Avon Premiere Video for “Red Barn”; Dave’s Dungeon Available Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan


Much of the hullabaloo surrounding the release of Avon‘s Heavy Psych Sounds debut and second full-length overall, Dave’s Dungeon, has been about the trio’s connections to Californian desert rock. And fair enough. That’s Alfredo Frickin’ Hernandez they’ve got playing drums back there, whose pedigree not only includes stints in Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age but also Yawning Man and Brant Bjork‘s Ché trio as well. So, you know, fair enough as regards desert cred, even before you get to bassist Charles Pasarell having been in Waxy. They could pretty much play anything and an entire contingency of their audience would tag it as desert rock — and that’s not something the band necessarily shies away from.

To wit, the track “Red Barn” is about a venue in Palm Desert, CA, and album tracks like “On Fire,” “Mace Face” and even the semi-title-track “Dungeon Dave” hit that mark avon dave's dungeonstylistically as well. But there’s a dichotomy in what Avon do stylistically that comes in no small part from UK expat guitarist/vocalist James Childs, who isn’t without a desert CV of his own, including time in Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata with Hernandez, but who nonetheless brings a classic psych rock sensibility to “Hero with a Gun” and “Space Native,” while delving into garage rock vibing on “P51.” It’s true that from opener “Yello” through the finale of the six-minute “Was ist Los?,” Avon have their hook-driven, desert rocking impulses present and accounted for, but that’s hardly all that’s going on with Dave’s Dungeon, and it’s that sense of variety that ultimately distinguishes the album from the slew of Kyuss-family-tree groups looking to establish them in the supposedly lifeless span of a landscape that at least for the last two decades has only gotten increasingly crowded.

So what happens at the Red Barn — the cartoon video does the facade of the place justice if the pictures I found online — that’s worth writing a song about? Well, there’s a pool tournament, live music of course, booze being served, and it looks like the usual round of bar/venue this-and-that. What makes the place special? Honestly, I don’t know, as I’ve never been fortunate enough to go there, but it looks like a pretty hip spot — there’s somebody named JJ quoted on the site; it’s not me — and bands have written songs for decades about rooms that hold special memories, so I bet if you asked the members of Avon what it is in particular that inspired “Red Barn,” they might have an answer for you. Let’s try it:

Hey Avon, why “Red Barn?”

We’ll see if they answer and if they do, I’ll update the post. In the meantime, enjoy the video below, which is also a pretty good time.

Dig it:

Avon, “Red Barn” official video premiere

Avon Desert Rock launch into 2018 with a new LP called “Dave’s Dungeon’ and present a fun stop coarse animation video for Red Barn using sketches from tour to piece together a story from the California Desert scene and its key venues during the mid 2000s.

AVON is heavy rock trio formed in California by Alfredo Hernández (former Kyuss, QOTSA), James Childs (Airbus, Little Villains) and Charles Pasarell (Waxy). Their heavy desert rock is psychedelic, raw, melodic and meaningful. Their musical bond comes from years of playing in their respective bands often together in California’s desert cities, Los Angeles and on many European tours.

AVON are:
James Childs – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Pasarell – Bass
Alfredo Hernandez – Drums

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audiObelisk Transmission 065

Posted in Podcasts on February 26th, 2018 by JJ Koczan


I recognize that saying so is the cliché equivalent to writing a song with the same bassline as ‘N.I.B.,’ but if this was December and not February and the year was about to end in a couple weeks’ time, would you really be able to complain about any lack of fantastic releases? It’s been two months and before the next one is out we will have seen and heard new offerings from Corrosion of Conformity, Monster Magnet, Earthless, Fu Manchu and literally hundreds of others. It’s been as awesome as it’s been impossible to keep up with.

This new podcast follows the same model as the last one, vis-a-vis using Spotify as the medium of conveyance. You can see the playlist in the player below, and you may accordingly wonder why I’ve bothered to type it out underneath as well. It’s because streaming sites disappear even quicker than they rise to dominance, and I’m not saying The Obelisk is going to outlast Spotify or anything, but just in case, I like to keep my own records. I appreciate the indulgence on your part.

