The new album from North Carolina psychedelic indie-rockers the Birds of Avalon, Bazaar Bazaar is an exciting whirlwind psych-prog-pop rawk record in the tradition of Cheap Trick, Blue Cheer and Thin Lizzy. " - WXPN in Philadelphia
"It’s the sound of mirror shades, beaver hunts, shag-carpeted muscle vans and cleaning your weed on a gatefold sleeve. In the words of Geezer Butler (or was it Roger Glover?)—stonkin’!" - Harp Magazine
"BOA shudders and roars with the acid-burnt psychedelic prog/blues bluster of the '60s shot through with contemporary punk/pop energy and invention." - Chord Magazine
"70s guitar jams that would do Lynyrd Skynyrd proud" - Outburn Magazine
"Tap a Coors party ball and grow your hair out." - Alternative Press
"Bazaar Bazaar is a lesson in classic rock 'n roll" - Pastepunk.com
After a 7-year stint in a prison van with the double drum, frenetic rock n’ roll assault known as The Cherry Valence, guitarists Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler, felt a growing desire to move on. In a final whirlwind year that saw The Cherry Valence touring Europe multiple times, the couple, Kumar and Siler, got married and made the difficult decision to divorce their band.
Returning home hitched and band-less, they began late night clandestine meetings with neighbor and local crooner Craig Tilley (The Weather), where they hatched a plan to form Birds of Avalon and laid the foundation for what was to become the first batch of Birds Of Avalon songs. Still needing to round out their line up they snared their favorite area drummer Scott Nurkin (Dynamite Brothers) and soon added multi-instrumentalist and fanatical 4 tracker, David Mueller on bass.
With the release of their debut full length, Bazaar Bazaar, Birds Of Avalon have developed a unique psychedelic meets progressive sound that yields feelings that transcend the conventions of both. Skillfully channeling elements of a time in Rock since past, while maintaining their place in the lineage of North Carolinian independent rock heritage. Easily traversing an area between raw blues rock and atmospheric pysch-pop. Birds Of Avalon “can tear it up in a three-minute barn-burner or lure you into an extended psychedelic journey, wandering schizophrenically like a Brian May guitar solo,” so says Jens Lekman of Cincinnati City Beat.
Bazaar Bazaar was released on May 22nd on Volcom Entertainment and was recorded and produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active, Wilco), Greg Elkins and Brian Quast.
Watch Birds of Avalon shred HERE
"It sounded like Sloan gone psych. No, it sounded like Led Zeppelin gone pop. No, that's not quite it either. Black Sabbath meets The Beatles? In fact it's none of those, but the truth lies somewhere in the middle of those comparisons.” - Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist, Donewaiting, Tankboy)
"Like Led Zeppelin psychedelic blues, Black Sabbath's bag of riffs and a love for all things rockin' from the '60s and '70s... The band's debut is a freewheelin' ode to most of what's great about rock'n'roll." - Aversion.com
"The record is so ceaselessly accessible I can't help but call it charming." - The Chicago Reader
"The North Carolina-based group has released a surprisingly strong debut with Bazaar Bazaar, a chugging pop-rock (with emphasis on the latter) effort in a space where ELO, Wolfmother and Sweet coalesce." - The Houston Press
“Led by a pair of guitarists who seem, by sheer force, to be powering their amplifiers rather than the other way around, Birds of Avalon make thunderous, precise rock with enough proggy smarts to keep you on your toes.” Steve Haruch for the Nashville Scene
"Where the Cherry Valence perfected a hybrid of AC/DC, Motörhead, the MC5, and the classic-rock-by-way-of-garage-punk revivalism of the Hellacopters, Birds of Avalon are more about layers, psychedelia, and the song." - Memphis Flyer
“A band capable of delivering three-minute rock bliss and expansive psychedelic workouts with equal chops.” – Salt Lake Tribune
BIRDS OF AVALON US Tour Dates:
Volcom Tour w/ Riverboat Gamblers, Valient Thorr, Totimoshi, ASG, and more!
8/28/2007 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
8/29/2007 Peabody's Cleveland , OH
8/30/2007 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
8/31/2007 The Basement Columbus, OH
9/1/2007 Subterranean Chicago, IL
9/2/2007 The Rave/Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
w/ Fucking Champs!
9/7/2007 Dante's Portland, OR
9/8/2007 Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA
9/16/2007 Aquarium Fargo, ND
9/17/2007 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
9/18/2007 Waiting Room Omaha, NE
9/19/2007 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
9/20/2007 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
9/21/2007 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
w/ The Flaming Lips!
9/24 Lonestar Pavilion @ Sunset Station San Antonio, TX
9/25 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
9/28 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
9/30 Agora Theater Cleveland, OH
10/1 Clutch Cargos Detroit, MI
10/3 Amos Southend Charlotte, NC
Stream "Bazaar Bazaar" HERE!
"Bazaar Bazaar" Tracklist:
1. Bicentennial Baby
2. Horse Called Dust
3. Instant Coma
4. Set You Free
6. Taking Trains
8. Where’s My Blood?
9. Turn Gold
11. Lost Pages From the Robot Repair Manual
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