Dallas-based rock quartet Avion Roe is no stranger to the music scene. They’ve been on Warped Tour and created the first-ever 3D music video by an independent artist. The band has been fairly quiet the last two years until they announced recently that they were signing with Epitaph Records. Into The Rest is Avion Roe’s debut on their new label and will definitely garner an emotional response.
The title track would be fantastic live, with a chorus that begs for a crowd to scream, “Ahh ahh ahh.” The verses sound like they’re building up to a huge chorus, but the band throws the listener off by using light pop-rock guitars at the beginning of the chorus and then finishing the crescendo with strong background vocals. This track features Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens, who doesn’t appear until there’s about 90 seconds left in the song and shares the last chorus with Avion Roe frontman Evan Couture.
“Sing Me To Sleep” will pull a lot of feelings out of the listener by listening to the lyrics and the way Couture sings them. The quick, short hits of the snare in the background adds another layer to the pain in Couture’s voice. The lyrics and guitar during the verses makes it seem that this should be a slower, softer song, but the drum adds the element of speed and makes “Sing Me To Sleep” much more emotional than it would have been without it.
Whenever Couture starts singing, “And sing to me while I sleep” with the background vocals sounding like the voices inside of someone’s head that keeps them up at night, it adds that component which reminds the listener how you may need that one person’s voice to calm your mind down in order to sleep.
The song goes through the motions one faces when trying to get over someone they recently broke up with. In the chorus, Couture tells the person, “I’m not desperate for you. I’m not waiting for your love,” and in the second verse he sings, “I could write you a symphony with every heart that you break… Are we innocent lovers?”
“When The Sun” undergoes the most change on Into The Rest. It starts out softer and slower, then speeds up and ends with screams (the only spot on the EP where the band does this). Into The Rest ends with “June,” which is an acoustic song.
As someone who has been a fan of the band for years, I was not disappointed by this EP. If this is what their full-length under Epitaph will sound like, I better buy tissues. This EP is so emotional but doesn’t do it in such an obvious way. You have to listen to the lyrics and then the music enhances what you start feeling. In short: If you like Avion Roe, you won’t be disappointed.