I first started listening to this band back in 2020 when I heard a song off of their eponymously named EP. The energy and sense of fun that they bring to their music caught me right away and it shows up well on this track. Even without a translation for the lyrics (which they do provide on their Bandcamp page to back up my poor Spanish skills…) you can experience the fast-paced and tightly played music that shines though on this song. And those horns…what can I say…they make me happy 🙂 I also have an affinity for the lyrics: “It’s impossible to try to make me change…what you think of me will never matter.”
This is a solid ska / reggae style song that I would definitely recommend you give a listen.
I have always liked a hard-driver of a song and this one is a great example of just that kind of energy. It comes in with some crisp, heavy drums and gets right to the point. Much of the track maintains that initial drive but I really liked the bridge at the one-minute mark. It provides a nice contrast to the rest of the song while still maintaining the sonic feeling of the music. The production quality is also well done with the vocals clearly out front while maintaining a good instrument mix in the very near background. The lyrics are fun but also a little creepy (“she locks the cellar door behind her”) and the energy is…well, like everything else that Avenues does so well.
Side note there that their video for “Lights Out” is a cool Halloween-type production and worth a look.
I have always and I am sure always will…love a tune with a slow, slightly jangly blues riff …just like this song. I suppose that leaves me as biased listener but I just cannot help it and this selection really delivers on what I love about those kinds of songs. The guitar and drum here provide such a solid foundation and allow the tune to unwind slowly. Nichols also has a slightly smoky voice which adds a little bit of Memphis night club atmosphere when he sings and it all comes together well. A really good song from what I consider to be a breakout album from this Wisconsin-based musician – highly recommended 🙂