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The Avantist to Bring "Truth In Light" To The Burlington On 10/29


I've always had a certain envy for family bands. I mean, they must butt heads like all families do, but it has to be so easy to develop amazing chemistry when you've grown up playing music together. And if you're The Avantist and there's four of you, all brothers, you don't even need to bring any of your friends in to play bass or keyboards. Fernando, Erick, David, and Luis Arias will bring their sibling act to The Burlington Bar on Thursday night, playing in a garage pop-heavy lineup with Soddy Daisy, Bloom, and Mama (who will be performing a ZZ Top cover set).

The Avantist recently dropped the first single off their upcoming album TERASOMA, "Truth In Light," and it represents a shift in the band's direction from their past adrenaline-laced melodic punk to a shinier, more spacious sound that allows Fernando's vocals room to soar. He pleads to some savior (it sounds like God, but could easily be a lover or ) for answers, which he gets in the song's catchy chorus as a ghostly swell of choir lifts him up and across the bridge. The steady work of Luis behind the drums and Erick on bass holds "Truth in Light" together through the sparse verses, allowing guitarist David to explore intricate little riffs that explode into pounding chords when the song grows more intense.

"Truth in Light's" strength lies in its dynamic shifts, which The Avantist handles with the precision of a neurosurgeon. Erick's leaping basslines in the chorus stand out in this regard, as does the reverb-laden atmosphere David creates during the bridge. While the song seems to dilly dally and loses a bit of momentum in the second verse and just before the bridge, overall the poppy melodies, muscular instrumental work, and above all Fernando's voice--just the right amount of nose, with strong range--remind me of another band of four brothers: Kings of Leon.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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