We’re a bunch of kids who want to make a piece of art. We want to make a statement and a lot of noise’, exactly how this release is defined. ‘3027’, the first concept release from West Yorkshire alt-grunge band Avenoir.
Opening with ‘The Darkest Hour’, a unsettling atmospheric approach is taken, forming a long dragged out opening of almost horror music to set a tone. For setting an atmosphere from the start, Avenoir do well but length is a slight issue. The opening drags out very long which would work at points, however in this case, is just too dragged out. Yet, this darker theme is brought forward once again ending ‘Krakow P’, almost bringing a subtly underlying concept to the release. However, final track ‘Shoe Lick’ does take away the concept underlay sadly, even separating the tracks ever so slightly.
Lyrically, Avenoir follows their genre statements well, following lyricism of apathy and alienation, specifically in ‘Krakow P’, a lack of freedom, confinement and hints at war as explored in ‘The Darkest Hour’. Lyricism is simplistic in some forms, something in a way that is expected from previous releases ‘Columbus’ and ‘Leviathan’ but still portrays a poignant point when listened to in depth. One of the slight flaws that arises with the EP, is that there isn’t necessarily a range through the tracks. Each track sounds very similar, with each section of each track being incredibly similar from verse to chorus. With the grungy alt feel Avenoir are going for, diversity isn’t always the most important aspect, but this is something the band could perhaps work on with their next release.
Avenoir are a young band, new to the scene and still have a way to go. ‘3027’ shows that the trio have a direction, know their genre and that they understand where they want to go; refining this will be their next step.