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[Music] Every Avenue – Shh. Just Go with It

1. Days Of The Old
2. This One’s A Cheap Shot
3. Where Were You?
4. Think Of You Later (Empty Room)
5. A Story To Tell Your Friends
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Take A Step Back
8. Trading Heartbeats
9. Freak Out!
10. Between You And I
11. Chasing The Night

There are also two bonus tracks included in some releases. I added them for download at the end of the post.

12. Fame And (Mis) Fortune
13. The Hell Back Home

One sunny day of november or december (it was summer on this side of the world) I downloaded a song from Mark’s blog called “Where Were You” by an unknown band called Every Avenue. He had uploaded it to his blog so all the subscribers would get it.

After a few listens it kept growing and I needed more. Luckily I stumbled upon their “AH! EP”

After years of almost getting to hate the direction the genre was taking with bands such as Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, finally I got to know a new band that’s actually pretty good at what they do, staying close to that sound that I always enjoyed from old school blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day. Not that they will become the next best thing (although they do have the potential), but it’s just so pleasant to know that a certain type of music hasn’t died.

Excerpts from the review on Can you see the sunset from the southside?

This band should be huge. Seriously. Not with late-twentysomethings with a two year old kid like myself but (rather) with the teenage MTV crowd. Let me explain. First, Every Avenue sounds almost exactly like a cross between Fall Out Boy and Cartel. On their latest album Shh. Just Go With It, Every Avenue churns out catchy and mid-tempo peppy, poppy, punk-ish rock music that is safe and polished enough to have mainstream appeal. It is a little too vanilla for my tastes, but that is why it should be huge.

Therein lies the problem. Every Avenue is actually good. Despite the overstyled press photo you get when you open up the CD (which is evidently what kids look like these days), the band has talent. Maybe the studio has been kind to them, or maybe I’m a sucker for pseudo-pop-punk hooks, but the band is tight, on point, and ultra-melodic. The record’s thick and crystal-clear production make it sound like a million bucks; I mean, this is how big rock records are supposed to sound.

Every Avenue is better than so many other neo-pop-punk bands out there (see my review of The Frantic here).

Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Shh, Just Go with It
Label: Fearless Records
Playtime: 35:38 min
Genre: Pop-Punk
Released: February 19th, 2008
Quality: 224 kbps avg / VBR / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Buy: Fearless Records | Amazon
Download: MediaFire (56.79 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website

Bonus Tracks

Download: MediaFire (9.19 MiB)
Quality: 198kbps avg / LAME v3.97 -V2 –vbr-new
Playtime: 6:28 min

Rating: 8.5/10

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Every Avenue – Where Were You?

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Every Avenue – Days of the Old

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Every Avenue – Take a Step Back

I’ve been listening to them for almost 4 months now and I absolutely love them. They made me go back to the pop-punk kind of music that I grew with (listening to some unknown band called blink-182)

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[Music] I Voted for Kodos – My New Obsession

01. Turn The Radio On
02. Never Go Home
03. Friday Night Lights Out
04. These Scars Won’t Heal Themselves
05. Radio Love Song
06. Please Die In A Fire
07. You’re My Favorite
08. Wishful Thinking In Fourth Period
09. Sherrie’s Song
10. Three Days ’til Rome
11. Perfecting The Art Of Persuasion

Apparently there are also 3 bonus tracks that I can’t find anywhere, so if anyone knows something please let me know.

12. Turn It Up
13. Good Riddance
14. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

They were founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999, after singer-trombonist Rick Bisenius met guitarist Chris Holoyda at a Reel Big Fish concert. They began playing together when the members were in high school/college. After a guest show at Battle of the Bands in Plattevile, WI, they quickly became one of the best ska bands known to mankind. Their name comes from an episode of The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror VII”, in which Homer Simpson says, “Don’t blame me—I voted for Kodos.” [watch it here] Although known for their tongue-in-cheek material (they have noted that celery is the band’s official vegetable), their song lyrics have also tackled serious issues such as murder and teenage depression. Their first album, Close Enough for Ska, is considered the success story of a small independent record label, Close to Nothing, which was founded by three teenagers.

The band members would begin shows with informal instruction on how to skank so that the audience would appreciate the style of dance associated with ska music. They toured nationally in 2004, and placed number 7 in PureVolume’s top ten unsigned bands in the US. The band played the 2004–2006 Vans Warped Tours, and music critic Joe Lynch described their 2006 performance as “freewheeling and energetic”. During a separate national tour in early 2006, one music journalist wrote that the band “uses a hot horn section, plenty of guitar and on-the-mark lyrics to fuel a high-energy show.”

The band stopped working together in 2007, although Bisenius and Holyda continued to collaborate on a new band, Firefight, and Bisenius began a solo project, The Faster We Fall.

Artist: I Voted for Kodos
Album: My New Obsession
Label: Snapdragon
Playtime: 34:59 min
Genre: Ska/Pop-Punk
Released: March 17, 2006
Size: 63.78 MiB
Quality: 320 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Download: MediaFire (64 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website
Rating: 7/10 (may change in time)
Sample:

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I’m posting it so you can discover (or rediscover) this band while I’m getting to know them.

Do you like the way they sound? What are your favorite songs?

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