As the remnants of summer begin to trickle away slowly, fans packed the Knitting Factory on a cool September evening to welcome Animal Collective to Boise. The experimental psychedelic band out of Baltimore, Maryland lit up the all ages show with an array of stunning aesthetics and appealing sounds. It was a treat for fans looking to be stimulated both in a visual and audio sense.
From the second level of the venue, a sea of glow sticks and waving hands swayed in sync with the crowd’s voracious appetite for Animal Collective’s experimental rhythms and cut to the core lyrics.
Courtney Sorenson, Boise State alumni spoke of the atmosphere and visuals, “I felt like I was watching a concert through a kaleidoscope, one of the ones I used to look at as a little kid. I loved how they made delivered a show that combined both artist elements as well as music.”
These artistic elements consisted of en extravagant light show, with giant white elastic coverings over the stage’s lights. Through those elastic coverings, cartoon films and images were cycled through as if to correlate with the mood of each passing song. Color schemes and impassioned vocals rounded out the whole of the performance as the audience sang along with every song, concluding in a rousing ovation.
Sara Harrington, former Boise State student, described the scene, “I loved everything about the show. I would have liked to see the crowd get even more into it but Animal Collective did a great job of keeping up the atmosphere and tempo with all they did visually. I missed them when they had to cancel their show at Treefort (Music Festival) so I am glad that they came back through Boise.”