Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avenues on Way to Wider Audience; after Releasing Their Debut Single, Avenues Chat to SARAH JEFFERY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Avenues on Way to Wider Audience; after Releasing Their Debut Single, Avenues Chat to SARAH JEFFERY

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Byline: SARAH JEFFERY

INDIE rock band Avenues are hoping their success contines after their sell-out single launch.

The Newcastle four-piece initially started life a as a trio in a student kitchen in Byker when Josh, Liam and Connor came together in the summer of 2012, before Karl joined the band in early 2013.

Guitarist and singer Josh explains: "Me, Liam and Conor started out together in a student kitchen in Byker a while ago now, just messing around really. Liam's brother Karl joined us about a year ago, at which point we started gigging and getting some initial recordings down.

"From there we have gone on to progressively bigger and better shows, supporting bands such as JAWS, Troumaca and Dreadzone on their UK tours."

Since coming together two years ago, the band have developed their sound and are known for playing energetic songs that reflect real experiences and emotions through their combination of 'heart on sleeve' lyrics and emotive musical melodies.

Drummer Conor says: "I think when we started we thought we were going to sound like bands that me and Josh listened to quite a lot, Editors, The Smiths, stuff like that. But over time our sound has become more of a culmination of the wide range of influences that each of us have. From stuff like The Rolling Stones through to more contemporary Indie bands."

Alongside Josh Cowey and Conor McBride in Avenues are siblings Liam Hall (bass guitar) and Karl Hall (electric guitar).

Being a fledging band, Avenues are thrilled with their success so far and are grateful for the support from fans and fellow North East acts.

Liam explains: "We've been getting some really good reviews, from the radio play we've had on shows like BBC Introducing as well as from magazines and people at our shows."

The lads are building up a loyal fan base as they've noticed people keep coming back to see them again, which Conor says "is really encouraging". …

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