Set directly in the middle of the stage was a stand covered in wires. It was shrouded in darkness as a crowd swayed to the Velvet Underground and waited patiently for someone to come do something with this stand. Teasing the crowd, Panda Bear’s Noah Lennox momentarily approached his equipment to test the vocals and, as fast as he arrived, he left. It would be another ten minutes before he returned and performed a blended set of noise and melody.
Panda Bear’s upcoming album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, has no official release date yet, but the crowd was treated to what is expected to be the new album. Dark and sophisticated at points with haunting vocals, Lennox incorporated what Panda Bear and Animal Collective fans have grown to expect. His set was also accompanied by a masterful video of exotic psychedelia. Kicking off the night was non-linear psych band Blues Control, who, if you have patience, might be your new favorite band.
Words and photos by Austin Pulliam.