“We never really were looking to
become a certain type of band.
We were just looking to find a new vehicle
to change the direction of our writing.”
The two brothers Scott and Seth grew up with instruments but it was not until the year 2000 when their artistic paths crossed and they keep growing with their music ever since. Starting out as “ramshackle acoustic three-piece” The Avett Brothers (with Bob Crawford on upright bass) turned into an incredibly versatile combo of musicians spreading their message nested in a full range of emotions. A sound the San Francisco Chronicle years ago depicted as “the heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones”…
Sadness and soul
The brother’s first years of making music under their family name mark a journey of personal growth and artistic evolution: enthusiasm and drive in learning new instruments in order to (re)define their sound or maybe even discovering it. Five years after their debut it was the 2007 release Emotionalism that attracted interest of a wider audience. The album also marked the first appearance of cellist Joe Kwon who turned the band into quartet and added yet another timbre. Their final breakthrough came with the 2009 major label debut I and Love and You. The first single of the same name has been released via free digital download before this according to Paste “overpowering acoustic album brimming with sadness and soul” gained further recognition. Diverse public appearances followed and it took almost two years until The Avett Brothers returned to the studio with two more albums in fall 2012 and 2013, nearly reaching the frequency of releases during their early years.
Even though the intimacy of their early shows naturally vanished with the crowds growing, but there’s still a certain sense of familiarity and curiosity to be found. The amazingly energetic onstage performance paired with honest lyrics and their uplifting spirit make them a truly remarkable live gig. An extraordinary spectrum of soundscapes and vibe fill the space while they swap instruments in an astounding regularity. You don’t see a bunch of people making music, you feel them living it…
Another signature song from their breakthrough album marks Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, an impressive composition and musical harmony that carries the moral message of the song. In the video the song is nestling in the beautiful artwork of Jason Mitcham who not only added layers of colours but also enriched the dimension of the message in a wonderful way. The “Making Of” video provides a deeper insight on the work behind the art and reveals a striking story behind the canvas…
“We always like to keep it in the forward motion.”