Awesome mix this time around. No real theme other than it’s new stuff I’ve been listening to a lot and digging. I very much hope you enjoy it as well. 21 tracks. About two and a half hours long.

Thanks for listening and reading:

Track details:

Artist, Track, Album, Runtime
Earthless, “Black Heaven” from Black Heaven, 8:45
Sundrifter, “Targeted” from Visitations, 4:45
Psilocibina, “Acid Jam” from LSD / Acid Jam, 7:08
Blackwater Holylight, “Sunrise” from Blackwater Holylight, 4:51
Fu Manchu, “Clone of the Universe” from Clone of the Universe, 2:57
Green Lung, “Free the Witch” from Free the Witch, 5:55
Monster Magnet, “Mindfucker” from Mindfucker, 4:59
All Souls, “Never Know” from All Souls, 5:59
Red Lama, “Perfect Strangers” from Motions, 6:47
Blackwülf, “Sinister Sides” from Sinister Sides, 4:53
Fuzz Lord, “Worlds Collide” from Fuzz Lord, 6:58
Corrosion of Conformity, “Forgive Me” from No Cross No Crown, 4:06
Apostle of Solitude, “Ruination Be Thy Name” from From Gold to Ash, 6:37
Avon, “Space Native” from Dave’s Dungeon, 4:42
Psychic Lemon, “Exit to the Death Lane” from Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay, 8:32
The Dry Mouths, “Catalonian Cream” from When the Water Smells of Sweat, 4:34
Insect Ark, “Windless” from Marrow Hymns, 8:38
Naxatras, “You Won’t Be Left Alone” from III, 11:17
Mythic Sunship, “Into Oblivion” from Upheaval, 13:56
King Buffalo, “Repeater” from Repeater, 13:40
Hound the Wolves, “Masquerade” from Camera Obscura, 13:10

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Heavy Psych Sounds Announces Vol. III Label Sampler

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

You gotta watch out for these. They’re sneaky. Label samplers can be tricky in general — sometimes it’s nothing but rehashed tracks from years ago with one or two new songs from a band somebody’s trying to push, but with Heavy Psych Sounds, their annual sampler series has been a way of sneaking new tracks out for first public showcases. Last year, new Black Rainbows showed up, and sure enough they appear here as well, and there also seems to be some new stuff from The Freeks included, which as far as I’m concerned is reason enough on its own to chase the thing down. Also Tons will have a track on there ahead of their album release in April, and new Killer Boogie, so yeah, plenty to grab onto, and even the stuff that’s already out — Mother Engine, Fvzz Popvli, The Lords of Altamont, Nick Oliveri — is all still current, and righteous. That “Kyuss Dies” song is hilarious.

Full tracklisting follows here, courtesy of the PR wire:

heavy psych sounds sampler iii

As every Year, my little dear, what we have here is: HPS074 ***HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS SAMPLER VOL.3***

We’re so proud to announce the new Sampler, is the third year we are going to release this, and tracklist look awesome!

You will find it in your HPS boxes when you will purchase from the site, or at some good festival in Europe for free at the merch table, or on tour with HPS bands…

16th MARCH 2018

8th FEBRUARY 2018

Enjoy the tracklist!

Avon – Red Barn
Black Rainbows – High To Hell
Deadsmoke – Emperor Of Shame
Fvzz Popvli – Lost In Time
High Reeper – Die Slow
House Of Broken Promises – Toranado
Killer Boogie – Atomic Race
Monsternaut – Landslide
Mother Engine – Tokamak
Nebula – Between Time
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss Lives) – Kyuss Dies
The Freeks – American Lighning
The Lords Of Altamont – Going Downtown
Tons – 99 Weed Balloons
Turn Me On Dead Man – Vimana
Wedge – Lucid


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The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Short Releases of 2017

Posted in Features on December 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

the obelisk top 20 short releases

Please note: This post is not culled in any way from the Year-End Poll, which is ongoing. If you haven’t yet contributed your favorites of 2017 to that, please do.

