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THE AVELONS

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE AVELONS WHAT HAPPENED?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Music gets you young I reckon. We’ve all been around and obsessed with music as long as we can remember. I can vividly remember watching Oasis live at Manchester when I was a bairn, at my Gran’s house while she cooked my tea. Don’t think she realised they swore as much as they did…
Lyla at that gig though, that’s what it’s all about.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

The Avelons are Jack Oldham, Aaron Morrell, James Thomspon and Dylan Sharp. We’ve always been the Avelons, starting out with Jack and James at a busker’s night in Forest Hall. Aaron was quickly recruited from the same busker’s night. One hundred drummers later, Dylan Sharp jumped on board. That was the final piece for us. He turned up to audition knowing all the demos we put up on Soundcloud years before. As the 4 we’ve been at this since 2021. Pleased to meet you!

What was life like for you before music?

Grey, dull, boring, numb… I could go on….

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Aaron – Holiday by Green Day
Dylan – Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
James – Fichtl’s Lied by Die Woodys
Jack – Glad You Came by The Wanted

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We are right near the bottom of the table ready to make a charge. The bottom few rungs of the ladder, where you can still remember the reasons you started this.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

FEVA showed us the intensity and fire needed to be dangerous live. John Martindale showed us a belter little vocal remedy for top tier vocal takes. Hannah Robinson showed us how to work the social media side. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Aaron can’t turn left.
James is the most die-hard Toon fan on the planet
Dylan had trials at West Ham
We will let you decide what the lie is.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Quite simply, some sort of teleportation device, in which we could throw all our guitars and equipment at the end of each gig, so they would end up back at HQ.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Na, no way man. We are four good lads man. Always on our best behaviour. No danger of doing or saying anything to hurt anyone.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Honestly, your head gets battered in this industry enough without thinking about aliens and space stations and who actually killed who. We’ll leave that for someone else to worry about.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Hells Bells… Wor Dylan’s debut gig. Terrible venue, worse soundman, sliding drum kits and a wall of white noise. We came off stage, all gutted. I asked my girlfriend at the time, was that okay? She burst into tears! 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.

– Aaron was a primarily a funk guitarist before joining the band
– Jack is left handed but was forced to play a right handed guitar by his teacher many moons ago. Saved him a few pennies there. 
– Dylan can play every instrument better than we can and has a canny voice to match
– James is a demon at Left Wing

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Well we’ve got our biggest ever headline gig at The Cluny, Newcastle on 20th April in which we’re working with This Feeling who are renowned for taking the bands on rise and catapulting them even higher so we’re looking forward to see where that takes us. We also have a musical project that were looking to release later on in the year. Just gotta see what happens man, ride the wave. 

We have noticed a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) why do you thing that is?

I feel as though twitter isn’t the best for promoting media as an art form. It feels more about what you have to say, opinions you have and less so about the media art you’re producing. We use and are quite active on Twitter and find that there’s a lush community of hardcore music lovers such as writers and reviewers where everyone supports and promotes each other. A rare thing on social media.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

We’ve just released our brand spanking new single “Chit Chat”. It’s been a staple in our set for a long time. Written back in 2018 it’s became a bit of a cult favourite with our hardcore fans. It’s really nice to finally release this track, we’ve just been waiting for the right moment, having always known it would be a single. The song itself is a telling of a suffering lover within a toxic relationship and the moment when they finally break free from the emotional clutches. A sense of euphoria within the vehicle of relief.

What was the recording process like?

 I think it’s fair to say, a recording day is like going to a playground for us. We record at Blank Studios with the previously mentioned, John Martindale and I’d say our recording process has really found it’s groove now. First, we all perform the tune together and recording everything. I often feel sorry for Dylan and James as their bits are recorded within a few takes, testament to their talent. Same can’t be said for the awkward guitarists. Most of the time is spend tinkering around, creating sounds and adding dynamics. Often end the day shattered but proud of what we’ve produced in the space of 8 hours.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

 I feel as though once you break through and stop being so concerned about what your audience might like, it enables you to write music that speaks for who you are as a band right now. There’s certainly more experimenting with different tones or song structures and it’s led to this more mature and heavier sound. The lyrics are also starting to take a more narrative approach, enabling different themes and concepts to be explored.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nothing at all. Feel like we’re a very ‘in the moment’ band and it came out how it was authentically meant to. Perfection is never to goal for us. It’s perfectly imperfect.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Clear your diaries for the 20th of April, because we’re playing The Cluny, Newcastle and we’d love to see you lot there! TICKETS HERE

Give our newest single “Chit Chat” a spin, we think you’ll love it!

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