Every Avenue has been on this year’s edition of the Alternative Press touring, joining Never Shout Never and Hey Monday for mostly sold out shows all across the country. Their recent CD Picture Perfect on Fearless Records has been gaining them a good deal of fans, and they played many of the new songs live. Even with life on the road, Every Avenue found time to contribute a track to the just released Punk Goes Classic Rock compilation. After their House Of Blues show in West Hollywood, we decided to catch up with Every Avenue – here is their report card from the road…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Every Avenue, and how long the band has been together.
My name is David and I sing in the band Every Avenue. We were together for a while before we got signed, but we’ve been touring non-stop and recording for the past 4+ years.
Where is the band from and what is your local music scene like there?
We are from Michigan in a town outside of Detroit called Port Huron. Detroit has a pretty good music scene but it was always hard for us to find bands like us that we could play with or open for or whatever. Our town (Port Huron) had a big hardcore scene that kind of took over and eventually was the reason our only venue is this small town got shut down. The venue turned into a place for these kids to go fight and start shit rather than go and enjoy music and local bands. But after 5 years its back open haha
How has the Alternative Press doing been going and what have been some of the highlights?
This tour has been amazing. I know you probably think we say that about every tour, but this is seriously the best tour I’ve ever been on. Mostly because of the people and the vibe they all create. All that bands are amazing people. And they all care so much. All the crew and everyone is amazing. I could go on and on about how amazing this tour is. But really it has been the best tour with the best people and bands I’ve been on so far.
What did you think of the show at the House Of Blues in Hollywood? It was rather packed there!
Hollywood is always one of my favorite places to play. Especially the House Of Blues. It’s one of those shows you wake up all early for and you’re excited to play. That venue is amazing and the kids in LA are always incredible. So far that show has been one of my favorites.
You wrote with a few different partners on the Picture Perfect CD. What was it like working with Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s on the title track?
Yes we did and it was the most fun I’ve ever had working on a record. Tom called one day and just said “Hey, I wanna be part of this record!” So he came in and we thought of a part he could do and he killed it. He was in and out haha. But it’s always interesting to see how other people work in the studio.
Another songwriting partner was Ryan Key on Yellowcard. What was that experience like working with him?
Working with Ryan was amazing. I was a big Yellowcard fan growing up so getting to show him ideas and write a song with him was an amazing experience. But actually working with him was easy. Its fun writing with guys that are in bands and have been touring and everything. Its like you just click. And we all had fun.
Where did you get the ideas for some of the song lyrics on Picture Perfect? Please cite two songs on the CD and what inspired the lyrics.
For most all the songs on the record we got the ideas from every day life. Things we’ve been through with relationships friends, family and just everyday experiences.
Tell Me I’m A Wreck is a song about being in that relationship where you pretty much go “Why am I with this person? All they do is make me feel like shit” haha. Trying to make someone happy when they don’t let you make them happy.
Picture Perfect is a song about a situation that I think everyone deals with in some way. No matter what it is you do or you wanna do, someone along the way is gonna tell you no, or you’re not good enough. Or shit’s gonna go wrong and make you question what you’re doing. This song is about all the people we’ve dealt with telling us no and saying we need to get a real job or do something else. But all those people did was inspire us more and made us work harder to get to where we are.
Warped Tour is coming this year. Will you be in it and what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped Tour for the very first time?
We are actually doing a summer headline this year instead of Warped Tour. We’ve done Warped the past two years and it was a crazy awesome brutal tour. My advice to bands is be ready to work. And sleep every second you get haha. Warped Tour is one of the best way to get your name out there. Go around pass out flyers. Your CD. Merch. Everything. Just talk to everyone. Also be prepared not to shower for a long time. You won’t have time for laundry or anything. But also be ready for the time of your life.
What made you decide to cover the song Take Me Home Tonight for Punk Goes Classic Rock and are you a big Eddie Money fan?
I always loved that song and Eddie Money. So it was a pretty easy choice when we got asked to do it.
You have a few acoustic videos up on your Myspace. Would you ever want to do an all acoustic album or tour and do you enjoy playing acoustic?
I would LOVE to do an acoustic album. I wanted to do the songs for the videos at a studio so we could put them up online and everything, but we didn’t have time so we did the videos haha
How many entries did you receive in the Every Avenue Cover Contest and how was it to go through all of the entries? Were there any entries that were memorable for all of the wrong reasons?
I think we had like 15 videos for the contest. But it was fun going through them all and just seeing that people took time out of their day to do something. There were a lot that were just funny as crap and really good, but we only picked three! Sorrrrrry haha
Any plans immediately following the AP tour?
Yes! We are going to the UK to play Slamdunk Fest and were doing our first UK headliner. I can’t wait – its gonna be amazing.
Do you have any messages for your fans here in the Los Angeles area?
YES! If you have a couch we can come live on (or a bed), hit me up. We Love LA and want to move away from MI haha. But seriously, thanks to everyone who comes out to the shows and supports us! We’ll see you soon!
(Interview and live pix from the AP Tour by Kenneth Morton)
Every Avenue on Myspace