Avey Tare

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Avey Tare
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Portner performing with Animal Collective in 2008
Background information
Birth name David Michael Portner[1]
Born (1979-04-24) April 24, 1979 (age 37)
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion, Sampler, Drum Machine, Sequencer, Autoharp
Years active 1995–present
Labels Paw Tracks, FatCat Records, Domino Records, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, UAAR,
Associated acts Animal Collective, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Panda Bear, Terrestrial Tones
Website entertheslasherhouse.com

David Michael Portner (April 24, 1979), also known by his moniker Avey Tare, is a musician, songwriter, and co-founding member of the American experimental pop band Animal Collective. As of 2012, Portner resides in Los Angeles, California.[2] He has released one solo album, Down There (2010), as well as numerous collaborative albums with Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), all of which were later retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography.

Animal Collective[edit]

With Animal Collective, 2013

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).[full citation needed]

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".[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] For the band's Centipede Hz, Tare confirmed that the album has eight songs penned by him.[2]

Other musical projects[edit]

Live with Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks at FYF Fest, 2014

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 ex-Ponytail drummer, Jeremy Hyman. Avey Tare describes 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 came out internationally on April 7, 2014 and a supporting west-coast tour was announced soon after the album's release.[5] 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. [6]

Personal life[edit]

Tare's sister is Abby Portner, New York City artist and experimental musician, who creates some of Animal Collective's artwork and stage design.[7]

From 2006 to 2008, Tare was married to musician Kría Brekkan.[8][9] Afterwards he was in a relationship with Angel Deradoorian and moved to Los Angeles with her.[10]

In an interview with Brightest Young Things, he revealed that he has synesthesia and associates sound with visuals.[11]


Further information: Animal Collective discography

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
(Avey Tare and Panda Bear)
  • Released: August 2000
  • Label: Animal, FatCat
  • Formats: CD, LP
Danse Manatee
(Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist)
  • Released: July 2001
  • Label: Catsup Plate, FatCat
  • Formats: CD, LP
Pullhair Rubeye
(Avey Tare / Kria Brekkan)
Down There
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Paw Tracks
Enter the Slasher House
(Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks)




  • "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)


With Terrestrial Tones[clarification needed]
  • Blasted (2005, Psych-o-Path records)
  • Oboroed/Circus Lives (2005, UUAR)
  • Dead Drunk (2006, Paw Tracks)


  1. ^ Zisser, David (April 1, 2014). "Guitarist Avey Tare dabbles in Slasher Flicks". The Temple News. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Fitzmaurice, Larry (May 17, 2012). "Update Animal Colletive by Larry Fitzmaurice". Pitchfork.com. 
  3. ^ "Animal Collective's Avey Tare to Release First Solo Album". Pitchfork. 
  4. ^ "Animal Collective's Avey Tare forms Slasher Flicks, announces tour dates - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. 
  5. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/55690-avey-tares-slasher-flicks-announce-tour/
  6. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/54219-video-avey-tares-slasher-flicks-little-fang-starring-a-jim-henson-puppet//
  7. ^ "An Artwork History of Animal Collective via Abby Portner Part One", Field Day London Blog, London, 8 May 2013. Retrieved on 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Kria Brekkan", La Blogotheque, 5 December 2006. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  9. ^ "THE SELF-TITLED INTERVIEW: Avey Tare of Animal Collective", Self-Titled Mag, 19 October 2010. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  10. ^ "ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Deradoorian". Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  11. ^ [1], Brightest Young Things, 23 July 2014. Retrieved on 6 September 2014.