||Cover Story CD (2008) |
Anavan songs Flagbearers for no particular scene or agenda,ANAVAN are as unique a Los Angeles institution asRon Jeremy, The Smell, and taco trucks. Recently,they've shared the stage with NO MEANS NO,CRYSTAL CASTLES and MONOTONIX, toured withHEALTH and CLIP'D BEAKS. Birthed from thepregnant stew of downtown's now legendary all-agesvenue, The Smell, ANAVAN cracked their shellalongside groups like NO AGE, ABE VIGODA, FOOTVILLAGE, and MIKA MIKO. Their sound, however,owes as little to their local peers as it does theaforementioned duos. The most obvious break fromconvention was (and still is) the conspicuous lack ofguitar - an absence one forgets shortly after the firstglorious note is struck. In a city full of 5-, 7-, hell,even 10-piece ensembles, the concept of "less ismore" starts becoming something of an emergency.
When less equals as much more as ANAVAN delivers,the wheat has already begun showing the chaffwhere to stick it. "Power trio" hardly does themjustice.
Their sophomore album "Cover Story" finds theband honing their pop sensibilities while maintainingthe driving energy and DIY work ethic of theirpunkier, self-titled 2006 debut on Gold StandardLabs and singles for Deathbomb Arc (Foot Village,Captain Ahab,Thurston Moore).
Some words on ANAVAN from Sonny Kay (GSLfounder, singer of the VSS, Angel Hair...)"L.A. trio ANAVAN first appeared in 2004, in thewake of the handful of percussion-centric bandswho'd been stirring-up the underground for theprevious couple of years. With their drum kit takingcenter-stage (and their helmet-mics firmly in place),I prematurely assumed at first sight that their soundwould owe much to the likes of PINK AND BROWNand LIGHTNING BOLT. I was wrong. ANAVAN'sempassioned, dare I say sexy, postpunk groovebypasses the cerebral yardwork of noise andpummel-rock, by aiming squarely on the listener'sneed to shake something. Free your mind and... well,you know the rest."
Who are these people?- Bret Berg, longtime KXLU deejay and macaroniconnossieur, is without a doubt one of the mostskilled bassists this city has to offer. In another timeand place he would have put Peter Hook out of work,no questions asked. His flawless 4-string histrionicsare the band's heart and soul, not to mention arock-solid foundation for...- Molly Williams, the trio's secret weapon (andvegetarian gourmet). Disguised inside a batteredfootball helmet, she commandeers the keyboards as ifat the helm of some cosmic cargo ship, conjuringunforgettable melodies like those only ever imaginedby Vince Clarke. A woman of few words, her backingvocals are equal parts Jane Weidlin and ExeneCervenka, something of a yang to the yin providedby...- Aaron Buckley: esteemed web designer, outdoorsman,vocalist and drummer par resistance. Undoubtedlyloathe to admit it, his will certainly be the mostwell-earned bottle of Crystal Geyser on any givennight at The Smell, Pehrspace, or some otherventilation-deprived hole in the darkest recesses ofL.A.'s underbelly (not that the same doesn't applywhen ANAVAN play mainstream rock clubs, too).
Imagine Keith Moon channeling Fred Schneider(perhaps that should be the other way around...); bigshoes to fill, indeed, but this dude's a size 12.
*Fun Fact: Molly and Aaron hail from Ketchikan,Alaska. Famous for its "bridge to nowhere