After a sabbatical that saw him miss Animal Collective’s biggest crossover to date via Merriweather Post Pavilion, Josh “Deakin” Dibbs has officially returned to the fold, according to P4K. By ATP 2009 the band was hinting that his time away was coming to an end, and this year he could be seen everywhere Animal Collective was, including that weird thing at the Guggenheim or that day DJing the MoMA WarmUp in Long Island City’s PS1 (pictured above) and random bars around CMJ with Avey and Geologist. (In fact, it was Noah that was conspicuously absent from those band outings, though it’s more likely he was busy being a Tomboy/living in Portugal than sewing the seeds of sabbatical himself. Unless you guys want to start rumors, then, by all means: Dude’s totally bailing on the band.)
For now Deakin’s continuing his first year of solo shows, with a gig 12/10 at Manhattan’s New Museum (Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks affiliates Prince Rama open) before fastening himself to the Collective during Primavera Sound in Barcelona (May 25-29) and ATP Minehead in the UK (May 13-15). Welcome back buddy.
[Photo by Bek Andersen]