Senior Year, 2006-'07: Bands & Animals
Sure, naming your band after an animal is nothing new or original, but somewhere during the middle of the first decade of the 21st century, anyone claiming to be "indie" seemed to especially relate to species of the mostly untamed kind.
Maybe it was a reaction to the rise of digital consumption: Transforming into something more animalistic, even if just by name, could at least give the impression that you were rawer, realer, more in touch with your primal side. Or maybe it could just be that whole jump-on-the-Internet-meme thing. Either way, the animal kingdom suddenly topped the hip scale. And if you were an indie fan, heck, it may have even come in handy during the taxonomy section of biology class.
During this time, wolves were particularly popular beasts (Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, Sea Wolf, Wolf Eyes, TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me"), but so were horses (Band of Horses, Horse the Band, Horse Feathers, The Ponys) and deer (Deerhunter, Deer Tick, Deerhoof). Avian types were also flying high: Pelican, Shearwater, Andrew Bird, Eagles of Death Metal, Doves, Department of Eagles. And of course, don't forget Animal Collective. But that's just the tip of it. Explore the great diversity of the Indie Animal Kingdom here with our rather zoologically comprehensive playlist.