Animal Collective @ Henry Fonda 2/26/09
On Thursday night at the Henry Fonda Musicbox Theater, Animal Collective played to a sold out audience in support of their recent release, Merriweather Post Pavilion. The concert was a rescheduled performance for a previous postponed date in the month.
Thursday’s ecstatic set proved that the band -- Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz) -- were in rare and fit form. Opening with the velvety textured “In the Flowers,” the band, immersed in purple mist and blue light, unraveled sinuous melodic lines and bucolic blips. On the beatific “My Girls,” Panda Bear and Avery Tare laid down the harmonic foundations with their intertwining celestial singing while the Geologist, wearing a headlamp, dropped seismic bass beats that shook the floor. Building the layers, loops and textures, the New York-based lads brought the audience to honeyed horizons - arms raised high, heads and bodies bobbing, all atoms ablaze in the shimmering colored lights.