Animal Collective Talk Their Very Physical and Visceral Return with 'Centipede Hz'

Animal Collective Talk Their Very Physical and Visceral Return with 'Centipede Hz'
Today, Animal Collective will release their ninth studio album, Centipede Hz. The record is widely anticipated, and considering it marks a few different returns for the band, it should be.

  Perhaps the most notable highlight Centipede Hz has to offer is the return of Josh Dibb (aka Deakin). Sitting out for 2009's landmark Merriweather Post Pavilion, his return helped the four-piece band reconfigure their ever-evolving sound.

"Deakin contributed a fair amount to how dense the music sounds," admits Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) in an Exclaim! interview. "Having another musician, character and group of sounds there in the music helped it feel more full-bodied. I doubt we would have kept going in the direction we did without him. My guess would be that it would be a lot emptier without Josh there."

Deakin's presence helped Animal Collective bring more of a physical presence to the new songs, following Merriweather's most fluid, synth-based approach.

"We were all excited about doing something more physical and performance based," says Lennox. "The last album, we would do shows and I would come off stage without even breaking a sweat. It was all very mental, manipulating sequences of sounds. It was a lot more in the fingers than in the mind. So we wanted to do something more visceral."

Bringing this live band sound to the album also allowed Lennox to get behind the drum kit for the first time in nine years. Judging by the excitement from his voice when asked about he, it was something he's been waiting to do for a long time.

"I was really psyched on that," he says. "The last time was probably Here Comes the Indian, so 2003. I'd played drums, but it was always standing up and a minimal kind of kit. So to sit down and get the full-on experience was really satisfying. Wanting to make this music that was physical and visceral, it was the most immediate way in doing that drumming."

Centipede Hz is out now on Domino, and you can see all the band's upcoming tour stops below. Also, check out more of Exclaim!'s Animal Collective interview here.

Tour dates:

9/18 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
9/19 Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
9/20 Portland, OR - The Crystal Ballroom
9/21 Oakland, CA - The Fox Theatre
9/23 Los Angeles - Hollywood Bowl
9/25  Las Vegas, NV - The House of Blues Los Angeles
9/27 Dallas, TX - The House of Blues
9/28 Austin, TX - The Backyard
9/29 New Orleans, LA - The House of Blues New Orleans
9/30 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10/2 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
10/3  Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
10/5 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
11/1 Utrecht, Netherlands - Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
11/2 Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11/3 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11/4 London, England - Roundhouse
11/6 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11/7 Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow ABC1
11/8 Manchester, England - The Warehouse Project
11/9 Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11/10 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
11/12 Copenhagen, Denmark - CPH: DOX at the National Art Gallery
11/13 Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
11/14 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11/15 Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11/16 Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
11/17 Weissenhauser, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11/18 Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
11/19 Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
11/20 Zürich, Switzerland - X-tra