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  • [quote="accoinstereo"] It was fucking awesome. The statement they were making was so bold, the gusto of their setlist so ballsy--yet, not so much pretentious as simply true-to-self: "You put us on the mainstage in between two of the larger draws of the festival. We'd do good for our image and likely grow our fanbase in numbers if we roll through our last two releases or greatest hits. But we're fucking Animal Collective, and that's not who we are or what we do. This one's for us and for our fans, as every one has always and forever will be." For a band that morphs and evolves its sound as organically and dramatically as the psychedellic visuals at its shows, it is a sign of utmost direction and persistence to see them maintain these core values. It lends me confidence amongst a growing sea of artists that accomplish anything but. [/quote] THIS THIS THIS. This is exactly what I was thinking after their set, only more eloquently (I just whispered to my friend, "they wowee zowee'd it"). It has completely renewed my love for AC. I was pretty dern close for AC's set, and I loved every minute of it. I didn't listen to the boots, although I did read the setlists (although I wish I didn't cause the 4 old songs they played would've made me nut even harder than I already was, if I were not expecting them). I could tell A LOT of people were there to be close to arcade fire. Which I don't really have a problem with, everyone does that at festivals. But some people around me were SITTING DOWN. at the FRONT OF THE CROWD. and looking at me dancing and enjoying it like i was crazy. It struck me as really funny because AC was just doing what they've always done: playing new material before they release an album. They weren't exactly the ones being risky. It was the people who put AC on that stage in that time slot who were being risky <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/razz.gif" alt=":P" title="razz" /><!-- s:P --> seriously though, I commend AC for doing whatever they want in a completely unpretentious way time and time again. I adore that about them. Before they started, I seriously just wanted to yell "THEY WON'T PLAY MY GIRLS, GO AWAY" so I could get closer. During we tigers I wanted to mosh and slam into people. I have never felt like that before. xD Being completely honest, I think I enjoyed AF's set more, just because I wasn't familiar with the new AC stuff (it's just hard for me to get into things on the first listen, like a lot of people) but seeing my two favorite bands ever play right after another was incredible.
  • Thanks for sharing your experience, accoinstereo. It's too bad you weren't able to enjoy it in the presence of other AC fans, but I'm sure it was amazing nonetheless. I'm glad AC play what they want to play. They already toured MPP, now it's time for new material. Followers of the band realize this. However, a festival setting is not the ideal place to run into large numbers of true fans. If I remember correctly, AC don't particularly enjoy playing festivals. As for Mumford and Sons- hate em. I cannot for the life of me see the appeal of this band. 1. They are not original 2. They aren't even folk. It's like a folk-wannabe boy band. Way too polished. 3. Can't stand the singer's accent 4. I keep seeing Mumford and Sons statuses and wall posts weekly on facebook and it's getting annoying. Mostly from preppy girls with shitty taste in music. I know I'm being a bitter hipster, and I apologize. Which is why I'll add, music is totally subjective and people can like what they want. I'm not one to say what others should listen to. But my point was that I can definitely see the Mumford and Sons crowd not understanding Animal Collective in the least bit. If I was making the schedule I would not have put AC before Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire. And shinsy, [quote]Before they started, I seriously just wanted to yell "THEY WON'T PLAY MY GIRLS, GO AWAY" so I could get closer.[/quote] this made me laugh.
  • They were actually after Mumford. I don't understand why people like/dislike them so much xD I am incredibly neutral. thanks xD wish I actually did it.
  • I love a good experience report, and there's two of them! It's always nice to hear that the band is simply playing what they want to play.
  • [quote="dantheman7480"] As for Mumford and Sons- hate em. I cannot for the life of me see the appeal of this band. 1. They are not original 2. They aren't even folk. It's like a folk-wannabe boy band. Way too polished. 3. Can't stand the singer's accent 4. I keep seeing Mumford and Sons statuses and wall posts weekly on facebook and it's getting annoying. Mostly from preppy girls with shitty taste in music. [/quote] This. Completely agree. Wow, it was great to read your opinions of the concert! Especially after I've read several reviews by people who have no idea what Animal Collective is all about. I think its hilarious that AC refuses to play stuff like My Girls just because its popular. They do what they want when they want to, which is another reason to love them. They were kinda thrust into the mainstream appeal I guess with Merriweather and now it looks as if they're continuing like nothing has changed. Their sound is more tribal and wild, like the good ol' days.
  • I am LOVING this! Moondog, could you possibly send some linkage of said interviews? I'm so happy that selling out is not an option for these sah boys.
  • fuck mumford and sons. i think they just didn't play my girls because there is no reason for it and that isn't why you go to an anco concert. they don't come out to play their "hits" i can imagine how lame it would be to be around people like that! at the arcade fire i went to a bit ago i was appalled by the amount of people just standing still, seemingly knowing barely any songs. just wanted to get into the grammy hype
  • Nah Dave when I meant examples I meant like links to actual vids so I can look at them to try see what you mean.
  • Sorry for late reply been away over Easter/ANZAC weekend.
  • A New Zealand Animal Collective? now i've seen every thing!
  • I get so ridiculously sick of the average concert-goer who expects a band to play songs that a) came out years ago, b) hit the big time but only because the band sold out for that particular song, c) are the only songs that vast numbers of people have probably heard of (AKA My Girls), or d) expect a band to perform a set EXACTLY the way it was recorded. My question is: why not save yourself the cost of a ticket and sit at home on your ass and listen to the album if that's all you want to hear? It really pisses me off when bands avoid playing the less popular songs that actual hard-core fans would like and concentrate on appealing to the masses. Frig that! I didn't buy a ticket to hear the #1 hit from 20 years ago!
  • I agree with you, but don't let it get you down; it's only assholes learning.
  • I don't like shows that much because I have a low threshold for stimulation. I get overwhelmed. I think a lot of people do, maybe that's one reason why people drink so much at shows. I mean, besides that people like to drink. It dulls everything. Which is helpful for me. But then, it dulls everything! So it isn't worth it. I now have one more post than G.O.
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  • [quote="Dave"]. A lot of people, musicians included, don't like performing. Who can blame them? It's very intense to be in that atmosphere.[/quote] Isn't part of being a musician performing?
  • baby gong!
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