Friday, June 30, 2006

Strategies of Beauty Profile: Eat Avery's Bones (By Defensive Listening)

I don't know what else I can tell you about this band other than that I choose them to be the best (or most entertaining, at least) act playing Strategies of Beauty. I know that's a pretty serious statement when made about such a young band, but I stand by it. They combine so many daring feats of noise and musical acrobatics that they could ride on just one of the many ideas they use to attack an audience. Eight-bit keyboard melodies, skeletal guitar shrapnel, frantic vocals, and a constantly shifting tempo that includes everything from disco beats to Ruins-like revisionist prog references, all played with genuine smiles, ridiculously irreverent banter, and not the slightest bit of pretentiousness. This band's youthful enthusiasm will melt your cynical heart. Well, I've gushed about them enough and I found their responses to my band bio request to be almost as entertaining as their onstage inside jokes. So here's Eat Avery'sBones in their own words...

On their humble beginnings:

"Did we mention our first show was at The Door? Well, it was a real testament to how bad [our] first band really was. We were more concerned with playing covers of "When Doves Cry" and "Summer Nights" from "Grease:the musical", and later, destroying The Door by booking ourselves as fake bands, playing 2 hour sets in the acoustic lounge and breaking every rule the club had laid out. Notable aliases we played under: The Taco Bell Explosion, Belzar, and Frau Junge."

Their sonic development:

"To skip ahead, the band broke-up since after a while fucking around and only playing noise gets old."


"We really prefer not to pin down certain bands that we think had a great impact on the way we write music because we want people to make up their own mind on what we might sound like...Its kind of like having four chefs hovering over a pot and all trying to cook something together. You know that all the chefs have a different style and specialty, so in the end what they make is going to taste like shit...but it's going to sound pretty cool while they're doing it."

The Local Scene:

"Lucky for us theres a lot of new and exciting things happening to local music (amongst the piles of the same worn-out diarrhea) and if the trend continues there might be a place for us down the road, hopefully not amongst the diarrhea, though."

Their tender age:

"Obviously we're all pretty young. None of us are old enough to drink, two of us are still in high school. We have a really blatant sense of humor, mostly toilet and sexual humor that comes through in our live shows and in our songs. Costumes we wear on stage are tied to our sense of humor, too."

Overall Philosophy:

"Overall, we're only doing this whole band thing because we enjoy having fun. The entire process of creation to performance of music is a blast for us.The day it stops being fun and starts being unenjoyable is the day we sell our instruments and go have a feast of taco bell and black tar heroin, because that is fun."

(SR NOTE: Eat Avery's Bones' Myspace page is here.)


Blogger brooks said...

this band is fun BUT more importantly... they have the BEST band photos EVER!

Plus, at one show they made grilled cheese and threw them at the audience... the grilled cheese was awful.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really? how do you fuck up grilled cheese?

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, defensive listening:

i'm just curious... who would be your top 5-10 favorite local bands/composers/music projects in our area?

10:13 AM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

5-10?! Are you crazy?

11:51 AM  
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11:51 AM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

One of my favorite Texas bands, Finallly Punk, is totally in the spotlight on Pitchforkmedia today. They're being dissected in a column on there. I'm glad about that since so many locals hate them. It's hilarious. Wondering why your band's not on there? Enjoy!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any band that doesn't know how to make grilled cheese should call it quits...

1:55 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, I actually am curious about your favorite local acts DL. I don't think I've ever asked you that question.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous js said...

mmmm taco bell and black tar heroin I like the way this band thinks.

don't forget "local music law #63"

2:23 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

oh yeah, I forgot about that.

Thats it, I'm taking this review down RIGHT NOW! They're dead to me.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe grilled cheese sandwiches would taste better if you didn't have sex with them first.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

besides eat avery's bones:
unconscious collective
record hop
angry businessmen
yay! telescopes
the undoing of david wright

more than i thought. all my favorite local bands have broken up.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's some video links... these both have the terrific "banter" that you speak of. (the focus gets a bit hazey for some reason, but the humor is still there)

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

their only mistake:
never make grilled cheese on a george foreman grill.

besides that, eab are awesome.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you kidding, grilled cheese on a gf grill kicks ass!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

And Blonde Girls. They don't suck.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous idi*the*elder said...

Blonde Girls randomly asked us to tour with them ... in like two months. I didnt have any idea who they were beforehand. I was so mystified I havent yet replied (but I will, nothing pisses me off more than people who do not respond when spoken to ... am a little busy finishing an album as we speak)

Anyways if you're reading this Blonde Girls, i don't think we can, but we are now intrigued by your project.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally punk, are you joking dude?

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally punk rules. suck on it!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 2:56-

the joke's on you, "dude".

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Delmore said...


9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

think we could hire some ex-waffen SS to come in and clear out the deadwood in local music, and local music blogs???

ARE YOU KIDDING? DUDE? i think not.
no? why don't YOU SUK it, douche.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will. long and hard. and we'll listen to finally punk while i slob on your knob. BONG!

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are awesome.

2:21 AM  
Blogger creatorlars said...

Bravo for the Boners!

And, those of you who weren't at the Finally Punk / Kiosk show at the 8th Continent a couple weeks ago (and that's all of you) missed a really incredible evening.

1:51 PM  

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