This is the hardest list to put together, no question. Don’t get me wrong, I put way too much thought into all of them, but this one is damn near impossible to keep up with. Every digital single, every demo, every EP, every 7″, 10″ one-sided 12″, whatever it is. There’s just too much. I’m not going to claim to have heard everything. Hell, that’s what the comments are for. Let me know what I missed. Invariably, something.

So while the headers might look similar, assuming I can ever remember which fonts I use from one to the next, this list has a much different personality than, say, the one that went up earlier this week with the top 20 debuts of 2017. Not that I heard everyone’s first record either, but we’re talking relative ratios here. The bottom line is please just understand I’ve done my best to hear as much as possible. I’m only one person, and there are only so many hours in the day. Eventually your brain turns into riffy mush.

With that caveat out of the way, I’m happy to present the following roundup of some of what I thought were 2017’s best short releases. That’s EPs, singles, demos, splits — pretty much anything that wasn’t a full-length album, and maybe one or two things that were right on the border of being one. As between genres, the lines are blurry these days. That’s part of what makes it fun.

Okay, enough dawdling. Here we go:


The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Short Releases of 2017

1. Lo-Pan, In Tensions
2. Godhunter, Codex Narco
3. Year of the Cobra, Burn Your Dead
4. Shroud Eater, Three Curses
5. Stubb, Burning Moon
6. Canyon, Canyon
7. Solace, Bird of Ill Omen
8. Kings Destroy, None More
9. Tarpit Boogie, Couldn’t Handle… The Heavy Jam
10. Supersonic Blues, Supersonic Blues Theme
11. Come to Grief, The Worst of Times EP
12. Rope Trick, Red Tape
13. Eternal Black, Live at WFMU
14. IAH, IAH
15. Bong Wish, Bong Wish EP
16. Rattlesnake, Outlaw Boogie Demo
17. Hollow Leg, Murder
18. Mars Red Sky, Myramyd
19. Avon, Six Wheeled Action Man Tank 7″
20. Wretch, Bastards Born

Honorable Mention

Across Tundras, Blood for the Sun / Hearts for the Rain
The Discussion, Tour EP
Fungus Hill, Creatures
Switchblade Jesus & Fuzz Evil, The Second Coming of Heavy – Chapter Seven
The Grand Astoria, The Fuzz of Destiny
Test Meat, Demo
Blood Mist, Blood Mist
Sweat Lodge, Tokens for Hell
Dautha, Den Foerste
Scuzzy Yeti, Scuzzy Yeti
Howling Giant, Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2
Decasia, The Lord is Gone
Bible of the Devil/Leeches of Lore, Split 7″

I can’t imagine I won’t add a name or two or five to this section over the next few days as I think of other things and people remind me of stuff and so on, so keep an eye out, but the point is there’s way more than just what made the top 20. That Across Tundras single would probably be on the list proper just on principle, but I heard it like a week ago and it doesn’t seem fair. Speaking of unfair, The Discussion, Howling Giant, The Grand Astoria and the Bible of the Devil/Leeches of Lore split all deserve numbered placement easily. I might have to make this a top 30 in 2018, just to assuage my own guilt at not being able to include everything I want to include. For now though, yeah, this is just the tip of the doomberg.


To be totally honest with you, that Lo-Pan EP came out Jan. 13 and pretty much had the year wrapped up in my head from that point on. It was going to be hard for anything to top In Tensions, and the Godhunter swansong EP came close for the sense of stylistic adventurousness it wrought alone, and ditto that for Year of the Cobra’s bold aesthetic expansions on Burn Your Dead and Shroud Eater’s droning Three Cvrses, but every time I heard Jeff Martin singing “Pathfinder,” I knew it was Lo-Pan’s year and all doubt left my mind. Of course, for the Ohio four-piece, In Tensions is something of a one-off with the departure already of guitarist Adrian Zambrano, but I still have high hopes for their next record. It would be hard not to.

