Published Jun 09, 2010When bands as iconic and unique as Animal Collective come along and release a string of influential albums, it's only a matter of time before new bands start ripping off their sound. Following the phenomenon that was 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion, everyone from chillwavers to nu-ravers are employing some aspect of Animal Collective's sound in their own.
As a result, Brooklyn, NY noise pop trio Grooms saw this as a perfect opportunity to test their list-making skills on their blog, giving us "One Hundred Things to Try and Sound Like Besides Animal Collective's Last Three Albums." Rather than ruin the fun of reading it, enjoy it yourself in its incredible, unedited form.
"One Hundred Things to Try and Sound Like Besides Animal Collective's Last Three Albums":
1. Their first 5 albums.
2. If Charles Mingus were in the Beatles pre-Revolver.
3. If Charles Mingus were in the Beatles from Revolver on.
4. "I Talk to the Wind" by King Crimson
5. The first side of Low.
6. The second side of Low.
7. Your parents' best impression of their last 3 albums.
8. Charles Ives auditioning for Can.
9. The sense of embarrassment you (understandably) feel when you've poured yourself what you thought was vodka, but was, in fact, white vinegar.
10. Marital sex, conact-mic'd and run through a Digiverb pedal.
11. Guitars strung with human ligaments.
12. Muslim sacred music.
13. The Trees Community.
14. Kira Sedgwick trying, through song, to win back Kevin Bacon.
15. John Cage's "Dream".
16. William Baines.
17. Joan of Arc.
18. Joan of Arc.
20. How Joan of Arc felt.
22. The Cocker Spaniels.
23. The Geddy Address.
24. Mountains of hate eroded into hills of ambivalence.
25. Hills of ambivalence eroded into plains of apathy.
26. Plains of apathy eroded into valleys of love.
27. Plastic Ono Band.
28. Plastic Ono Band.
29. Going on Nicorette at age eleven.
30. Running out of Nicorette at age eleven.
31. Meeting someone on the internet.
32. The soundtrack to John Mayer and Gary Busey's buddy-cop romp.
33. Doctor Came at Dawn/Red Apple Falls
34. Wild Love.
35. "Obscured" by Smashing Pumpkins.
37. The score for The Mosquito Coast.
38. A dirty bedroom.
39. Sharon Van Etten singing in Sisters.
40. Staten Island's answer to Penderecki.
41. "Long Long Long".
42. Siamese Dream with a better drum sound.
43. Illumination by the Pastels.
44. Eureka by Jim O'Rourke.
45. TNT by Tortoise.
46. Drum's Not Dead without drums.
47. Very early Centro-matic.
48. My cat's early morning squeaks.
49. Mellow Gold and old Beck b-sides.
50. Johnny Cash and Donovan, together at last.
51. The weirder Smiths moments.
52. The sadder Solex moments.
53. "Torture Day" version with Cynthia Dall.
54. Cynthia Dall.
55. This Heat.
56. The Ex.
58. Bone Machine.
59. Xiu Xiu
61. Fables of the Reconstruction.
62. Automatic for the People.
63. Q Lazarus' "Goodbye Horses".
64. Portishead's Third.
65. In a Silent Way.
67. The Dirty Three
68. The Fugs.
69. Calexico's darker moments.
70. Kyp Malone and Daniel Johnston with lots of helium and machine guns.
72. Mission of Burma's more introspective moments.
75. Macha Loved Bedhead.
76. A literally insane kitten.
77. Millennial fear.
78. Laughing until it hurts.
80. Michael Jackson fronting U2.
81. Pregnancy, after trying for 20 years.
82. How purple everything gets when the sun is going down in the summer, in certain parts of Texas.
83. Sticking things like screws, needles, coils, and glass flecks inside your skin.
85. The world, if the ending of Lost hadn't been so terribly disappointing.
86. The first taste of meat after not eating it for 10 years.
87. Staying up all night for good reasons.
88. Staying up all night for bad reasons.
89. Sleeping all day.
90. How you'd feel if you ingested nothing but sugary soda for a week.
91. Being cloned.
92. Flattop Tony and the Purple Canoes.
93. Honesty in Motion.
95. Songs original to David Lynch movies/shows / Angelo Badalamenti's scores thereto.
96. Drum circles where the drums are compressed to sound like Ringo's.
98. Church bells.
99. Life in the fast lane.
100. The way Animal Collective's most recent 3 albums sounds to your pets.
The band insist that "this is in no way saying anything nasty about AC and their tunes," and we couldn't agree more. In fact, if modern bands spent a little less effort aping Animal Collective and a little more time drawing inspiration from this list, we would be experiencing an even more interesting musical climate. We would love to hear more elements of Rachel's, Bedhead and Karate in modern music, not to mention the sound of "being cloned" or "the first taste of meat after not eating it for 10 years."
When they're not churning out hilarious lists, Grooms play noisy, deconstructed pop music, most recently on last year's Rejoicer. The trio currently have a handful of tour dates, including appearances at Toronto's NXNE and in Montreal.
6/10 Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio
6/16 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
6/17 Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn's
6/18 Toronto, ON - North by Northeast
6/19 Montreal, QC - Green Room
6/25 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery