Tuesday 13 February 2018

AVON - Dave's Dungeon

Release date: 23rd February 2018. Label: Heavy Psych Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Dave's Dungeon – Tracklisting

Red barn
Hero With A Gun
Mace Face
Space Native
On Fire
Dungeon Dave
Was Ist Los?


Alfredo Hernández
James Childs
Charles Pasarell


Hands up those of you who have never heard of AVON!

I knew it…Impossible not to have heard this name, if only because of the presence of a real piece of history on drums, Alfredo Hern├índez (KYUSS, QOTSA, Brant Bjork). Together with James Childs (Guitar) and Charles Pasarell (Bass), Alfredo has managed to set up a project having its roots in the old school desert rock.

AVON do not play ‘modern stoner rock’. They do not go to the spasmodic search for the ‘riff winking the eyes of the founding fathers’ (and they could do it, being one of them!). No. AVON is a ‘naked and raw’ band that don’t give a fuck to align with the current trends. Dave's Dungeon (Heavy Psych Sounds) is an album that is outside the conventional schemes, in some ways hard to assimilate for current stoner/desert rock listeners, accustomed today to the usual ‘4 riffs in drop C’ that all sound the same without attitude.

Although certainly not a milestone, in this work AVON have been able to reread their own influences in their own way. Which is not trivial, considering that they, themselves, were for years the forerunners of a genre very inflated nowadays. There are many influences in Dave's Dungeon. There are the Jethro Tull (Hero With A Gun), there are the psychedelic version of the QOTSA of ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’ (Yello), there are Yawning Man, and there is all the atmosphere of that time where a van, two generators and the sunset show in the Coachella Valley were enough.

This last work by AVON is a very well-played album, where bass, guitar and drums are wonderfully intertwined with vocal melodies. The only flaw is, to my opinion, the lack of a production a little rougher than the current one.

I really enjoyed this. It took me more listening, I admit it. It is an album based on a sound little aside by the average listener, who confuses stoner with doom and believes that 'Female Fronted' is a musical genre, but that, paradoxically, brings a breath of fresh air. Stealing the words of my good pale Steve (on the review of their previous work) "Well if you're a fan of old school" Desert / Stoner "Rock with a hint of vintage" Psychedelia then you're going to have a huge amount of fun with this album ".

Again, I sign word for word.

Words by Bruno Bellisario

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Dave's Dungeon will be released on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from February 23rd 2018.