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Interview with Every Avenue

Every Avenue

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

As you may already know, I’m a big fan of Every Avenue, a pop-punk band from Michigan. As simple (or non-complex) as they sound, they just change my mood. Here’s one of the few interviews I found with them.

I'm a fan of their music, not their looks

4th May 2008

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

Is there a story behind the band name?
It’s band name that has been associated with our singer and myself since 2002. We honestly were too cheap to change our band name when the band changed up in 2004. Basically we didn’t want to pay for a new URL domain name for our website! “Every Avenue” originally came from my brother brainstorming countless band names when I quit my old band. I said something like “I’ve gone down ‘every avenue’ figuring out this band name.”

Please run through a little history of how Every Avenue came to be a band to what you are all about in 2008.
David and I are the only original members left in the band. We started in 2002 with a few other guys and everything fell apart. David played guitar, I played drums, and we had a different lead singer. We kicked our old singer out, who actually is our tour manager now, and asked David if he would try singing. He never sang before, so it was a lot of work. Since then we’ve added Josh, and due to member switch outs, added Jimmie (guitar) and Matt (bass). We’re finally feeling like a complete band.

You’re from a small town in Michigan – how hard did you find it to get noticed, especially bearing in mind the state is sandwiched between some pretty big states in terms of musical history…
Marysville/Port Huron, MI is really not a hotspot as far as the music scene goes. We had to rent halls to play shows. We learned a lot that way though. We had to DIY. We booked our own tours, started recording our own music in our homes. We left Michigan in December 2005 to record with John Naclerio at Nada Recording Studio. That when everything changed. We knew we wanted music to be our future.

How did you get picked up by Fearless? Did you have much label interest? What did you look for, as an unsigned band, in a label?
After we released our 2nd independent EP (‘This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things’), we got some of attention from major and indie labels. Fearless came around not too long after and they were exactly what we were looking for. They are really supportive of their artists. More than a few artists have taken off after signing with Fearless. They are more than we could have asked for. We meet so many artists who are unhappy with their label. It’s sad, because they are responsible for helping your music reach your audience.

You released the EP ‘Ah!’ and then just recently put out the album ‘Shh Just Go With It!’ – what did you learn from the two recording processes?
Be well rehearsed, but not too rehearsed, things change in the studio. That was the case for the full length. With a few songs, especially the b-sides, lots of parts will change. We practically wrote a song while we were recording; it’s just another way to create music.

What led you to re-record Where Were You and Think of You Later and how did the re-recording process work out?
Both of those songs are fan favorites, that made us think that maybe we still have a large audience who haven’t heard these songs yet. So we re-recorded them. These are songs we plan on playing live for a while.

Have you been surprised at the reaction from press/fans since the album came out? It’s had some pretty cool reviews…
There have been some great reviews, and some awful ones. The funny thing is, when you compare the reviews, they contradict each other’s. There is just difference of opinion. We don’t take the reviews seriously. Half the time people who shouldn’t pick up a pen write these reviews.

Did you have any expectations about how well the CD would do? As a band do you set yourself sales targets etc?
Not really, our job is to write and play music. Obviously, we want our CD to end up in the hands of fans. We want our live show to sell our CDs. We’ll hang out at our shows too, maybe with an iPod and introduce our band to kids; it’s a great way to make fans.

You’re obviously a band which has benefited from using the internet to spread the word but do you feel bands in the 21st Century put too much emphasis on working online rather than actually getting in the van and touring?
When we first started, the Internet and local shows were the only way to get our name our there. Bands must leave their hometown and home state if they plan on making it. In extreme cases, some bands make it without ever playing a show. Don’t count on it! There are too many bands that expect to get noticed by the industry just by making a myspace profile.

When will we see you touring the UK?
No official talk has occurred yet, but we hope soon!

If you could tour with any one band who would it be and why?
For me personally: The Police. I would just stand behind Stewart Copeland every night and wish I were as good a drummer as him!

If you could give three tips to anyone in a band from a small town what would they be?
Write great songs!! Songwriting is still important to fans and the industry. Promote yourself online, at your shows and other bands local shows; playing isn’t everything if you want to succeed. Touring is a must. It fuels fans that you meet online to become more into your music. And some labels won’t even bother with you if you’re not trying to do it yourself first.

From Punktastic

Unsent letter to Espen and Carv

February, 2008

Dear Espen and Carv:
I’m writing this to congratulate you for the amazing job you’ve done. I’ve been on punkdisasters for at least three years now, and I’m so proud of witnessing how it turned from ‘a blink fansite’ to ‘one of those blink fansites’ and then into the greatest blink fansite amongst them all.

I remember how the layout changes that Espen performed almost regularly was one of the things that impressed me the most at first. How after moving to a better server the large amount of media came, although the monthly or weekly bootleg had already been a feature for some time. The Dreamhost times came and the site was often down… It all summed up just to get you almost where you are now.
I remember the We Don’t Need to Whisper leaking day, when the site got the most users online ever and how Espen wrote a news post with the songs and I couldn’t believe you were even corageous enough to do it.

I can’t believe that you, Carv, are the same guy I once offered hosting for his remixes, besides posting them on my then infamous Angels and Airwaves website that later turned into AlwaysFallingDown.com
Who would have said that you were going to get so big and important for the community!