The top five is rounded out by Stubb’s extended jam/single “Burning Moon,” which was a spacey delight and new ground for them to cover. The self-titled debut EP from Philly psych rockers Canyon, which they’ve already followed up, is next. I haven’t had the chance to hear the new one yet, but Canyon hit a sweet spot of psychedelia and heavy garage that made me look forward to how they might develop, so I’ll get there sooner or later. Solace’s return was nothing to balk at with their cassingle “Bird of Ill Omen” and the Sabbath cover with which they paired it, and though Kings Destroy weirded out suitably on the 14-minute single-song EP None More, I hear even greater departures are in store with their impending fourth LP, currently in progress.

A couple former bandmates of mine feature in Tarpit Boogie in guitarist George Pierro and bassist John Eager, and both are top dudes to be sure, but even if we didn’t have that history, it would be hard to ignore the tonal statement they made on their Couldn’t Handle… The Heavy Jam EP. If you didn’t hear it, go chase it down on Bandcamp. Speaking of statements, Supersonic Blues’ Supersonic Blues Theme 7″ was a hell of an opening salvo of classic boogie that I considered to be one of the most potential-laden offerings of the year. Really. Such warmth to their sound, but still brimming with energy in the most encouraging of ways. Another one that has to be heard to be believed.

The dudes are hardly newcomers, but Grief offshoot Come to Grief sounded pretty fresh — and raw — on their The Worst of Times EP, and the Massachusetts extremists check in right ahead of fellow New Englangers Rope Trick, who are an offshoot themselves of drone experimentalists Queen Elephantine. Red Tape was a demo in the demo tradition, and pretty formative sounding, but seemed to give them plenty of ground on which to develop their aesthetic going forward, and I wouldn’t ask more of it than that.

Eternal Black gave a much-appreciated preview of their Bleed the Days debut long-player with Live at WFMU and earned bonus points for recording it at my favorite radio station, while Argentine trio IAH probably went under a lot of people’s radar with their self-titled EP but sent a fervent reminder that that country’s heavy scene is as vibrant as ever. Boston-based psych/indie folk outfit Bong Wish were just the right combination of strange, melodic and acid-washed to keep me coming back to their self-titled EP on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, and as Adam Kriney of The Golden Grass debuted his new project Rattlesnake with the Outlaw Boogie demo, the consistency of his songcraft continued to deliver a classic feel. Another one to watch out for going into the New Year.

I wasn’t sure if it was fair to include Hollow Leg’s Murder or not since it wound up getting paired with a special release of their latest album, but figured screw it, dudes do good work and no one’s likely to yell about their inclusion here. If you want to quibble, shoot me a comment and quibble away. Mars Red Sky only released Myramyd on vinyl — no CD, no digital — and I never got one, but heard a private stream at one point and dug that enough to include them here anyway. They remain perennial favorites.

Avon, who have a new record out early in 2018 on Heavy Psych Sounds, delivered one of the year’s catchiest tracks with the “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” single. I feel like I’ve had that song stuck in my head for the last two months, mostly because I have. And Wretch may or may not be defunct at this point — I saw word that drummer Chris Gordon was leaving the band but post that seems to have disappeared now, so the situation may be in flux — but their three-songer Bastards Born EP was a welcome arrival either way. They round out the top 20 because, well, doom. Would be awesome to get another LP out of them, but we’ll see I guess.

One hopes that nothing too egregious was left off, but one again, if there’s something you feel like should be here that isn’t, please consider the invitation to leave a comment open and let me know about it. Hell, you know what? Give me your favorites either way, whether you agree with this list or not. It’s list season, do it up. I know there’s the Year-End Poll going, and you should definitely contribute to that if you haven’t, but what was your favorite EP of the year? The top five? Top 10? I’m genuinely curious. Let’s talk about it.

Whether you have a pick or not (and I hope you do), thanks as always for reading. May the assault of short releases continue unabated in 2018 and beyond.

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Avon Announce Details for Dave’s Dungeon; Album out Feb. 23; Preorders Tomorrow

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan


Oh, the radness. Sheer desert radness. If you want a sonic touchstone for Avon‘s Heavy Psych Sounds debut and second album overall, Dave’s Dungeon, I might at least on first impression point you to the bouncing desert jangle of Fatso Jetson‘s work in the ’90s when it comes to opener “Yello” or the rush of the sub-three-minute “Red Barn,” but that doesn’t at all account for the flute-laden acoustic psych of “Hero with a Gun,” the hypnotic repetitions of “Space Native” (are those sampled seagulls I hear?) or the classic ’60s element that James Childs‘ British-accented vocals brings to the material overall.

