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Avenue Army

San Diego, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

San Diego, CA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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"Words With Action- Ringmaster Review"

"Emotively charged and potently crafted, Words With Action the debut album from US alternative rock band Avenue Army has a confidence and smile upon its evocative lips which only makes the engagement of the sixteen track release stronger."

"Promise oozes from every song and idea"

"it’s makes a compelling argument in the case of the band becoming a loud inspiring voice in the future"

- Ringmaster


"Words With Action- Ringmaster Review"

"Emotively charged and potently crafted, Words With Action the debut album from US alternative rock band Avenue Army has a confidence and smile upon its evocative lips which only makes the engagement of the sixteen track release stronger."

"Promise oozes from every song and idea"

"it’s makes a compelling argument in the case of the band becoming a loud inspiring voice in the future"

- Ringmaster


"People That Matter- Avenue Army"

"These four lads don't dissapoint when it comes to putting on a live show"

-Alex Juryte, Revolution 360 - Revolution 360


"People That Matter- Avenue Army"

"These four lads don't dissapoint when it comes to putting on a live show"

-Alex Juryte, Revolution 360 - Revolution 360


"Words With Action Review"

Author Rating: 4.5 Stars

Words With Action is the debut album from alternative rock band Avenue Army. The sixteen-track album is filled with pumped up grunge drumbeats that are entwined with catchy pop rock lyrics.

The Saint Paul, Minnesota band came together in 2009 when James Paulet and Max Eric Bergstrom lived together and realized their musical harmony. Avenue Army draws inspiration from The Beatles, Nirvana, Weezer, Modest Mouse, and The Cure.

The album opens with the single, “The Upside” that is a high-energy rock ballad that showcases the gritty guitar sound that is harmonious and vibrant. The passionate vocals bring the song to life, which makes it perfect for it to be the opening single.

The following single “Emily” and “Get Out of Summer” match the same fast paced tempo. “Get Out of Summer” has more of the pop rock round with its catchy chorus. This single is unique because it has an element of funk with how the bass lures you, bringing the sound full circle. The song reminded me of Jimmy Eat World with its fresh and vibrant vibe.

In “I’m No Creep” I can see the Weezer influence with its raw rock sound and insightful narrative. The vocals are strong, sultry and harmonious and quite witty. It is a passionate song that shows a different side of Avenue Army. “Only For You” is hands down my favorite song off the album. It’s a sweet rock ballad that brings to life their lyrics and musical ability. - Celebrity Cafe


"Avenue Army Rocks It Old School"

That’s my favorite song. No wait . . . THAT’s my favorite. No wait . . . It’s definitely that one. Wait . . .


Avenue Army - Words With Action



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What am I doing? I’m supposed to be a rock critic, not a f*ckin’ teenage girl. But this Avenue Army disc just keeps coming at me - it’s kind of dreamy. And I guess it makes sense. AA seems to come from the same glorious albei infamoust background as I do.

No, I’m not talking about Minnesota (St. Paul to be exact). I’m talking about the 90s; Where a balls-out Slash-esque guitar solo held as much sucker-punching greatness as an emotional slamming Weezer track. No doubt, AA came from the latter tradition, but emotional intensity being their thing, they let the sucker-punching commence on their first, self-titled release..

The Hum meets Blink 182 groove of “Upside Down,” is as catchy as a cold in February, while Superdrag-esque “Emily” has all the self-deprecation and angst to get you slamming your head against your high school locker, with it’s J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)-style solo and killer vocal harmonies. “Get Out of Summer” follows a similar line as “Emily,” showcasing a clingy guitar riff and some fancy rhythm section work. The 3-step meter of “The Sunday Car” (no, THIS is my favorite) shows the 4-piece’s sweeter side of heartbreak.

“Alright Never” lays out a an arpeggiated riff that’ll cram itself in your head for the ages (probably my actual favorite . . . no wait). “I’m No Creep,” “Above the Strings,” and “The Julian Ride” put out some heavy lyrics, while juxtaposing against light-fare melodies. “Headache” builds a solid, sonic wall of self-deprecating deliciousness, while “Time Hates Both of Us” buckles knees with it’s cut-time chorus, and blistering solo. And it just goes on and on. Ridiculously addictive tracks like “Only for You,” “The Local Bar,” (Um . . . no, this one) “Hey Sympathy,” and the looming darkness of “Pretty Microphone” (“We’ll assemble their bodies tonight . . .”) close up the albums emotionally devastating 16 (!) song set.

So, the bottom line reads something like this: If you love a good, sonic sucker-punch, Avenue Army is for you. If you love witty, endearing, cerebral lyricism, Avenue Army is for you. If you love bitchin’ guitar riffs and meaty solos, Avenue Army is for you. If you love rock ‘n’ roll, Avenue Army is for you. Duh. - Examiner


Discography

Words With Action (Full Length Album)- Released September 17, 2013.
Singles- Hey Sympathy, The Upside, Time Hates Both of Us, Get Out of Summer, Emily

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Bio

Avenue Army began in 2009 among friends who shared a lifelong passion for writing and performing music.  Originally from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN, the band quickly formulated their own unique sound that has been described as "Power Pop with huge balls" , and began paying the Minnesota and Midwest Scene heavily between 2010 and 2013.  

In Fall of 2013, Avenue Army released their debut album "Words With Action" and followed the release with several short Midwest tours and a national tour supporting 3 Pill Morning in the South and Southwest region of the U.S.

The band relocated to California in 2016 and has since changed it's entire line up with the exception of founding member Max Bergstrom, who is the band's lead singer and rhythm guitarist.  Bergstrom is joined by Travis Wheeler on bass and backing vocals, Vaughn Esparza on Lead Guitar, and Ethan Rowe on drums. Avenue Army are currently supporting and playing tracks from their newest release, an EP titled "The American Criminals EP", which came out on January 1st, 2016.  Avenue Army continues to build a strong following and keeps fans coming back with their solid live show.  They have opened and toured with bands such as 3 Pill Morning, Eve to Adam, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, and Trapt.

Keep your eyes peeled and find out for yourself what all the buzz is about!

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