CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

June 2004

The Avenues

Thought we'd try something a bit different and get Half A Cow recording artists Sneeze to review the most recent Demo Of The Week whilst the band travelled down the Hume Highway on their way to some Melbourne shows. A tape of The Avenues cd is put in the Tarago's sometimes-trusty cassette deck and the band sit back at take it all in. But they have just arrived in Submarine Capital Of The World - Holbrook - for their regular and comforting stop at the local bakery ("best custard tarts in the world," announces Simon). To get Sneeze in the right frame of mind to review The Avenues, they decide to review their purchases. Lucy (roadie): "My apple turnover wasn't very good." Chris (merch guy): "I had an apricot & ginger slice. It was delicious. The cake part was light and fluffy, with big juicy chunks of fruit - splendid value. But be warned if you were after the last custard tart, as Simon won't be very happy if he doesn't get it." Nic (who got the second last one): "Fantastic custard tart." avenues

Stomachs happy. Onto The Avenues. Well-recorded, tough and melodic indie-rock blasts out of the speakers whilst Simon drives along, listening intently to the first track (there was no bio or cover with the cd that was sent so Sneeze didn't know the names of the songs or where the band was from) . After a bit of thinking, Simon says, "You know who this band reminds me of? The Smithereens." "Gee, didn't expect you'd say that," replies Nic, "but it has a very catchy chorus. The harmonies are reminiscent of the Vines." "Sort of Posies-esqe guitars," Simon adds, "and the lyrics of the first song were really good." "Nic and Simon are copping out here by playing a game of 'sound-a-like'," chimes in Lucy, "They (the Avenues) seem assured." Simon: "I detect dashes of other bands, but they have given it their own original stamp which points to a promising future if they rise above their influences and don't get trapped by them." Chris: "Good to see them going to the trouble of coming up with a hook for the first song - it tricks the listener into having a first impression that the rest of the demo is going to be on the same level. Whereas it continues to have a similar attention to production (good separation on the different players, beefing up the vocals with multi-tracking) but not so much in the catchy melody parts." Hmmm, Chris is pretty tough on this weeks DOTW. Nic: "The recording quality sounds very good on the ballad." One track gets the attention of You Am I Ticket Holder #1, Tom, who has been asleep in the back. "You Am I rhythms infused with some Russell Hopkinson swing in the drum beat," was how Simon described it. All in all, the five tracks were given the thumbs up by Sneeze with Simon having the last say: "A far more promising proposition than the current crop of rock revivalists. It's good. I could listen to this again."
postscript: The Avenues hail from Perth and have an EP out through MGM.

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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