Averkiou – The New Imperative EP

February 10, 2012
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The New Imperative EP

The scene down in the swamps of Gainesville, Florida, is far more diverse than meets the eye. For every band riding Hot Water Music’s coattails in hopes of parlaying that into a deal with Paper + Plastick or an appearance at the Fest, there’s seemingly another doing the exact opposite of that. Enter Averkiou, a four-piece who have been active for half a decade without any signs of embracing their inner Chuck Ragan. Their latest EP, The New Imperative, is another solid (albeit brief) collection of hazy, mid-tempo rock that’s simultaneously captivating and lulling. The band create a nice dynamic of distant, sleepy vocals and buzzsaw guitars awash in reverb on “Fuzzy Photograph,” which admittedly could be a descriptor for much of the band’s work. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?) “Go Matsumoto!” is just a bit more jangly than its predecessor, and both it and “Present Tense” inject a healthy dose of “oohs” into the mix for an added layer of unexpected indie-pop influence from a band who have quietly become one of the most interesting in their scene.

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“Fuzzy Photograph”

Written by Bryne Yancey

Position: Former Web Editor HQ: Orlando, FL (soon to be Cleveland, OH) Nice to meet you! I'm Bryne Yancey, the former web editor for Alternative Press. Prior to joining AP full-time, I volunteered at Punknews.org and freelanced for Myspace Music and AP, writing reviews and such.  I enjoy 80s thrash metal, leather-jacket pop-punk, obscure 90s/2000s emo, contemporary crust-core, and plenty in between. I'm a big fan of pizza, nachos, dessert, sleeveless t-shirts, wearing shorts year-round, sunglasses, science fiction, dry humor, horror, the Florida Marlins, the Orlando Magic, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinyl is great; Spotify is equally and differently great. Green Day's "Dookie," Bad Religion's "All Ages," and the Suicide Machines' "Battle Hymns" changed my life. I don't think our scene has ever been as exciting or promising as it is right now. Top ten albums OF ALL TIME (but in no particular order): Saves The Day - Stay What You Are Green Day - Warning Jimmy Eat World - Futures Snapcase - Designs For Automotion Hot Water Music - Caution Metallica - ...And Justice For All The Suicide Machines - Battle Hymns Bad Religion - The Process of Belief The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever Told Descendents - ALL Twitter | Tumblr