Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC, September 19
The live configuration meant that the band's rhythmic jams packed a particularly powerful wallop, especially when Deakin set aside his guitar to play auxiliary percussion, as he did during his turn on lead vocals for "Wide Eyed." Cuts such as this one from the recent Centipede Hz sounded practically identical to the studio versions — an impressive feat considering the album's dense, fast-moving arrangements.
Despite the overhauled instrumental setup, some things never change. Animal Collective still don't offer much in the way of showmanship, and the four-piece said almost nothing between songs other than to compliment the venue and offer a cursory "thank you." They remained almost motionless at their instruments; the most interesting member to look at was electronics whiz Geologist, and that was only because of the bobbing of his ever-present headlamp.
Luckily, Animal Collective's virtually non-existent stage presence was made up for by an impressive lighting show. The stage was framed by a massive cartoon mouth with colourfully illuminated teeth, while the screen at the back showed a selection of woozy, static-soaked videos. And even if the visual display wasn't always enough to perk up the placid, chilly-looking crowd, then the encore performance of the career highlight "My Girls" sent everyone home happy.
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