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.
Title track ‘NAMES’ is an instrumental sonic onslaught to the senses. Easing you into a Blade Runner world, the bands 80s synth influences shine here. Building in intensity it then leads you into the first vocal track. ‘ALWAYS ALWAYS’ is a downtempo synth ballad sounding more Troy Sivan and Chvches than the post punk. Brooding and swooning it washes over you in waves of synthy clouds. Lead single ‘LOVE’ is more than an indie anthem, more than just about unrequited love, more than just about desire, more than just internal conflict. It has an emotive anchor that ties you down all the while being uplifting, tormenting the listener in the best way possible. ‘LET DOWN’ is a boppy and upbeat number, that you know will be appearing on indie dance floors everywhere soon. And that chorus! If you’re not humming it in the show the next day you’re dead inside. ‘YOU’VE GOT A GRIP ON ME’ ends the EP much like it started with synth soundscapes but this time the vocoder vocals add more pop elements that you wouldn’t initially expect from the Melbourne indie pop outfit. It rounds out a great range of influences that glide in and out of one another to form a cohesive whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.‘NAMES’ showcases the bands undisputable progression and ability to take the post punk attitude of their debut EP and meld it with new influences, ultimately carving out a niche that can not be replicated.
“… are literally like the Australian version of the 1975. Very poppy, but maybe a tad more rocky.”
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED Claire Mooney
“…very tasty indeed. All about the pop rock vibes, keep on smashing it!”
TRIPLE J LIAM STAPLETON
THE AVENUE will be heading out on tour launched their EP Names on the following dates.
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