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MP3 Anavan - Cover Story

A dance-punk gem hailing out of the infamous Smell scene in LA. A driving mix of electro, punk, dance, and techno.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (39:43) !
Related styles: ELECTRONIC: Electro, ELECTRONIC: Synthpop

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Flagbearers for no particular scene or agenda,
ANAVAN are as unique a Los Angeles institution as
Ron Jeremy, The Smell, and taco trucks. Recently,
they''ve shared the stage with NO MEANS NO,
HEALTH and CLIP''D BEAKS. Birthed from the
pregnant stew of downtown''s now legendary all-ages
venue, The Smell, ANAVAN cracked their shell
alongside groups like NO AGE, ABE VIGODA, FOOT
VILLAGE, and MIKA MIKO. Their sound, however,
owes as little to their local peers as it does the
aforementioned duos. The most obvious break from
convention was (and still is) the conspicuous lack of
guitar - an absence one forgets shortly after the first
glorious note is struck. In a city full of 5-, 7-, hell,
even 10-piece ensembles, the concept of "less is
more" starts becoming something of an emergency.
When less equals as much more as ANAVAN delivers,
the wheat has already begun showing the chaff
where to stick it. "Power trio" hardly does them

Their sophomore album "Cover Story" finds the
band honing their pop sensibilities while maintaining
the driving energy and DIY work ethic of their
punkier, self-titled 2006 debut on Gold Standard
Labs and singles for Deathbomb Arc (Foot Village,
Captain Ahab,Thurston Moore).
Some words on ANAVAN from Sonny Kay (GSL
founder, singer of the VSS, Angel Hair...)
“L.A. trio ANAVAN first appeared in 2004, in the
wake of the handful of percussion-centric bands
who''d been stirring-up the underground for the
previous couple of years. With their drum kit taking
center-stage (and their helmet-mics firmly in place),
I prematurely assumed at first sight that their sound
would owe much to the likes of PINK AND BROWN
and LIGHTNING BOLT. I was wrong. ANAVAN''s
empassioned, dare I say sexy, postpunk groove
bypasses the cerebral yardwork of noise and
pummel-rock, by aiming squarely on the listener''s
need to shake something. Free your mind and... well,
you know the rest.”

Who are these people?
- Bret Berg, longtime KXLU deejay and macaroni
connossieur, is without a doubt one of the most
skilled bassists this city has to offer. In another time
and place he would have put Peter Hook out of work,
no questions asked. His flawless 4-string histrionics
are the band''s heart and soul, not to mention a
rock-solid foundation for...
- Molly Williams, the trio''s secret weapon (and
vegetarian gourmet). Disguised inside a battered
football helmet, she commandeers the keyboards as if
at the helm of some cosmic cargo ship, conjuring
unforgettable melodies like those only ever imagined
by Vince Clarke. A woman of few words, her backing
vocals are equal parts Jane Weidlin and Exene
Cervenka, something of a yang to the yin provided
- Aaron Buckley: esteemed web designer, outdoorsman,
vocalist and drummer par resistance. Undoubtedly
loathe to admit it, his will certainly be the most
well-earned bottle of Crystal Geyser on any given
night at The Smell, Pehrspace, or some other
ventilation-deprived hole in the darkest recesses of
L.A.''s underbelly (not that the same doesn''t apply
when ANAVAN play mainstream rock clubs, too).
Imagine Keith Moon channeling Fred Schneider
(perhaps that should be the other way around...); big
shoes 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

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