Animal Collective: ‘We wrote our new album as a rock band’

Electro pioneers say they're going 'to back to their roots' on 'Centipede Hz'

Animal Collective have spoken about the making of their new album ‘Centipede Hz’ and revealed that they wrote their new record “as a rock band in a room”.

The Baltimore electro-psychedelic band will release the album, which is the 10th LP of their career, in September via Domino Records.

‘Centipede Hz’ is the band’s first full-length studio album since their 2009 effort ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ and follows the release in 2010 of the band’s “visual album” ‘ODDSAC’.


Speaking on BBC Radio 1 last night (May 14), Brian Weitz said that the band had “gone back to their roots” on the new record and moved away from the sample-heavy direction of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’.

Asked how it differed from their previous albums, Weitz said: “We all moved back to Baltimore, the last few records we’ve written apart and by sending each other stuff. 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’s [Dibb – fellow band member] mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”

He continued: “‘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.”

Weitz then said that the band had enjoyed all the success that their previous effort had brought with it, but that he wasn’t sure if he and his bandmates would be comfortable if Animal Collective got any more high profile.

He said of this: “The reaction to ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ wasn’t out of hand, but as the shows and festivals got bigger and we got media attention, that was something we’ll have to come to grips with. I don’t know we’d be comfortable getting any bigger than that. It wasn’t a burden though.”

Animal Collective will precede the release of their new album with a two-track single next month. The tracks, which are titled ‘Gotham’ and ‘Honeycomb’, will be released on June 26 via digital download and on 7” vinyl. It is unknown whether either track will feature on ‘Centipede Hz’, but you can hear them both by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.


You can watch the video for the band’s previous single ‘My Girls’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.