North Carolina’s The Avett Brothers stretch their rustic tunes into unclassifiable yet beautiful territory on a regular basis. Their 2007 album Emotionalism reverberated with twang, but also rollicked and screamed with a healthy dose of smack-you-in-the-face rock and roll. And then they also go and wrench out these spare, honest, gorgeous ballads that hurt to listen to (please hear “If It’s The Beaches” from the Gleam EP, for my favorite excruciatingly lovely example).
On July 22, they will release the second installment in the raw Gleam series, and following in the initial footsteps of the first recording, “the Second Gleam EP sings to the uncommon senses of the common man.” Our first listen of this collection comes via new song “Murder In The City.” A friend of mine is a bit of an Avett Brothers megafan (to put it mildly), and recalls one particular time he saw them perform this song. He writes that it was “effing heartbreaking. Scott was crying on stage, my friend Kevin was crying in the audience, the rest of us were fighting back the tears.”
Murder In The City – The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers play Steamboat Springs on my birthday (warranting a road trip in what is sure to be one of the top birthdays in my recent memory), followed by a hotly anticipated appearance at the gorgeous Red Rocks on Sunday Sept 14th as part of the Monolith Festival.