I’m still making my way through the record as I write this, and it’s not out until Feb. 23, so there’s plenty of time for a proper review to take shape, but by way of an early heads up, I’m digging the hell out of it so far, the songwriting and performance is top notch and this one has the chance to be a real gem. So keep an eye out. Preorders start tomorrow.

The PR wire brings cover art and some more background on the tracks. Dig it:

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Desert rock trio AVON share details about second album “Dave’s Dungeon” to be released on Heavy Psych Sounds!

California-based heavy rock trio AVON (with ex-Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age drummer Alfredo Hernandez) unveil all details about their upcoming sophomore album on HPS Records in February 2018.

AVON is heavy rock trio formed in California by Alfredo Hernández (former Kyuss, QOTSA), James Childs (Airbus, Little Villains) and Charles Pasarell (Waxy). Their heavy desert rock is psychedelic, raw, melodic and meaningful. Their musical bond comes from years of playing in their respective bands often together in California’s desert cities, Los Angeles and on many European tours.

Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by James Childs, “Dave’s Dungeon” boldly follows debut LP “Mad Marco”, and showcases the band’s evolution towards more rawness, defiance and certainly packing a punch. The group is on fire! “Yello” kicks off the album clearly showing the band’s roots in punk rock delivered with an “in your face” clarity. Meanwhile, “Terraformations settles you into a machine-like “robot rock” ride, telling stories of human conquest and immediately providing the listener with classic Hernandez drumming and Childs’ distinctive guitar style, bound with solid bass riffing from Pasarell. Next in line is a more in-your-face yet personal punk track about gigging at the “Red Barn”, a famous venue in the Californian desert. “Hero with a Gun” shows the band’s talent for dreamy instrumentation, melody and production, conjuring thoughts of California on the big screen.

“Mace Face” is a pure heavy rock Avon standard that will delightfully punch its way through your heart! Side two explodes with “P51”, killer Maiden-style shredding and harmonics giving a frenzied picture of the classic American fighter aircraft. Kicking back in the desert with “Space Native” and realizing how big and lost one can feel, only to snap right back to reality with “On Fire”, agreeing to disagree in a nod to some schoolboy led heroes. “Dungeon Dave” obviously refers to the album title, and represents a very special, almost utopic place for the band when they were on tour in Europe. The album comes to a close with just three words: “Was ist Los?”, performed with their unmistakeable space rock style that will surely be a classic Avon mantra, simply meaning – what is wrong?

“Dave’s Dungeon” will be issued on LTD Solid Yellow vinyl, Black vinyl, CD and digital formats. Vinyl and CD pre-orders will be available from November 17th on Heavy Psych Sounds website.

AVON New album “Dave’s Dungeon”
Out February 23rd on Heavy Psych Sounds
Pre-orders start November 17th HERE

1. Yello
2. Terraformations
3. Red barn
4. Hero With A Gun
5. Mace Face
6. P51
7. Space Native
8. On Fire
9. Dungeon Dave
10. Was Ist Los?

AVON are:
James Childs – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Pasarell – Bass
Alfredo Hernandez – Drums


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Avon Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; New Album Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 10th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Cali-based desert rockers Avon unveiled their H42 Records single Six-Wheeled Action Man Tank here this past Spring before embarking on a considerable round of European touring that included stops at Desertfest in London and Berlin. The trio, who just so happen to boast the considerable percussive presence of former Kyuss/Yawning Man drummer Alfredo Hernandez in their ranks, have signed to Heavy Psych Sounds to issue the follow-up to the 2016 debut album, Mad Marco, which is expected out in February.

And onto the list of 2018’s most anticipated records it goes. Not that said list is in progress or anything. Oh wait, yes it is. Why would I even feel the need to keep that shit a secret?

