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The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

October 20, 2009
The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You

Written By: Lindsey Hecht

Label: American – Rating:

Ingredients to musical genius cascade over me each time I hear The Avett Brothers take the stage. I’ve seen them live three times now: once in a massive gorge as the sun set over a canyon filled with water, once for a toured show put on in a musical theater, and finally got the chance to hear them live in an intimate setting on the front porch of my workplace with no more than 100 people. I stand by my word, and in no way can I be swayed when I say that in every setting The Avett Brothers manage to excel at what they do best: perform.

Popping strings left and right during shows, they have been playing for years across the country, but only recently have they become famous in the public eye. Though their names are Scott, Seth and Bob – to me they might as well be called ‘The Harmonious Superheroes.’ The Avett Brothers, as humbled and normal as they are in real life, can’t refute the fact that they have reached a new level of modern day music with their newest album I and Love and You. Their ability to harmonize with one another, while hopping from instrument to instrument between songs, is simply innate talent. They were born to play, tour, sing, entertain and if that isn’t enough – they were also born to write. The lyrics in their music are well thought out, heart-felt and just plain breathtaking.

Often over-looked for being a little less catchy is their ninth album track, ‘Ill with want.’ However, for me, the lyrics immediately jumped out and the song became a quick favorite as a result of its sheer honesty.” I am sick with wanting and it’s evil and it’s daunting / How I let everything I cherish lay to waste / I am lost in greed, this time it’s definitely me / I point fingers but there’s no one there to blame.”

But as said above, this album is great for more than just lyrics. ‘Kick Drum Heart,’ is clever as they integrate the instruments to manifest the lyrics: “M-My heart like a kick drum,” paired with an 8-count of powerful thumps. And ‘Laundry Room’ demonstrates their ability rock-out hard and fast as a cohesive band of raw force, while ‘Slight Figure of Speech’ shows that the band can even Rap, not to mention that they do it well!

As a band of three (though joined by Joe Kwon on the cello), they cover Banjo, Rhythm Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion, Hammond B-3, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, and Stand-up Bass. Off the bat, you might refer to them as a folk-blues or country band, but please don’t! This group has so much more to offer than what meets the initial ear – and if you think they’re not your genre, I still urge you to give them a chance because I guarantee you’ll find something else about them to love. As they revolutionize simple music with complex meaning, they have often been referred to as ‘The Beatles of Bluegrass.’

I highly recommend you go out and buy this album – and although any homage I give to this band will not nearly do them justice, I end this review with 4 flaming-hot, fired guns and say to The Avett Brothers: “I and Love and You.”

The Avett Brothers

July 29, 2009

Written By: Josh Wright

“We came for salvation. We came for family. We came for all that’s good, that’s how we’ll walk away. We came to break the bad. We came to cheer the sad. We came to leave behind the world a better way,” sang the four gentlemen as they held hands on stage.

No music behind them, just the 2,000+ screaming fans in the Roanoke Performing Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia as they closed their show. This is the third time I’ve been lucky enough to witness the Avett Brothers live in concert. The first was in Hanford, California: a small agriculture town in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The second was at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.

Each audience was markedly different: the small town, the progressive northwest, and the Bible belt. But also, each show had the same result. The Avetts were gracious and willing to thrill the crowd with their endless energy.

The band is made up of Seth and Scott Avett, they play the banjo and guitar respectively. Alongside the brothers is Bob Crawford on a stand up bass and Joe Kwon on the Cello. The brothers hail from the moderately sized Concord, North Carolina. Their music has traditional bluegrass notions throughout, but they have incorporated fresh ideas into making a palatable strand of roots music. People walk out of these shows with the inherent knowledge that true beauty has been witnessed.

Each audience member knows full well that the Avett Brothers were born to sing together, born to write songs, born to be a traveling band on America’s highways. The word passion, commonly tossed around with nonchalance, is one of the only words one can muster in the wake of their live show. Ask anyone who has seen them: I guarantee they’ll say the same. When Seth and Scott harmonize, none can doubt the power of watching a group of individuals demonstrate their destiny.

It felt fateful through the concert hall. The same force that brought this band together to sing about love has brought the audience here to wonder in its rays. At some point in each show, I’ve wept like a child. I can’t help it. I think it’s just my reaction to witnessing purity through an art form. When I wipe my eyes clean, my soul and the band causing these tears of unadulterated joy appear even more refined than before. Music that brings tears, that jams on your heart-strings gives indescribable gifts. I won’t even attempt to describe the feeling; I’ll just implore anyone I meet to listen.

The Avett Brothers have toured the entirety of this country. I’m damn sure that each of these shows were under the same lines as the ones I have witnessed. They are pulling thousands of heads in every town they go, and each of those heads are now filled with the Avett Brothers’ own brand of good news. Being a logical, deductive fellow, I’d say that the Avett Brothers are popular music in America. I’ll take it further: The Avett Brothers are the next great American band. Don’t be shocked kids, it’s really easy to see.

The age range of each of these shows went from the kids menu to AARP cards. A hefty percentage was still the 18-25, but that’s neither here nor there. What is, however, here and now is what has brought America together one venue, one city at a time. The Avetts sing about themes every male and female have on their brain incessantly. If you have been heavy in the throws of love or cursing it’s name as you shout to the stars or any of the emotions that lie on the continuum in between; I’d bet the Avett Brothers have a song about it.

What makes this great band even greater is the same idea any timeless writer has used to elevate themselves: universality. When one works through themes that everyone knows, or will know, a potential is born. It’s the potential for immortality, the potential to be passed down through generations. It’s the potential for a band to reach their own personal infinite.

I appreciate what they do, if for nothing else because of its rarity. All too often are music acts brazen and arrogant because of their given talent. The Avett Brothers are respectful, thankful, and thrilled to purvey their music to any who are willing to listen. They are a band that can tell us all about what binds us and reminds us. They are a band that has it oozing from every pore. They are a band that does it for all the right reasons. They are a band that might save the 2000’s from being the decade remembered by American Idol. They are a band I hope land in every home in America. They are a band that has every right to be the face of American music.