Animal Collective Open Up About "Rock Band"-Focused 'Centipede Hz'
Published May 15, 2012Over the weekend (May 13), beloved art-pop experimentalists Animal Collective announced plans to release their latest full-length, the peculiarly titled Centipede Hz, in September through Domino Records. Now, the band have spoken out about the creation of the album and hinted at what we can expect from the tunes.
Interviewed by BBC Radio 1 [via NME], Geologist (aka Brian Weitz) said that the album was recorded as a group in Baltimore.
"The last few records we've written apart and by sending each other stuff," Weitz explained. "This time we all wanted to write in the same room together. We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh [Dibb, aka Deakin]'s mom's property and it was like being a garage band again."
The fact that the sessions took place at Deakin's mom's house confirms that he's back working with the band after sitting out 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion. (He rejoined the live lineup a year or so ago.) More evidence of Deakin's return can also be seen in the new press photo above, which features the musician.
According to Geologist, the new LP promises to be a big departure from that past LP.
"Merriweather Post Pavilion was a very sample-heavy record, we made it piece by piece in the studio, we constructed it. This one we wrote as a rock band in a room and we wanted to record it that way."
Of course, we're guessing that Animal Collective have very different standards as to what constitutes a "rock band" from most people. If "Honeycomb" and "Gotham" from the band's upcoming seven-inch are any indication, Centipede Hz promises to be another sonically adventurous effort from Animal Collective (although neither song appears on the LP).
Watch the recently unveiled trailer for the album below.