Here Comes the Indian is the fourth studio album by Baltimore-based band Animal Collective, released on June 17, 2003. This was the first album to bear the name Animal Collective; before, they had simply chosen to credit themselves according to who played on each album.
Here Comes the Indian is the first release on which all four members of the group perform together, although, on their previous release, Campfire Songs, Geologist was present for the recording.
The album was recorded live in three days. Avey Tare played his guitar through an Ibanezdelay rack and Bosspitch shifter/delay pedal to create a doubled, fuller sound, since he was the only one playing guitar at the time. The group also took turns processing sounds through various effects, such as a Roland SH-2 synthesizer and a vocoder. Avey and Panda Bear later recorded the vocals at Avey's house onto MiniDisc, then added them in like electronic sounds along with piano loops that Avey had made. Mixing of the album lasted between three to four days.
In the run-up to the recording session, the members experienced a challenging time. After difficulties on tour and within the band, member Brian Weitz (Geologist) had decided to leave the band for one year to visit graduate school in Arizona. According to him, the recording was "the absolute heart of that darkness ... That’s why the album’s so hectic and chaotic. It was trying to shove all this weird energy into one recording."
An early mix of the album can be found on the internet (although not commercially available). Most of the vocals had not been added yet. The guitar was more prominent, and track order was different, with different transitions between songs.