- Posted on Feb 2nd 2011 12:00PM by Linda Laban
Gary Wolstenholme, Redferns
"I don't have any plans to do SXSW as of yet. It's been a while since we were there. The last time I was there it was a disaster," Panda Bear tells Spinner. That "disaster" he's talking about is clearly fresh in his mind, even though it happened five or so years ago when Animal Collective performed there.
"We've only done one show there ever. It was outside at this ... there was like a bar. For whatever reason I thought it was a good idea to set up my electronics on a bar stool next to where I was drumming. In those days, I used to stand up when I drummed. The stage was one of those bouncy stages and a song or two into it everything fell over and my sampler was totally broken."
Lennox thinks that was back in 2005 when Animal Collective were starting to gain wider notice outside of the psych folk underground. "There were like 500 people at the show. For us, it felt really really big. It still feels big now," says Lennox.
Which brings Lennox to the other reason he's not eager to play SXSW. It's not just the memory of a somewhat disastrous performance and the loss of some gear that haunts Lennox.
"I'm not super big on being at places with thousands of people," he admits. That includes when Animal Collective plays big festivals elsewhere, too. "I usually just stay in a backstage tent or trailer," he says. And do what, hide? "Yep, pretty much."
Panda Bear's 'Tomboy'