So, I’m finally completing a long-standing goal I’ve had for, oh, 4 or 5 years. The goal was to catalog and archive the Avenues library of video and audio. Why? Well, I suppose for posterity — it’s been 5 years now since we decided to end the band, and I’ve been sitting on video footage and demos and whatnot since then. Its only a matter of time before those things get misplaced, so I figured it’d be best to get them online in case we want to show them to the kids at some point, or just look it all back up in 10 more years when we can hardly remember the names of the songs.
So, here’s the summary (for the unitiaited, which, is really everybody excluding the 30 or so people who gave a crap back in the day):
First, the name: we were always pretty ambivalent about it but we never agreed on anything better. (“The Wild Faced Butt Cats/Butt Faced Wild Cats” never received a majority vote.)
We started with the concept of being an alt-country band (you know, a rock band with acoustic guitars and lap steel and banjos and stuff). A lot of the time we sounded more like a band that preferred the end of songs to get big. In fact, we had a song that was referred to privately as “The Big Song.”
We made a full-length record of songs all recorded at 2 in the morning on weeknights because Kevin Honnoll could sneak us into the studio after hours. It sounds like an alt-country band for the first 3 songs, then like a 90’s rock band, then like an alt-country band again, and then like a band that might tentatively title something “The Big Song.”
We later recorded an EP of which we’re still very proud. Not much alt-country on the EP; more jangly, anthemic rock that suited us much better (and we like to think we were pretty good at). The EP ends with a song that is also big, although we trick you by making the beginning very quiet. However, by the seven-minute mark, there are no less than 10 independent wordless vocal tracks. It is impossible to play this song live without it sounding like a total wreck.
There was also a novelty Christmas song in there called “Merry Christmas, Donkey Babies” but that’s another story.
We split up in 2005 to move and get married and get jobs and what not. In the years since, we’ve played three times: once at the Mobley Wedding in late 2005, once as a four-piece at the Briggs Wedding in 2006, and at an official (but not rehearsed) Reunion Show in April 2010.
The Recorded Output:
“When It Was Me” — Recorded summer 2002 to January 2003 at Belmont University studios, released Winter 2003.
“These Years Come To Rest” — Recorded periodically November 2003 to April 2004 at Bel Air House studios, release February 2005.
Outtakes, Demos, and Rarities
The Video Archive:
- The Farewell Show: February 2005
- The Reunion Show: April 2010 (Great photos from this show at from Chris Wage at Flickr and Melissa Mobley at Facebook.)
- Blue Sky Court: April 2003 (Note: in retrospect, this has to be the most boring show we ever played. These are the highlights and the rarities — and that’s saying something.)