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Their music is untethered to one particular genre or sound. By blending the best of psychedelic noise rock, vocal loops and harmonies and freak folk (to name a few) with ambient sounds and an array of instrumentals, Animal Collective has evaded genre labels and intrigued crowds since their first album in 2000.
In December, Animal Collective performed their 2004 album Sung Tongs in full for the first time at the Knockdown Center in Queens, and now they’re taking that album on tour. Like at the Queens show, it will be duo sets by Avey Tare (David Portner) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), the only two members of Animal Collective who recorded the album. Now, they’re coming to Denver to perform that album at The Ogden Theatre, Wednesday, July 25.
The band is made up of four members — Tare on vocals and guitar, Panda Bear on vocals and drums, Deakin (Josh Dibb) on guitar and synthesizers and Geologist (Brian Weitz) on electronics and samples. Since their formation, Animal Collective has pushed the limits of music by blending sounds in unconventional ways and bringing big-time diversity to the industry. They’ve gained international fame and have appeared on big platforms from “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” to Coachella and Sundance Film Festival.
Sung Tongs, their fifth studio album, gained international attention with 27,000 copies sold worldwide and was named Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the Decade. The album spans 12 songs, some of which were featured on “The Simpsons” and on the soundtrack of John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. The band’s most recent album, Painting With, was released in 2016.
Animal Collective will play The Ogden Theatre Wednesday, July 25. Doors open at 8 p.m., and pre-sale tickets will be available this Thursday, March 22, here.