Aviv Roth

Aviv Roth

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Great voice, facile guitar playing, and strong songs (that alternate between powerful and funny).

Biography

“A witty, soulful songwriter and performer who really knows his way around the frets”

Fresh on the New York music scene, Aviv is not your standard singer-songwriter. He likes “songs that are unusual, musically interesting or really, really funky.” The growing number of people who’ve had the experience of hearing him play tend to say things like, “smooth”, “soulful”, “dark, with that off-beat sense of humor” to describe him. Usually they say, “a lot more than you’d expect out of one guy with a guitar”.

Aviv (that's "uh-VEEV", like "Tel Aviv") has fronted rock bands in the past. He has succeeded (where many have not) in compressing that all guns blazing kind of band energy into a solo torpedo. Sometimes crooning, sometimes grinding, but always entertaining – the voice is big, in the deep way, not the loud way; the guitar work is master quality but never showoff. He interweaves his envelope-pushing originals with GenX nostalgia favorites reworked through what he’s learned in the years between.

Whether it’s with corner-of-the-eye social commentary in songs like “Managed Care is Evil” or the heartbreaking “Used Cars”, tales of love gone right like “You’re Home” or all the way wrong like “Whiskey”, to straight-up rock n’ roll with “Get Off Your Ass” and “Freezing”, Aviv’s songs deliver funny, thoughtful stories with complex melodies that never forget where the beat lives.

Aviv lives in Brooklyn with wife Piper, their three cats, and his four guitars. Born and raised in New York City, he got out of town to do the College thing, spent a couple years as a Microserf in Seattle, moved on to Cambridge, Massachusetts, from there to Takoma Park, Maryland, before finding his way back to the Big Apple. Like many of us, Aviv moved down the block the long way around.

Lyrics

Managed Care Is Evil

Written By: Aviv Roth

Doctor, Doctor
There must be something you can do
You say I gotta wait, though
Until my HMO approves
I've been waiting for my HMO
Three, four months at least
By the time they make up their minds
I shall be deceased

Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil

The HMO says I'm fine
But I'm sick as a dog
I know I need a new health plan
But it's all I can afford
Shivering in my cold bed
Waiting by the phone
For the call that will save my life
If it don't take too long

Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil

A girl from Ohio waited four months
For her HMO to come through
They wouldn't pay for her CAT scan
While her tumor grew
Now the doc says it's way too late
There ain't much he can do
It's time we started getting angry
What if next time it's you?

Somebody go and get my kids, now
Someone get me my wife
It's time for me to say goodbye
And move on from this life
Take heed from my story
And if the HMO can hear
I'm gonna have it on my tombstone
"NUMBER XJ73529 LIES HERE"

Cause managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil
Managed care is evil

Whiskey

Written By: Aviv Roth

Had a sweet little angel of love
With her I could do no wrong
But I should have known by now
Nothing that good lasts too long
I found her when I went out to the shed
She was gettin' it on with my best friend
She was going
Down
Down
Down
Loverboy better get out of town
'Cause if he don't I'll hunt him down

Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
I'm gonna cut him up until he's dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
I'm gonna cut him up until he's dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey

Went searching low and high
Looked every which way
If that boy don't got the wings to fly
He'd better find another way
Bought a bottle, drank it down
Now my head's spinning round
My head is spinning
Round
Round
Round
Don't care what you got to say
I'm gonna do it anyway

Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
I'm gonna cut him up until he's dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
I'm gonna cut him up until he's dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey

Stumbled into the alley at dawn
Found the loverboy at last
But with all the whiskey in my head
I guess I wasn't all that fast
I pulled out my knife, but then I started to run
I didn't think he'd have a gun
And then he shot me
Down
Down
Down
Now I'm lying here on the ground
I wonder if I'll be found

Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Now it won't be long before I'm dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Don't you know that I've been
Hangin' by a thread
I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Now it won't be long before I'm dead
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey in my head
Don't you know that I've been hangin
Don't you know that I've been hangin
Don't you know that I've been hangin by a thread
'Cause I got a lot of whiskey

Get Off Your Ass

Written By: Aviv Roth

Gotta have a plan
Gotta lay it down
Gotta get going
Gotta move around
Time is getting short
Got a lot to do
Time's a wastin'
And it won't wait for you

So get off your ass
If you don't act now
You just might miss your last chance
So get off your ass

Don't wanna leave
Nothing left undone
Gotta make your mark
Maybe touch someone
And if you wed yourself
To all that you can be
Don't you know that you'll be free

So get off your ass
If you don't act now
You just might miss your last chance

Maybe you've been dreaming
About going all the way
I don't have to tell you
You'll have dues to pay
I'm not saying that you can't
I'm saying that you can
Just as long as you've got a plan

And get off your ass
If you don't act now
You just might miss your last chance
So get off your ass
Get off your ass
Get off your ass
Get off your ass

Discography

"The Demo" EP, 2003
* Get Off Your Ass
* Managed Care Is Evil
* Used Cars
* Whiskey (live)

Set List

A typical set can take 45 minutes to an hour. It's usually a mixture of originals and covers. Covers range from the serious (Peter Mulvey's "Every Word Except Goodbye) to the silly (Schoolhouse Rock's "Naughty Number Nine").

Originals include:
* Managed Care Is Evil
* Whiskey
* Used Cars
* Get Off Your Ass
* It's Time
* I'm Freezing
* The Blah Blah Lounge
* The Songwriter's Song
* Not Wise
* Flying Away
* You're Home

Covers may include (but are not limited to) the following:
* Naughty Number Nine (Schoolhouse Rock)
* My Hero, Zero (Schoolhouse Rock)
* Welcome Back Kotter Theme
* Cheers Theme
* Gilligan's Island Theme
* Diff'rent Strokes Theme
* Every Word Except Goodbye (Peter Mulvey)
* New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)
* Come and Go Blues (Gregg Allman)
* Caves of Altamira (Steely Dan)
* Any Major Dude (Steely Dan)