Panda Bear Tells Us What He's Been Listening To, Confirms New Animal Collective Material
|Panda Bear at the Granada Theater last night.|
Air leaves the room at the thought of "You Can Count On Me" reverberating through a silenced venue. Eyes widen when he takes the stage. But beyond indie mythology, Lennox is pretty a normal dude who is as nice as he is adorable.
With Panda Bear in town last night at the Granada Theater, we got the chance to talk a little music with Lennox before his set. His main point: Having the solo entity on top of Animal Collective is just a way for him to explore new creative things; he loves electronics just as much as he loves drums and guitar, and he likes exploring them all to find out what's "just different" about each.
He dropped some news, too: Animal Collective spent the first part of this year writing songs together; according to Lennox, they should be in the recording studio soon.
Lastly, we asked him what music he's been jamming to of late on his computer. Yes, his computer: The Lisbon-based musician doesn't have a home stereo and believes car rides are for good conversation as opposed to music. He was happy to oblige.
Currently jamming: Iceage, a noise/punk band out of Denmark
"They kind of encompass a lot of different styles, but they're pretty aggressive sounding. Yeah, aggressive is how I would put it."
Draws inspiration from: his wife, his six-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son back in Lisbon, Portugal.
"That may seem like an obvious answer, but [my family life] consumes so much of my time and what I think about that I can't help that it comes out in the creative process ... It gets harder and harder to leave home, especially the first couple days of a tour. It feels like you're tearing yourself off and stressing yourself out, but it also makes it feel so much better when you come home."
Where the two roads meet: No one knows, but somewhere that possibly has less consistent rhythm and more noise
"It's like taste buds; when you're younger you may not like certain things like asparagus or something, but when you get older you do a full 180. I feel like there's been a lot of that in my life as far as music goes -- things that didn't really resonate with me in the past and other things that used to mean a lot to me that don't really now. It's a constantly evolving process. The things I've been thinking about lately are really disjointed. I'm really into inconsistency -- especially inconsistent rhythms. I feel like there is so much music that is kind of like a metronome and constantly the same. I'm trying to make it so my music isn't really transcribed to that."