Averkiou "The New Imperative" 7" EP / Digital Download SSR016
Nearing the end of 2011, Averkiou entered Black Bear Studios with producer Ryan Williams. The band went to work recording the best music of their career. After weeks of toiling over a small mountain of overdrive pedals and every reverb you can imagine, four songs were chosen to be "The New Imperative" EP.
When I listen to this record I feel like what I assume guitarist Jay Shuster feels like most of the time--like I'm barefoot, a little stoned, spinning around in circles with a guitar around my neck and a big dumb grin on my face. It's a good feeling. "The New Imperative" revisits some of the band's familiar sounds, a wash of warm guitar fuzz pouring just over Matt Brink's charismatic, verbed-out vocals and Brad Purvis' relentless drumming. It'll bring that same smile to your face with its sharp sense of melody and style, while pummeling your bowels into submission with utter heaviness. There is something about this that feels "new" though. Somehow this EP feels more cohesive than their previous efforts, like a band that has hit their stride. In 2011 the band suffered some growing pains, losing two members and gaining a new one. It seems they have come out the other side stronger than ever. It's almost as if the band wanted to let everyone know that they are indeed at the top of their game.
"Averkiou--pronounced ave-er-queue--are five dudes from Gainesville, Florida, playing toe-tapping steamroller stoner jams...before you start saying that’s a stupid name you can’t spell or pronounce so fuck them, they named the band after Gene and Nicole Averkiou, a brother-sister duo who are very much tight as shit, and naming your band after tight siblings who you're friends with is gold genius."
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE EP IS INCLUDED IMMEDIATELY UPON PURCHASING
150 on orange vinyl
350 on mixed color vinyl