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’ 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.
Avey Tare’s other projects and releases include Terrestrial Tones with Eric Copeland of Black Dice, a split 12“ with David Grubbs, and a 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.
His sister is Abby Portner, New York City artist and musician, who creates some of Animal Collective’s artwork.
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