Whatever. Save me, PR wire!


Heavy rockers AVON signing for Heavy Psych Sounds Records for the new album!!!

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to announce the signing of Californian rockers Avon. The band which features the mighty Alfredo Hernandez (ex Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age) is going to release the sophomore album via Heavy Psych Sounds in february 2018.

The band features the mighty Alfredo Hernandez who has played on some of the very best Desert Rock Albums ever, including ‘and The Circus Leaves Town’ by Kyuss and the critically acclaimed self titled debut LP by Queens of the Stoneage.

His distinctive drum sound can also be heard on Josh Homme’s desert sessions where Alfredo worked with many acclaimed musicians. He teamed up with fellow desert musician and former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork for the Che Sounds of Liberation album. He is also a founding member along with Gary Arce and Mario Lali of the experimental psychedelic instrumental group Yawning Man. He worked again with Nick Oliveri in Mondo Generator. Over the last decade Alfredo has worked with Avon’s lead singer James and with former Kyuss member Chris Cockrell in Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata signing to Cargo records Germany and performing on four studio albums and two live releases.

James Childs saw success with British rock group Airbus and it was indeed one of the last artists of it’s kind to sign to the label giant BMG for a deal with a large advance for recording and development before the millennium. James has also seen success in Film and Televison having written the theme tune to Disney’s worldwide hit cartoon “Kick Buttowski”.

Charles Pasarell is a musician from the California desert who had cut his teeth with the Palm Springs band ‘Waxy’ that has worked with the likes of Kyuss singer John Garcia and toured with successful artists such as Volbeat. Waxy later went on to tour with Kyuss Lives. In 2005 he toured Europe on the same bill with Alfredo and James in Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata and again in 2007 with James and members of his UK group Airbus. Since 2007 Charles joined LA based Honky Tonk Punk band ‘Devastaing Karate’ releasing a string of albums and touring America. Charles joined James for the Lakota project in 2014 and also payed bass with ‘Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata’ prior to the formation of Avon with Alfredo.

AVON released their debut LP called Mad Marco on Spira Records in 2016 and have already completed 4 tours in Europe including Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium and UK. They also appeared at the prestigious London and Berlin desert fests in 2017 supporting their H42 records release ‘Six Wheeled Action Man Tank’.

AVON are
James Childs – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Pasarell – Bass
Alfredo Hernandez – Drums


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Avon Premiere New Single “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank”; UK/EU Tour Starts April 26

Posted in audiObelisk on April 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan


Desert rock trio Avon begin their next round of tour dates in the UK and Europe on April 26. Anytime you can write words about a group like, “features former members of Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age/Yawning Man,” that’s a noteworthy opportunity not to be missed, but Avon — which in addition to drummer Alfredo Hernandez, who played in the three landmark acts above at one point or another (as well as Brant Bjork‘s underrated and shortlived Che), also includes English transplant James Childs (Vic du Monte’s Persona Non Grata) and Waxy’s Charles Pasarell — prove to be more than the sum of their pedigree. Having made their debut in 2016 with the full-length Mad Marco on their own Spira Records, the band mark their return trip abroad this spring with a new single on H42 Records, given the righteous title Six Wheeled Action Man Tank.

Should you ever doubt that the roots of desert rock are in a grown-up version of punk: don’t. The hook of Avon‘s “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank,” catchy and as straightforward as it could possibly be, is a fervent reminder otherwise. Unpretentious in tone and straightforward in its structure, the song and its B-side counterpart, “The Kurgan” (like inavon six wheeled action man tank The Highlander!), both stand at right around three and a half minutes long, both are catchy as hell and neither neglects melody in their delivery of that catchiness. Taken one into the next, they demonstrate how unnecessary tonal trickery is when you have quality songcraft, and whether it’s the garage-style push of “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” or the warmer vision of grunge in “The Kurgan,” ChildsPasarell and Hernandez give a quick showing of groove and push in these tracks that, while they probably don’t need to do much convincing anyway, should have no trouble lodging themselves in the frontal lobes of their audiences for the coming run in the UK, Germany and Belgium.

