From passion comes determination. A desire to be the best. There are few people in the world that have this aura about them. But when you put five guys that have that drive in them together, you get a team that works as one and won?t settle for anything less than amazing. Five brothers acting as a whole is what makes up the sensation that is Avenida.
Based in northern New Jersey, but with long branching roots, this band is already very well respected and gaining a strong, widespread following. A wide diversity of driving guitars, complex beats and powerful vocals make up the unique sound of Avenida and showcase nothing short of musical expertise. The energy felt in the songs is only a hint of what comes from the live show. Engaging and exciting, this band makes clear the difference between a ?concert? and a ?show?.
Tyler Gilbert (Drums)
Mike Payne (Bass)
Jeremy Bernstein (Guitars)
Jon Bernstein (Guitars)
Andrew Padilla (Vocals)
Take Control EP - 2009 (now on iTunes, Amazon 'Amazon UK', ShockHound.com, eMusic.com, Napster, Rhapsody, Lala.com & more.
Listen Close EP - 2007
Avenida Makes Noise on Music Scene
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July 22, 2009 It's been quite the run for local band Avenida—from playing small shows to their pe...July 22, 2009
It's been quite the run for local band Avenida—from playing small shows to their performance at Vans Warped Tour last Sunday.
It started in 2003 as a half-serious idea between cousins Jeremy and Jon Bernstein, of Short Hills and Livingston respectively. Both were guitar players and rock aficionados.
"We just wanted to be in a band," said Jeremy.
With the help of a few friends, the band came to fruition in the summer of 2004. After rehearsing and writing four songs, they first performed on February 20, 2005, at a bar in Bethpage, N.Y.
After a round of shows in Livingston, Montclair and Brooklyn, Avenida began to take itself more seriously, replacing the original singer and bass player with current members Andrew Padilla of Ridgefield and Mike Payne of Livingston.
But it wasn't until March of 2007 when they won War for Warped Tour—a contest sponsored by AEG Live that gave nine local bands the chance to play at Vans Warped Tour—that any of the band members thought Avenida would go somewhere.
"We were a shitty senior high school band that knew how to play live," said Jon.
Though they hardly practiced, they had no trouble winning over fans and securing a spot on the Warped Tour bill, for August 5, 2007.
"Things just started to click," said Jon, who broke his leg during the set but kept playing.
In the next year, Avenida recorded its first EP, "Listen Close," and won War for Warped Tour again. Fame didn't go to the band's head, though. They continued to play local shows and at Millburn High School.
The only big change was the decision to replace their original drummer with Livingston High School rising senior Tyler Gilbert, who quit a small experimental rock group to join Avenida. His first show with Avenida was in August 2008, opening for Good Charlotte at Six Flags Great Adventure.
"I went from playing at Good Timez for no one to playing at Six Flags," said Gilbert.
With a different roster and a bigger fan base, the band decided they needed a new direction. They started by writing and recording a second EP, "Take Control," which was released on May 29, 2009, on iTunes. Then came the endorsements—Jon's by Gibson Guitar and Avenida's by All Star Music Academy—and another chance to play Warped, this time on a main stage.
Despite the opportunities and the free equipment, the band members insist that they're still all about the music.
"It's very satisfying to play something you've created and have people enjoy it," said Jeremy, to which Gilbert retorted, "I wrote that one in my diary last week."
The group's constant self-mockery is indicative of how strong the bonds of bandhood are. Constantly bantering, referencing inside jokes and making fun of each other, they're more brothers than coworkers.
"I love writing music with my best friends," said Jon. "It's like my way to breathe."
Looking towards the future, the band only hope for continued success. Avenida has a big show coming up on August 2 at School of Rock in South Hackensack, and they're in talks with a few record labels. They are also working on their first full-length album.
"We're complete jokesters," said Jeremy. "But when it comes to our music, we're serious."
Vans Warped Tour rocks Monmouth Park
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Jeremy Bernstein, of the Livingston-based band Avenida, rocks the crowd at the summer rock festival ...Jeremy Bernstein, of the Livingston-based band Avenida, rocks the crowd at the summer rock festival held for the first time this year at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
a good round of 8 songs, and maybe 1 more that we throw in the loop for the show
There are no upcoming dates at this time.