit and miss for me! That's why I skipped the set, but caught the end of it. Don't think they played any old material, but still seemed quite good. Maybe I just have low expectations
Dropped off after 'Centipede HZ' (which I do think is a good album) and haven' listened to 'Painting With...' much.
I just think they're terrible live. Wasteful indulgent noodling. If they want to be remembered as the world's shittiest jam band then they're going the right way about it.
The EOTR set was a bit 'noodly' I suppose, but the dancier tracks were really good, and the live drummer made a really big difference. Think I might try and get a ticket for Thursday, if they're not ridiculously priced.
was good fun, although pretty heavy on the Painting With tracks.
Agreed that the drummer definitely improves the overall sound.