The Avett Brothers – Emotionalism

by Woody on July 18, 2007

Avett Brothers

I do believe the indie world owes just one big collective “Thank You” to Conan O’Brien. Late Night has always been a been a place to catch underground musicians getting their first national exposure. This last fall, Gogol Bordello played. The Arcade Fire have played several times. And this last year when he recorded in Chicago for a week, Mucca Pazza closed the show.

The Avett Brothers were the first band that I’d randomly seen on the show and had to hear more. It happened to be a chance occurrence, as I normally don’t watch Conan and am typically holed up in my room buried either under headphones or my guitar at that point of the night. As Conan announced his next musical guest, their name alone intrigued me enough to sit through the commercial break. I even was reprimanded slightly by my roommate for hoping they were a bluegrass band based on their name.

I was ecstatic when they started playing. I have long been a fan of other bluegrass bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, but The Avett Brothers brought something completely different to their sound. A tinge of punk and alternative rock make their way in while maintaining bluegrass roots. Scott and Seth Avett, who both sing and play banjo and acoustic guitar respectively, are joined by upright bassist Bob Crawford who sings as well. Banjo tends to lead the sound backed up by the others. Walking bass lines fit in excellently and an occasional guitar lick livens things up. My favorite part of it all is when Scott and Seth both begin shout singing their lines (see: Colorshow). There’s something about vocal ticks that just gets me, especially when its coupled with bluegrass music.

Here are three tracks and the performance on Conan O’Brien that originally turned me on to them. They are also quite the traveling band and are on tour between now and what seems like forever. I’ll be there when they hit Chicago on August 22nd at the House of Blues.

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The Avett Brothers – Paranoia in Bb Major

The Avett Brothers – Will You Return?

The Avett Brothers – Colorshow (courtesy of Nine Bullets)

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Chase July 18, 2007 at 11:14 am

Great album. Their back catalog is just as impressive, and the live show is incomparable.

oz July 18, 2007 at 5:50 pm

I’ve been listening to these guys for the past two months and agree. Great stuff. “Die Die Die” is a great start to the album.

trish m July 19, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Hey this band reminds me of Coheed and Cambria a bit.. did you guys hear that Coheed and Cambria are playing soon @ Warped tour in Barrie Park Place and Montreal Parc Jean Drapeau…don’t forgot to come and check them out .. Wicked live performance … also if you like checking out pictures I found a wicked site full of pictures from Warped tour inthebasement.ca

jay July 31, 2007 at 12:20 pm

I saw these guys on the side stage at Coachella and it was probably the one unheard of act that left an impression on me. Grabbed a couple of their older albums and looking forward to seeing them again in Denver in August.

DJ Mel September 2, 2007 at 12:57 am

I tried to stay up that night and got to the first 5 minutes of Conan then crashed, later to wake up an hour later and thinking darn I missed their performance on Conan, Thank God for Youtube! ha ha

On another note, great band!

fell in love with them the first time i saw them perform @ Coachella =)

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