ETC: Employment Through Craigslist is a great new web series by Boston improv comics/actors/writers Matt Catanzano and Rich Moriarty (www.etcwebseries.com). In addition to being hilarious, the fourth episode features the TSA track 'I Don't Care'! So give it a watch, and let 'em know you want to hear some more TSA tunes on the show.
Just in case you can't make it out to our show on the 26th (4/26 at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA) - we're stoked to announce we'll be returning to the Rosebud Bar and Grill on 5/3. Keep that rock n roll coming!
The Strange Avenues will be hitting Cambridge on April 26th, at Club Bohemia (downstairs at the Cantab Lounge)! We'll be on at 9:00pm, and there will be a bunch of other great bands there that night (lineup to be announced later), so you should all come down to catch some local rock n' roll.
Pictures and videos from our show at the Rosebud have been posted on our Facebook page, and will be making their way to this site soon. So what are you waiting for, check them out!
If you're from the Boston area - we're told we'll be melting faces at the Rosebud in Somerville on February 16th. You should be there. If you're not from the Boston area - we hear Boston's really nice around mid February.... Just saying.
It's been a few months in the making, but Bacchanalia is now available online! You can pick up (well, download) your copy today at our shop, or it'll be appearing any day now on Amazon.com, iTunes, etc. If you're not ready to buy, head over to Facebook and preview it - be sure to "Like" us while you're there!.
We're a little late in wishing you all the best, but better late than never. And along with our season's greetings, we're bringing you a first look at the new site. It's very much still a work in progress, so expect it to change and grow along with us. We're listening to the tracks and finalizing our mixes, so hopefully we'll have the full EP up for you guys soon. This will be the first place we post it, as well as any news, so be sure to check back often. Like, daily, or better yet, hourly. And have your friends and families check it for you if you can't get to a computer.
We've finished tracking everything for the EP! It took a lot longer than we anticipated, but we're finally done recording. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the album is done - next up: mixing. We have a pretty good idea what we want the record to sound like, so hopefully we'll zip through that process, and get a product out to you by Christmas. If we only knew what to call it...
The Strange Avenues are currently booking dates for 2012. Check back often for updates.
For booking information, contact booking@theStrangeAvenues.com
If music nourishes the soul, listening to The Strange Avenues is like a strict diet of beer, cigarettes, and rock n' roll. Based out of Boston, MA, TSA manages to draw from the best of rock, punk, outlaw country, and blues, congealing the blend into a sound that is in a word, raw. Completely without pretense, it's rock as written by guys that just want to drink beer and play loud.
The six-stringed seeds of the band were planted in 2009 with the meeting of Mike Patton and Mike 'Fitz' Fitzback. Although Patton was busy with his band Pretty Little Suicide and Fitz with Barely Legal, the friends spent the next two years hanging out and playing guitar, honing their sound and laying the groundwork for what was to come. It wasn't until late 2011 that the boys decided to take the project to the next level, and The Strange Avenues was formed. Wanting to record right away, a call was made to Mike's long time friend and drummer Wade Collins, who rose to the challenge. With Wade behind the kit, they entered the studio in December of 2011, resulting in their debut EP, Bacchanalia - an opus of the dirtiest rock n' roll to hit the musical landscape in years.
On the heels of Bacchanalia's January release, the Aves began cementing their status as, first and foremost, a live band. Despite the disheartening loss of Wade to corporate America, the band didn't miss a beat, with the talented Tim Betts filling in temporarily on skins and spending 2012 playing a slew of shows throughout the northeast. Any lingering doubts that they could replicate the rawness of the record were cast aside, and word began to spread.
In 2013 the boys met the hard-hitting Chris Ardoin, and after just 2 rehearsals played their first show with him, cementing the fact that the lineup was complete. Chris's feel-good booming behind the kit meshed perfectly with Fitz's impassioned guitar leads, all tied together by Mike's steady work on the rhythm and bass guitars. And when Mike's swaggering vocals were blended with Fitz's raw baritone, it became a heady concoction indeed.
If you've come looking for a family-friendly pop act, you've come to the wrong place. The Strange Avenues have left any commercial sheen by the wayside in favor of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, conveyed in an unapologetic and refreshingly genuine voice. From the first listen, it's abundantly clear - the ride has just begun and the future burns intoxicatingly bright.
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