Published Oct 02, 2007Exclaim!'s September cover stars Animal Collective have formed an underground cult that plays music backwards designed to endanger young adults. Or so says the furious mother of a "young adult" who attended the band's recent gig in Philadelphia at the Starlight Ballroom this past Friday night (September 28). According to the gig's promoter Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, he received an email that berated the band for their disorientating concert. Agnew shared the email with Pitchfork. The message reads:
"You should be brought up on charges for what went down Saturday night, is this an underground cult you are running with Animal Collective?
My daughter and her friends were terrified, no security, no police, not even a show, music playing backwards and men trying to lure them away, only one door to exit out and no cab would come pick them up because the location they gave did not exist, no one ever heard of the Polaris club or the address.
What kind of scheme are you running.....
I will find someone to listen and have your organization investigated, you endangered several young adults on Saturday night.
I hope your child never goes thru what hell you put ours thru, I hope you rot in hell, or is that were your from!"
Harsh. Agnew told Pitchfork that he responded to the histrionic woman informing her that "there were 12 R5 staff members, one police officer, and two 'uniformed and armed licensed state security officers' stationed at the venue (indie kids can sure get rowdy!), which happens to have three exits, and had plenty of cabs out front. He ended his e-mail with 'We are not a cult and you have horrible grammar. Good luck on your journey with your child.'"
Warning: Close your eyes if you don't want to be corrupted...