Drawing from synth new wave bands of the 80s and modern post-rock bands THE AVENUE’S anticipated new EP, ‘NAMES’, jumps out of the speakers with all the ferocity of a panther, pouncing on the listener, demanding their attention. But it’s those insanely catchy melodies delivered by emotive lead singer Sam Thomas, that really hook you in. Reminiscent of The 1975 and The Cure with dream pop and modern pop influences such as The XX and Chvches. The band have quickly gained a reputation for catchy pop numbers that have serious weight behind them.
We caught up with The Avenue to talk to them about all things Syth and their Top Ten Syth Records.
The Avenue’s top 10 synth records
1999: Prince – This is literally the first album I ever bought with my own money when I was like 5 years old. In my opinion it’s one of the best albums of all time.
Power, Corruption & Lies: New Order – This is essential. Every bedroom producer should be thankful for this album’s pioneering use of midi and sequencing.
Hats: The Blue Nile: I’ve only ever met one person in my entire life that’s ever heard of this band, but their 1989 album Hats is an absolute masterpiece. They were a semi-underground new wave band from Scotland and I somehow managed to come across avinyl copy of this album, and it changed the whole way I look atstructuring a song and creating an emotional environment throughout a piece of music.
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks: Brian Eno – Somewhat of a weird choice to place in the ‘synth album’ category but this album is pretty much exclusively pads and soft leads. Brian Eno is a genius.
22, A Million: Bon Iver – Is this a synth album? I don’t know but it has synths on it and it’s fucking good.
Violator: Depeche Mode – This is a pretty obvious one. A classic synth album which used sounds still relevant today.
Art Angels: Grimes – Most of the sounds on this album could be considered synth or computer generated. I really like this album because of the intense and unrelenting freedom it encapsulates. It seems like Grimes really did do whatever she wanted on this album and managed to create a commercially successful record while being a truly strange individual musically.
Speak for Yourself: Imogen Heap – I really have no idea what the rest of the world thinks of Imogen Heap or how she’s viewed stylistically by people in the music scene. But the delicacy and vulnerability of this albums sound is really interesting and unique. I heard ‘Hide and Seek’ when I was like 15 and instantly became obsessed with that song. It really helped me realise the potential of creating the music that you hear in your own head,without any self-inflicted inhibitions based on feelings of insecurity.
Ocean Eyes: Owl City – This is quite embarrassing but I’ve loved this album for years.
新しい日の誕生: 2814 – I just looked it up on google translator and apparently this is Japanese for “birth of a new day”. There was a point in time when I would listen to this album every single day. I found it on a bandcamp account dedicated to uploading underground vaporwave artists.
‘ NAMES’ EP TOUR
Saturday February 24th Vic on the Park Sydney
Monday February 26th Evelyn Hotel Melbourne (supporting Jones the Cat)
Saturday March 3rd Ric’s Bar Brisbane
w/ Everchanging, Video Avenue, Waken Phoenix
Saturday March 10th – Evelyn Hotel Melbourne – *OFFICIAL LAUNCH*
w/ Everchanging and Kat Eddy Trio