Plants and Animals Are Still Our Canadian Psych Rock Heroes
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2016

  • Posted by: Don Saas



Way back in 2012, I went to a lot of shows at Mercury Lounge. I haven't been to the Mercury Lounge since then, but I caught a lot of great sets there back in the day. It might only be a sub-200 person venue, but if you're there on the right evenings, you can have a lot of fun. And one of the really cool sets I caught at Mercury Lounge that year was Canada's Plants & Animals. The Canadian psych-rockers dealt with a typically New York crowd that night (read: rowdy NYU kids) but I had a hell of a lot of fun.

The band is back with a new single, "Stay," that hits all the right psych-pop-rock notes and positions itself somewhere between the acid-tinged folk rock of the Grateful Dead and the exuberant acid-tinged pop of Animal Collective. The band's fourth LP, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is coming out this year, and if the rest of the record captures these psychedelic tones, we'll be ready for more from these veterans.

And be sure to check out our session with Plants & Animals below.


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