Relative newcomers avoid!avoid have been making sporadic appearances around the Auckland live scene for the past 18 months. Their driving pyschospheric drone has proven appealing, earning them a spot at The Other's Way festival and the coveted Fall support slot. Now, they make their recorded debut album in the form of Particle and Wave.
It's worth taking a moment to consider avoid!avoid's notable pedigree: First there is keyboardist and vocalist Sonya Waters who was a core member of Fang and White Swan Black Swan. Similarly, guitarist Stephen Reay and drummer Brendan Moran previously played together in the Flying Nun’s the Subliminals and Brendan in The Hasselhoff Experiment.
It's no real surprise then that this EP should emerge almost perfectly formed. It is an excellent combination of motorik beats and droning guitars with the keyboard forming the backbone; filling out the bottom end and providing saw-toothed squelching highlights - Undertheradar.co.nz.