Animal Collective release live albums to fight North Carolina anti-LGBTQ law

Animal Collective release live albums to fight North Carolina anti-LGBTQ law
Cover art for Live at The Ritz April 13, 2016

While bands and musicians like Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr have recently cancelled shows in North Carolina in protest of the HB2 law currently in effect, Animal Collective elected to play a recent show in Asheville and voice their political opinion by adding more, not less, live music into the debate by offering up two recent live recordings on their Bandcamp page and giving all the proceeds from those sales to Progress NC, who are fighting the good fight every day in North Carolina.

If you love Animal Collective and/or hate HB2, get along to Animal Collective’s Bandcamp page and download their March 9, 2016 Los Angeles show and/or their April 13, 2016 Manchester, UK show.

You can read a full statement from the band below.

Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress NC, who we were introduced to by NC Needs You (ncneedsyou.com). They (progressnc.org) are an organization “dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government”. Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.

This year, we’ve been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a “pay what you want” model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at The Fonda in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK please visit anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com and donate what you’d like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!

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