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Avail

A gritty punk quintet from Richmond, VA, Avail comprises vocalist Tim Barry, guitarist Joe Banks, bassist Gwomper, drummer Erik Larson, and "cheerleader" Beau Beau. Their distinct sound is based in the sincerity and aggression of punk, the power of classic rock, and an admiration of the nearby Washington, D.C., hardcore scene of the late '80s. The group originally released their debut, Satiate, on their own Catheter Assembly Records in 1992, but the album was re-released two years later by Lookout! Records, upon signing to the label. Their follow-up fan favorite, Dixie, also appeared in 1994, and Avail was quickly found to be developing a fiercely loyal fan base through the raw energy of their live show. While touring in support of 1996's 4AM Friday, they recorded the LP Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, which was issued in early 1998, the same time as their next full-length, Over the James. Signing to Fat Wreck, the guys released a six-song EP, 100 Times, in August 1999 that contained one new song and re-recordings of five old favorites. The band's recording scheduled continued unabated into the new millennium, with the release of their fifth full-length studio album, One Wrench, in June 2000. Avail continued to bring their brand of Southern-tinged melodic hardcore around the country, and issued Front Porch Stories in November 2002. Jade Tree then re-released Over the James, 4AM Friday, and Dixie in April 2006 with bonus tracks, new artwork, and new pictures. A supporting tour followed with openers the Draft and Pink Razors. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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heffalump322
Moved to Rva in 1992 to go to vcu for art. A week after movin there avail played the "sweatro". First mistake was leavin th show caus i didnt know avails music. Second mistake was takin a wrong turn into Jackson ward. So I learned to stay at avail shows, as well as south o broad st. Thx for th music avail. Stellar live shows and down-to-eart h lyrics=best show xperiences of my life
These are my eyes I said This is how they see you Mislead, force fed Can't make sense Of what you do But how could you Not have meant it What's real? What's untrue? Mislead, force fed You criticize so you get a reaction It's a reflection you judge yourself You talk down you do it for attention Self motivation not misunderstoo d You conceal what's not real And hope they miss what's really wrong You never listen I'm feeling strong
Reminding me of myself I'm not willing to take it I'm not gonna forg
Avail at the Church in Philly....so m e of my favorite shows....
you just need to gain the courage and smile for a while.
This band really bites. Thumbs down losers
GO!! GO!!
Was at the bottom of the hill, San Francisco in June of 1997. To this day, still one of the best shows I've ever been to. AVAIL
!!!
Saw them a Bernie's in Columbus, OH about 5 or 6 years ago... All Time. Powerful stuff.
Bo Beau ftw! Saw em about 5 times and still one of my all time faves. Esp their anti-violenc e at shows msg...imo jocks and d-bags ruined late 90's punk/HC scene.
EDWARD JEFFERSON TRASK
AVAIL! GO!
johnnya80
I saw avail in '96 and that was it, they were my favorite band for years, and I still love them as much as that day, one of the only bands that has that staying power with my short attention span... Long live beau beau!
GO!
GO!
AVAIL!GO!AVA I L !
johnson795
These guys were great.
not bad
GO!
one of the best bands filled with the best group of guys you'll ever meet. They need to get back together soon.
GO!AVAIL!GO! A V A I L !
kbarton73
I always loved Avail shows because everyone came out; the gutter punks, the straight edge kids, the emo kids, the crusties. They all love Avail and I do too!
Pandora,, Erik Larson was a founding member of Avail but their most recent drummer is Ed Trask. Erik Larson is now in a new band with Joe Banks called Freeman. Man I wish Avail would get back together and play some shows in Richmond. Its most likely gonna happen for sure at some point in the near future.
tim barry! word!
missnice
One of my favorite scars is from one of their shows. Best of all time-
real music, real people, cant be it
GO!AVAIL!GO!
sk8chip98
Over the James.... got me through some tuff times.
rpaige820
BEST PUNK BAND EVER PERIOD. HANDS DOWN.
Not a bad thing about these guys. One of the best live bands I have ever seen. The definition of punk. Go back and re-visit their old stuff if its been a while, you'll be glad you did.
AVAIL!GO!AVA I L ! G O ! AVAIL!
One of the best live bands you could ever wish to see.
GO!AVAIL!GO! A V A I L ! G O ! A V A I L ! G O !
oskorei123
Awesome band, awesome dudes. Everyone can learn something from these guys. One of the most relentless, hardest working bands in punk rock!!! Support this s**t
I saw these guys in '97. Killer live show. I didn't expect them to last this long. Most of the Richmond and DC area bands of the 90's seem to have disintegrate d or remain incredibly obscure.
When I lived just outside of Washington DC, I would go to the Jam For Mans, and see this group and sometimes Fugazi for a can of food. They rocked live. Great Band. I still have some of their homemade demo tapes.
another great band! I dont care for all their albums but they have alot to say!!

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