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Animal Collective Biography

Avey Tare
Avey Tare is Dave Portner of Animal Collective and Kria Brekkan is Kristin Anna Valtysdottir formerly of the band múm. The two met a few years back and started playing music together in the summer of 2005. Recently they married and now live together in New York City.
Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan recorded their debut collaboration "Pullhair Rubeye" with guitars and piano on an eight track in their practice space in Brooklyn. Then they traveled to upstate New York where the record was mixed down onto a two track borrowed from a friend who bought it at a garage sale for a dollar. Just as the two were completing the mix, the two track broke down and Avey and Kria didn't hear the mixes until two months later when they obtained another two track. After this short vacation, they were surprised by the sounds they had made.
Regardless of HOW they made their sounds, Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan's "Pullhair Rubeye" is a motley collection of fun and somber songs. Some of the tracks are instrumental, textured, and trancelike. They sound like they could come from another world. Other songs are lyrically based, calmer, more introspective. These sound like direct transmissions from within.

Josh Dibb began writing and recording music with childhood friend Noah Lennox in 1991. While at The Park School in Baltimore, Josh met David Portner and Brian Weitz when they asked him to join their band, Automine. Josh introduced Noah to Dave and Brian and over the next few years the four spent time playing music together and sharing tapes of music they made individually.

Geologist attended the Park School of Baltimore where he met future Animal Collective band mates David Portner and Josh Dibb. Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin first started an indie-rock band called Automine with two other schoolmates. Deakin introduced his childhood friend Noah Lennox to Avey Tare and Geologist. Throughout their high school years and winter/summer college breaks, the four of them played music in different variations and often solo, swapping homemade recordings and sharing ideas.

Panda Bear
Instinctively nomadic and musically inquisitive, Panda Bear (Noah) has always been searching the land for inspiration and meaning. As a teenager in his hometown of Baltimore , Panda Bear created his first solo record, the long out-of-print, first (and last) album on his and Deakin's (Joshmin) Soccer Star Records. Panda then made his way to University in Boston . Trouble and crazy things happened so he came down to New York at the turn of the millennium to congregate with his recently-convened Animal brethren (Avey Tare, Geologist, and Deakin). Animal Collective was born again.
When not working on Animal Collective material, Panda Bear creates lots of music by himself and with Scotty Mou (DJ Casio - Queens ) in Jane. He also makes jams with the other animal bros and Rusty Santos for fashion shows as Together. Never sticking with any particular sound, Panda's range goes from the quiet humble jams of Young Prayer to the electronic pop of Person Pitch. Panda Bear currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Statement from Animal Collective

Hey AC fans,

Due to illness...

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