Lonely Avenue (Pop Punk/Hardcore) - Sacramento, California
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Lonely Avenue combines powerful, catchy hooks with hard hitting metalcore melodies and patterns. Originating in 2011 as a pop-punk band, Lonely Avenue has since under gone many style changes forming it into what it is today. Always hooking the crowd with high energy and stage presence. Lonely Avenue captures the emotion and passion held within each song and presents that to the audience.
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"Taking The Road Less Traveled" Album Review
California has such a rich history of Pop Punk bands and Lonely Avenue is looking to create their own path and put their own spin on the genre to create an unstoppable force of an album. "Keeping Feet On The Ground" gets things going right from the start. The track hits the ground running so to speak and brings with it the Pop Punk tendencies of Knuckle Puck. It's a fantastic catchy opener that'll pull in the listener with ease. "Feed Us To The Sharks" is a tad heavier than the opener. The harsh vocals mixed with the melody and breakdowns immediately brings to mind A Day To Remember more heavier material. The track puts its mark on the album that the band is not messing around and know how to dig deep and make a heavy and hard hitting track while still maintaining that catchy melody. "Even The Devil Wears Makeup!" continues the furious onslaught of that easycore genre that easily teeters between Pop Punk and Metalcore. "Pieces Of Me" is more back on the Pop Punk side of things. It draws comparisons to Blink 182 and the song simply rocks the listeners socks off. It sounds like a summer track and will surely get the Warped Tour jumping and singing along. "Please Stay" will get the pits churning in no time with its destruction but will have listeners singing along to its easy to sing along chorus. It's a stand out track that should be on every Easycore fans playlist. "Remembering May" is extremely radio friendly. The track really shines and its soaring chorus is fantastic. It has surefire single written all over it. "Bedroom" features Daniel Portillo (End The Fight) and is a short acoustic track. The track know show to pull at the heartstrings of the listener. "No One Gives A Damn About Me" picks up the pace and doesn't hold back. The track hits all the right notes with a solid, high energy Pop Punk sound. "Breaking Habits" opens right away with a Pop Punk breakdown which then breaks away to a more Post Hardcore sound that is extremely catchy and well put together. The track brings to mind Saosin. "Taking The Road Less Traveled" features Mikey Pennington (Common Grounds) and is a fast paced romp through the Pop Punk wilderness. It represents that California Pop Punk sound to the fullest. It's such a tremendous track and could easily be seen as a fan favorite. "Not Even Close Baby" starts off with an audio sample from Casablanca before bursting into a highly infectious, more melody driven track. The track really showcases that the band has depth and the end bite to the track is a nice touch. "The Epic Tale Of Travis Chittendale" takes things back to the heavy side. The destructive force of the breakdowns meshing with the melodic chorus is outstanding and creates a can't miss track. "Caffeine Dreams" is a driving, emotional track that keeps the pace at a controlled chaos of a clip. The closing track "Remembering May" features Wednesday Pope on a straight up acoustic version of the earlier track. It's a powerful track and closes out the album on a high note.
Lonely Avenue looks to create their own path and put their own spin on the genre to create an unstoppable force of an album.
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!