Lonely Avenue gets interviewed and talks about their "Taking The Road Less Traveled" album, the Pop Punk scene and much more.
From: Sacramento, California
Sounds like: Pop Punk/Hardcore
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Lonely Avenue” and is there any meaning behind it?
It all started with three middle school friends when we were 13! Gavin Prophet on drums, Bodie Freeman on bass, and Casey Bayles (me) on guitar/vocals. I originally wanted the band name to be "On The Ave." and our bass player at the time (Bodie) wanted it to be "Lonely Oasis". So Gavin chimed in and said "Why not just make it Lonely Avenue!". The name just kind of stuck after that.
We started as a flat out punk band. With major influences by Green Day, Blink-182, and Sum 41. But years of change, playing shows, and new genres emerging, we formed into what we are today with member changes and influence changes.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the "Taking The Road Less Traveled" album?
I can only hope that listeners will be able to take something out of everything we put into this three year long project. Most of these songs represent somewhere that we have been in our lives and we hope that people can relate and connect with it on some level. In a lot of ways this album saw each of us grow up. So it has a lot of heart and emotion poured into each song. If it could just affect one person like it has us... that's all we could ever ask for.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
We love to bring the energy at our live performances. After all, the purpose is to bring a show and entertain. And we want to give everyone their money's worth.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
Personally my favorite song to play live is probably "Feed Us To The Sharks". Lots of energy and hard spots to throw down too!
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
I would love the opportunity to be able to tour with A Day To Remember, Attila, or Neck Deep.
6. Any crazy show stories?
Our first show ever got cut off after 10 minutes of us performing yet we still made it to the next level of battle of the bands!
7. What’s your take on the current state of pop punk?
I love all of the heart that a lot of these pop punk bands are putting into their music now a days! I'm really excited for the future of the genre and also excited to see what comes next.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in California both locally and state wide?
I love our Sacramento music scene! It seems like everyone likes helping each other out and boosting each others careers. I love all of the creativity coming out of our hometown and I'm excited to see our friends succeed!
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
Personally I wouldn't want to illegally download someone's music because I know how much time, money, and effort goes into each release. And the music industry can easily become very expensive fast. So you should always support your favorite up and coming artists however you can!
10. What’s next for Lonely Avenue?
We have already begun writing for the next release and have a tour coming up at the end of January!
11. Any shoutouts?
I want to think the homie Mikey Pennington (Common Grounds) for being so cool to work with and just being a great dude in general, Tyler Watt (Wolf & Bear) for all of the hard work he has put in to book us our first west coast tour, and everyone else who we have worked with for art, bookings, whatever it may be! But mostly we have to thank the people who have supported us over the years. We want to thank everyone that bought merch, came to our shows, or just listened to the music. We will never be able to thank you enough!