Originally in Issue #9
Article by Shea McMahon
Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount have become the modern day King Midas. Everything they touch turns to gold. Once again, these production geniuses have hit the nail on the head with their work on Every Avenue’s “Shh Just Go With It.” But maybe it wasn’t all them. This Michigan five-piece gave them some pretty damn good stuff to work with. In fact, for a debut album full-length Every Avenue nailed this album.
With a title that makes me wonder if Chris Hansen of Dateline’s To Catch a Predator is right around the corner each time I say it, “Shh Just Go With It” is an awesome blend that shows the band’s talent, versatility and personality.
The vocals of David Strauchman is sometimes Patrick Stump-ish (in a good way, trust me), sometimes Early Punk-ish and sometimes light and upbeat. Honestly, I think my Grandma Marie would bob her head to his smooth voice over the solid rock tracks. And that’s saying something.
His vocals really shine in the first single from the album, “Where Were You?” The fight-back, upbeat anthem of heartbreak and abandonment has already exposed thousands to their sound when Mark Hoppus (formerly of Blink-182 and now +44) featured them on his blog “My Name Is Mark.” Where Were You is also getting play on Yahoo! and AOL Radio worldwide as well as MTVs Real World/Road Rules Gauntlet. Chances are you’ve already heard their first track in one way or another and, regardless, it has a familiar, comfortable sound.
Track four, “Think Of You Later (Empty Room)” is a surprise after “Where Were You.” At first, Strauchman’s vocals make you wonder if you’re still listening to Every Avenue. His pipes blast for a sound like Keith Urban or Kenny Chesney. And I know, country scares me too, but it’s truly good.
“We started passing the guitar back and forth sharing random song ideas that we had,” said guitarist and vocalist Josh Randall. “All of a sudden, Dave sings this chorus and we both knew we have to record it. When we recorded it for the full length, we had the time to make the song sound like we wanted.”
Honestly, this is about the point of the article that I criticize the album – you know, knock it down a little. But I’ve got nothing. I’ve picked apart songs for tack clichés and boring chord progressions. Nothing. They sing about love and heartache without sounding tacky. They sing about old times with old friends without being dull and typical.
You can experience their goodness through May on tour with The Audition, Bamboozle and the July leg of the Vans Warped Tour. I would highly suggest you do so. And not to sound like the scruffy, beat-up merch guy at every merch table in the world but, “buy this CD!”