Avante Guarde Boulevard
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Avante Guarde Boulevard

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Panic Stricken Action Stations. LP (Feb 2006).


Feeling a bit camera shy


Apart from being good-looking, trendy and with excellent taste, Avante Guarde Boulevard (BLVD) is simply a guy writing songs and music that he loves. Playing a customised acoustic-world-folk sound that is unique yet inspired, progressive but user-friendly, understated despite meaning and personal without melodrama, BLVD is basically nice to listen to. Simple really.

No amount of rhetoric can really speak louder than the songs themselves, and it would be the wish of the songwriter that any interested party would listen, rather than read, and make up their own minds free from hyperbolae or biased ramblings.

Sadly, most modern songwriters are not poets, so BLVD is taking a bold step when forwarding the lyrical aspect of the songs. Hopefully you will like it.

Also it may be noted that all recordings are custom and done on the cheap, but really this is secondary if you are interested in real talent? Anyone can make himself or herself sound decent with the help of a professional studio and engineer. However BLVD refutes this tactic, and takes the “Buddy Holly” line of self-production, in order to get the unique sound that the artist wishes.

There are no covers or songs by a third party.
All music and lyrics are by GJ Probert.

Listen up, or choose not and miss out.

Ok so some song history then:

*SONG OF THE WEEK* "Lonely House"
The mournful tone of the music and vocals hints at the under-appreciation and semi-bitterness of Lonley House. Lyrically subdued but altogether peircing, this is a song that can wash over you like a wave.
However in it's simplicity, there is poigniancy in the echoing of feelings likely to have been experienced by the listener themselves - bitterness, disappointment, rejection (both socially and personally) and lonliness. The idea of being alone as the best protection against these things is not altogether a new one, (see Simon & Garfunkal's "I am a Rock" and Radiohead "The Bends"). Lines including
"In a previous life, what I did best, was making a mess, of all that I loved," and "now I am alone here, out in the desert.."
indicate these feelings. The picture of a lonely house in the middle of a desert is appropriate here. Interestingly, the final thought of the song is not absolute:
"And here I am safe, but no one can make me forget..."
It seems that even with seclusion, one is not able to forget and therefore escape what they have experienced previously.