ANAVAN

ANAVAN

BandEDMAvant-garde

SPAZZCORE! ELECTRO! DANCE A TRONIC! FUN! ANAVAN's empassioned, dare I say sexy, postpunk groove bypasses the cerebral yardwork of noise and pummel-rock, by aiming squarely on the listener's need to shake something. Free your mind and... well, you know the rest.

Biography

L.A. trio ANAVAN first appeared in 2004, in the wake of the handful of percussion-centric bands who'd been stirring-up the underground for the previous couple of years. With their drum kit taking center-stage (and their helmet-mics firmly in place), I prematurely assumed at first sight that their sound would owe much to the likes of PINK AND BROWN and LIGHTNING BOLT. I was wrong. ANAVAN's empassioned, dare I say sexy, postpunk groove bypasses the cerebral yardwork of noise and pummel-rock, by aiming squarely on the listener's need to shake something. Free your mind and... well, you know the rest.

Birthed from the pregnant stew of downtown's now legendary all-ages venue, The Smell, ANAVAN cracked their shell alongside groups like ABE VIGODA, HEALTH, and MIKA MIKO. Their sound, however, owes as little to their local peers as it does the aforementioned duos. The most obvious break from convention was (and still is) the conspicuous lack of guitar - an absence one forgets shortly after the first glorious note is struck. You see, any group of haircuts can leave something out. In a city full of 5-, 7-, hell, even 10-piece ensembles, the concept of "less is more" starts becoming something of an emergency. When less equals as much more as ANAVAN delivers, the wheat has already begun showing the chaff where to stick it. "Power trio" hardly does them justice.

Needless to say, I was sold on them, post-haste. Their self-produced, self-titled debut album was released on GSL in 2006, followed by appearances at the label's showcases for the largely underinformed heads of industry at Austin's SXSW and New York's CMJ music festivals. U.S. tours ensued and a cult following rapidly took shape. A Japanese single was released in 2007 by Every Conversation Records. Now, in 2008, the band will at last set foot on foreign soil.

But exactly who are these people?

Bret Berg, longtime KXLU deejay and macaroni connossieur, is without a doubt one of the most skilled bassists this city has to offer. In another time and place he would have put Peter Hook out of work, no questions asked. His flawless 4-string histrionics are the band's heart and soul, not to mention a rock-solid foundation for...

Molly Williams, the trio's secret weapon (and vegetarian gourmet). Disguised inside a battered football helmet, she commandeers the keyboards as if at the helm of some cosmic cargo ship, conjuring unforgettable melodies like those only ever imagined by Vince Clarke. A woman of few words, her backing vocals are equal parts Jane Weidlin and Exene Cervenka, something of a yang to the yin provided by...

Aaron Buckley: esteemed web designer, outdoorsman, vocalist and drummer par resistance. Undoubtedly loathe to admit it, his will certainly be the most well-earned bottle of Crystal Geyser on any given night at The Smell, Pehrspace, or some other ventilation-deprived hole in the darkest recesses of L.A.'s underbelly (not that the same doesn’t apply when ANAVAN play mainstream rock clubs, too). Imagine Keith Moon channeling Fred Schneider (perhaps that should be the other way around...); big shoes to fill, indeed, but this dude's a size 12. No other singer-drummers come to mind except Phil Collins, and out of respect to Aaron, I'm simply not gonna go there.

ANAVAN have shared staged with NO MEANS NO, CRYSTAL CASTLES and MONOTONIX; they've toured with HEALTH and CLIPD BEAKS; they've lent their gear to a thousand other bands you have and haven't heard of, and they're just getting started. Flagbearers for no particular scene or agenda, ANAVAN are as unique a Los Angeles institution as Ron Jeremy, The Smell, and taco trucks. And no, they in fact are not from Alaska.

Discography

ANAVAN s/t | GSL 127
ANAVAN Never Give It Up / Eel Air Camera 7" | Every Conversation Records | Japan

Set List

You're Taking Me Out
Eel Air Camera
Traumatology
Queen
BOOM
Work It Out
Mingle
This Policy is a White Out
Skin Like Heather
Pregnancy Test
Contagious