Panda Bear at First Ave Poster
5/01 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
5/02 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
5/04 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
5/05 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
5/06 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
5/07 Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
5/09 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle *
5/10 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
* w/ Geologist as special guest
Local DJ Matthew St-Germain played music after doors opened to keep the crowd entertained while they waited for the show to start. Matthew St-Germain is the founder of Freedom From Records, and he demonstrated his love for the weird, loud crashes, spacey rock music on his DJ set. What I liked about St-Germain is that he actually uses vinyl records, instead of a laptop.... which only made sense, considering that Freedom From mostly release music on cassettes and vinyl.
Going on stage a little later than listed, was Geologist, also a founding member of Animal Collective. Geologist (real name Brian Weitz), with his electronic sound and weird middle eastern samples (all instrumentals) is a little different than Animal Collective, so you can see why he decided to strike out on his own.
Admittedly, watching a shadowy figure with a flashlight on his head on stage probably isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but the fans dancing on the floor didn’t seem to mind it.
In contrast, Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) had three screens, giving us a little distractions and visual entertainment while he plays his songs. You can tell from the performance and how comfortable he was on stage, that he’s been doing this live setup for a while now.
Already with five solo albums and a recent new EP A Day With The Homies (the first Panda Bear release since 2015’s Crosswords EP), Panda Bear had plenty of back catalog songs to play and didn’t have to rely on any Animal Collective songs.
Of the new songs on his setlist, “Flight” (which was played early) and “Sunset” (which was played much later) feels like, at least lyrically, that they were the same song. In fact, Lennox admitted that he did break up his lyrics and “did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks”.
A Day With The Homies is out now, Panda Bear continues his tour.
DJ Matthew St-Germain
Panda Bear at First Avenue, Minneapolis (29 April 2018)