Avey Tare

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Avey Tare
Avey Tare (David Portner).jpg
Live in September 2007
Background information
Born (1979-04-24) April 24, 1979 (age 35)
Genres Experimental Rock
Electronic
Psychedelic Rock
Folk
Freak Folk
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion, Sampler, Drum Machine
Years active 2000–present
Labels Paw Tracks, FatCat Records, Domino Records, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR,
Associated acts Animal Collective, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Terrestrial Tones
Website entertheslasherhouse.com

Avey Tare (born David Michael Portner[1], April 24, 1979) is an experimental musician and founding member of Animal Collective currently residing in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Animal Collective[edit]

Avey Tare met Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Geologist (Brian Weitz) in high school. For years, the four of them swapped homemade recordings, shared musical ideas and performed in different group configurations. Avey Tare recorded the Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished album with Panda Bear, and initially released the recording on the band's own Animal label in 2000. The album is commonly referred to as the first official Animal Collective release, with Tare writing the music and Panda Bear providing the 'perfect percussion' (as cited in the album's credits).

After high school, Avey Tare and Geologist moved to New York City to attend New York University and Columbia University, respectively. Panda Bear and Deakin eventually moved to New York City, and the band became more collaborative in nature. They finally settled on the name "Animal Collective". Although the band's output is, as their name suggests, a collaborative effort, with no typical 'frontman,' Avey Tare has been cited by the other members as being the 'primary songwriter' and de facto leader of the group. On the releases after 'Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished', which was written entirely by Tare, he has written at least half of the material, and for the albums 'Feels', 'Strawberry Jam' and 'Merriweather Post Pavilion', contributed around three quarters of the songs that made it onto the album. For the band's latest release, Centipede Hz, Tare confirmed that the album has eight songs penned by him.[2]

Other musical projects[edit]

Avey Tare's other projects and releases include Terrestrial Tones with Eric Copeland of Black Dice, a split 12" with David Grubbs, and an LP with his then-wife Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) called Pullhair Rubeye. He released his debut solo album "Down There" on October 26, 2010.[3]

In April, 2013, it was announced that Avey Tare had formed the group Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks along with Angel Deradoorian, former member of Dirty Projectors, and Ponytail-drummer, Jeremy Hyman. They are currently set to tour in the US and UK in June, 2013. Avey Tare described the band as "[a] group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013s rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band making..."[4] Their debut album Enter the Slasher House comes out internationally on April 7. Ahead of the album they released a video for ‘Little Fang’ directed by Avey Tare’s sister and featuring a puppet created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop with horror movie imagery...."[5]

Personal life[edit]

His sister is Abby Portner, New York City artist and experimental musician, who creates some of Animal Collective's artwork and stage design.[6]

From 2006 to 2008, Tare was married to musician Kría Brekkan.[7][8] He is currently in a relationship with Slasher Flicks member Angel Deradoorian.[9]

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Splits[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • "Judy Biworker" on the sampler Esopus CD #4: Imaginary Friends (Spring 2005)
  • "I'm Your Eagle Kisser" on the compilation Living Bridge (February 26, 2008, Rare Book Room Records)
  • "Call Home (Buy Grapes)" on the cassette tape Keep + Animal Collective (March 2011, Keep)

Discography with Animal Collective[edit]

Avey with Animal Collective in October 2013

Albums[edit]

Discography with Terrestrial Tones[edit]

  • Blasted (2005, Psych-o-Path records)
  • Oboroed/Circus Lives (2005, UUAR)
  • Dead Drunk (2006, Paw Tracks)

Discography with Kría Brekkan[edit]

References[edit]