Animal Collective to record new music later this year

Panda Bear said he's spent a few weeks 'furiously trying to crank out stuff'

Animal Collective are heading back into the studio to record new music.

In an interview with Lauren Laverne on her BBC Radio 6 show today, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox – aka Panda Bear – confirmed that the band will be going into the studio later this year to work on the follow up to 2012’s ‘Centipede Hz’.

“I’ve spent the past five weeks or so furiously trying to crank out stuff, and I’m sure Dave [Portner] is doing the same,” Lennox said. “I’m sure all of the guys are working on stuff. No concrete plans to go into the studio as of yet, no dates or anything, but I think it’s safe to say that some time this year we’ll record.”

Lennox recently released his solo album ‘Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’, the follow up to 2011’s ‘Tomboy’. Peter ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember, the former Spacemen 3 member, also worked on the album.

Meanwhile, speaking previously about Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede Hz’ – which was the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ and followed the release of 2010’s “visual album” ‘ODDSAC’ – band member Brian Weitz said they had “gone back to their roots” on the record and moved away from the sample-heavy direction of their most recent releases.