Congratulations!
It’s awesome how you pulled it off. I can’t say I’m completely impressed, I mean, it was a matter of time. Maybe it all started with really small things that set punkdisasters.com apart from the other sites, just so it could become this great.

Once again, congratulations for your work, and thanks for bringing us punkdisasters.com

Keep well,

V

Espen is the owner of punkdisasters.com and Carv is the admin of the site.

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Fun as in ‘breathing’

I just took a tough decision. I’m at the bus stop, I have to go downtown. I’m having a meeting for a website I’ve been working on for the past year and a half. It’s a website for an organization that deals with AIDS, focusing on its prevention by making workshops and informing people on the subject.

Now I’m on the bus. The decision I took was to stay here in my home town for the rest of the year. Now why would I take such a silly decision when I had a 3 Mb broadband connection in Buenos Aires and a malfunctioning 640 kb here? Good question, I know, but not everything depends on internet connections! Come on!

I had already started thinking about staying here during the last weeks I spent in the city but more as a way to deal with my ever present depression. Well, amazing as it sounds, I’m not really taking this decision as a way to deal with that.
In fact, I know I’m not completely (nor partially) over that yet, but it’s OK for now, as long as I don’t start hurting myself or thinking about being a ghost (damn Armor for Sleep!).

What’s leading me to take this decision is my long awaited vision of the future, as in finally seeing myself somewhere in the future, doing what I like.
You need to have a plan if you’re staying…” my father said today after lunch. Well… Dan said we need to ‘plan to be surprised‘ (you should be ashamed if you still haven’t seen Dan in Real Life… Go watch it now!)

So that’s what I’m planning after all! I’m putting my formal studies on hold until next year (formal as in the sense of university studies), but instead I’m going to: (here we go)

  • · Read more. Some people I truly respect have suggested me tens of books along the years so I think it’s finally time to read them. I need to finish reading (for the second time) “A Brief History of Time” by the awesome Stephen Hawking,  get my hands on all the Ray Bradbury books I’ve been collecting since I was 10, and probably read as many books as I can to make my brain bigger.
  • · Write more. Yes, and no. I’m not talking about (only) blogging, I also have some (some as in tens of millions) of ideas I’d like to take from my brain and put down on paper. And yes, I may start writing more here, but only time will tell.
  • · Study more. I’m taking my interests to the next level. Programming, physics, guitar, singing, maths, anything. But as I learned in the past, I can only study by myself: it’s the only way it works for me.
  • · Smile more. I know that smiling isn’t cool right now, I mean, what’s “in” right now is to feel bad all the time and just avoid being happy. But let me tell you something: I was into depression way before it went mainstream and started being so trendy. I’m a pioneer on feeling bad, people. So now I’m gonna try swimming against the current, I’m gonna be the happiest guy alive.
    OK, point taken: it’ll probably won’t work that way, but you get the point. Wish me luck on this one.
  • · Watch more movies. For the past two years I’ve collected over 80 films (including documentaries and silly TV specials) that I wanted to see. I think I’ve barely seen 10 of them so I’m going to put some of my time on watching them. Movies are one of the things I enjoy the most, and now it’s time for me to do things I like. At first I thought of naming this one “Watch more movies while eating ice cream”, but then I realized that I would quickly get overweight.
  • · Work more. I’m not getting a job at a shoe factory, but still… This is a tricky one. Work can stand for both paid work and work on my personal projects or endeavors. I want to finish most (if not all) of the things I started to work on the past few years. I want to do whatever it’s needed on my baby websites (AlwaysFallingDown.com, TheresNoSolution.com, Proyecto Burbuja, valenzine.com, my web design company MonstersInvisible.com, etc), finish any current work I have and make my ToDo list a bit thinner… I want a clean start for next year.
    Also, I’ve started to work with my dad on some of his own work, and that is keeping me thrilled with learning better ways to work.
  • · Drink more. I’m not really sure about this one but I think it could be one of the suggestions my friends would make when finding out about these news.
  • · Enjoy more. So it’s time to stop thinking about dying and rather start thinking about living (as logical as it may sound, it takes a lot to get to this conclusion).
    People that wanted to show me a brighter side of my life had a really good point when they addressed the fact that there are a lot of things I can whine about my life, but even more facts about it that I shouldn’t ignore: the things I shouldn’t complain about, such as still being able to breathe, having a family and friends that care for me and so many other things. Pretty self explanatory this one is.

And that’s about all I could write using my cell phone on my way downtown and then my way back.

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No, Mom, I wasn’t arrested

It’s been a year since we finally launched the site. After that it’s been 11 months and a half of Nic telling me how we should be working on the second version of the website.

A lot of ideas passed through our email accounts. Some of them may even have the potential for making great website. I’m sure Nic and RJ have forgotten about most of them.

Making this website, maintaining it and dealing with all the everyday issues we had to face in the way has been nothing but a pleasure. Well… Not always a pleasure, but you get the point.

We spent so many nights working on the site and enjoying ourselves. Oh it’s so good to have someone that laughs at your stupid jokes.

We had some really effective days when we would get as much as 10% of the whole website done in one night, and days when we would just mess around for hours and went to bed with only having lost hours of bedtime.

Now, here it is: TheresNoSolution.com v2