That tour, by the way, includes stops at Desertfest London and Desertfest Berlin 2017, and plenty of clubs besides, so while “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” may or may not actually be about a plastic toy, the three-piece seem to be using it as a standard to live up to as well. Fair enough. May they roll over anything and everything in their path. You know, with rock and roll. Not actually with a tank. That would be weird and probably illegal.

Go ahead and get Avon‘s “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” stuck in your head by streaming the premiere of the track on the player below. I hear tell they’ll have copies on hand from H42 Records by the time they get to Desertfest.

Comment from Childs on the track and the tour dates follow beneath.

Please enjoy:

James Childs on “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank”:

After getting back from our recent Mad Marco tour, right away we knew that we needed to record “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” as the song killed it on every show! We are very excited about H42 Records releasing the track on 7″ limited vinyl and super stoked about being invited to Desertfest both in London and Berlin along with 18 more tour dates for us to smash out!

AVON UK & EU Tour Dates:
April 26 The Old Ham Tree Holt UK
April 27 The Greyhound Midsomer Norton UK
April 28 The Old Road Tavern Chippenham UK
April 29 Desertfest London UK
April 30 Desertfest Berlin DE
May 1 Jagerklause Berlin DE
May 3 Schaubude Kiel DE
May 04 Bambi Galore Hamburg DE
May 5 Chemiefabrik Dreden DE
May 6 Ragga Oelsnitz DE
May 7 Black Label Leipzig DE
May 8 Cosmic Dawn Jena DE
May 9 Alltra Chemnitz DE
May 10 Limes Cologne DE
May 11 Gerber 3 Weimar DE
May 12 Rare Guitar Munster DE
May 13 Freak Show Essen DE
May 14 JH Tijl Diest BE
May 16 Radio Benelux Paal BE

Avon are:
Alfredo Hernández (Ex-Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Che)
James Childs (Vic Du Monte’s Persona Non Grata, Airbus, Little Villains)
Charles Pasarell (WAXY)

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Avon Post Cover Art & Audio Snippet for Six Wheeled Action Man Tank

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Anyone who’s ever asked ‘what’s in a title?’ should have to write out Six Wheeled Action Man Tank 100 times on the blackboard. Cali desert rockers Avon offer a weighty answer to that cliche-as-hell question with the likewise weighty title of their new single. Being a trio, the name of the track may or may not actually refer to the band itself, but either way, there’s artwork posted and an audio snippet playing now and it’ll be out on H42 Records in time for Avon — which draws pedigree lines to the likes of Kyuss, Vic du Monte and Waxy — to hit Europe at the end of next month for Desertfest 2017 in London and Berlin and other shows besides, so right on.

Plus, if you missed it, it’s friggin’ called Six Wheeled Action Man Tank. I don’t care what bands you used to be or are still in — you call your single Six Wheeled Action Man Tank, you automatically win. Look out, Best Short Releases of 2017 list.

From the PR wire:


AVON unvealed cover artwork + first audio snippet for new upcoming 7″ on H42 RECORDS

OUT april 2017

We are so happy to present you the cover art for the new upcoming Avon 7″ ‘Six Wheeled Action Man Tank”.

Avon are:
Alfredo Hernández (Ex-Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, …)
James Childs (Vic Du Monte’s Persona Non Grata, Airbus, Little Villains)
Charles Pasarell (WAXY)

AVON play heavy rock and are from California USA. The music is psychedelic, raw, melodic and has something to say. Their musical bond comes from years of playing in their respective bands often together in California’s desert cities, Los Angeles and on many European tours. Each member brings with them influence and experience to form a unique and driven sound. So if you like heavy desert rock, then you have come to the right place. After their 2016 debut ‘Mad Marco’ they will be back soon on european stages with new tunes!

confirmed dates so far
April 29 Desertfest London
April 30 Desertfest Berlin
May 04 Bambi Galore, Hamburg
May 10 Limes, Cologne
May 12 Rare Guitar, Munster
May 13 Freak Show, Essen


Avon, “Six Wheeled Action Man Tank” snippet

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