The Avondales – The Avondales


The Avondales hit us with some punk rock exactly how it should be; full of the party that is booze, sex, and drugs. A little self-deprecation here, a little peaceful nihilism there, The Avondales, holds onto the classic punk style of being a little shitty, but in a good way.

Even though we can find some instances of somewhat flat vocals and half sloppy, half tipsy songwriting, its difficult to close the heart off from the hidden gems in this album. Hey, that’s what good punk rock is all about. Endearing lyrics and upbeat tempos keep negativity away, and ignore little mistakes along the way, because we’re all human.

“Summer Nostalgia” is one of the gems, seeing as it feels like quite the lengthy groove and manages to smash it all out in less than three and a half minutes. This track also includes a savoury guitar solo by Brandon Long and a well-balanced drum solo breakfast by Tyler Pew. Like the title intends, summer nostalgia is pretty much a side effect of this one…When does spring happen again?  

“Edward Ave.” will likely also please you as much as it pleased me, if the local music/party scene is something close to your heart. Everyone has THAT street, with THAT bar, and THAT local alternative music venue where everyone goes to get their heart melted by some of their favourite bands and share some questionable fun with their best buddies. Moment of silence for the reckless memories and voids that can’t be filled: There are just some places that attract a great sense of belonging, even if it’s in a weird way.

At the end of the day, my soul will always be soft for grass-fed punk rock music, and this album lives to prove it. Ohio finally did something right.

Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate

About Talia Plante 50 Articles
A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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