Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal Collective

The members of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks don't look quite this scary when you see them live. for starters, they don't wear masks. "We thought about it," says David Portner, right, "but it's just such physical music that it wouldn't make sense." They play July 22nd at Johnny Brenda's in Philly.
The members of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks don’t look quite this scary when you see them live. for starters, they don’t wear masks. “We thought about it,” says David Portner, right, “but it’s just such physical music that it wouldn’t make sense.” They play July 22nd at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly.

Believe it or not, the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here may have made the most accessible music of his career. That’s David Portner on the right, rising up in a pool of blood and wielding a knife. For the past 14 years he has been known to the world as Avey Tare, one fourth of Animal Collective, arguably indie rock’s most experimental success story.

But with his new project, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, he has touched upon something closer to pop music than ever. Unlike Animal Collective’s winding, wandering circular jams, the songs on “Enter The Slasher House” are concise structured little bursts of psychedelia.

“Accessible, for me became almost like a dirty word,” says Portner of his experience in Animal Collective, which is still very much a going concern for him. “It seems weird to think about, especially if you’re basing decisions on accessibility.”

As ever though, he doesn’t seem to have based his decisions on accessibility, as much as the accessibility is just a product of working with different musicians: Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors and Jeremy Hyman of the band Ponytail.

There is still enough weirdness with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks that you’re not likely to hear the band on the top 40 (see aforementioned photo of the masked trio in a literal pool of blood.) And the live performance involves a spooky montage of cartoons and muppets projected onto a pile of skulls. So there’s that.

“We’re all into visual art,” says Portner of he and his fellow Slashers. “Once I start making a piece of music, the visual element is there and it will always be attached to whatever that music is for me.”

Ken Burns and Slasher Flicks
Portner says although the songs of Slasher Flicks do share a campy element with actual slasher flicks, that isn’t necessarily the type of film that the band members were watching during downtime in the recording process.

“We watched a lot more Ken Burns’ ‘Jazz,’ actually,” says Portner. “But I watch a lot of horror films around the house – Angel and I live together – and I think I’m the biggest fan of that stuff more than they are.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…