Avarus EP Launch, The Waterloo, Blackpool 28/08/2021

Avarus EP Launch Poster

Avarus EP Launch
w/Where Oceans Burn and Asleep At The Helm
The Waterloo, Blackpool
28/08/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

Another week, another gig, Well this is my third of the week but the only one I’m reviewing. So, the lovely northern sun shines brightly on the coastal resort of Blackpool and it would have been wrong not to have gone for a stroll along the beach, especially as The Waterloo is less than five minutes walk from the seaside.

From the outside I was very reserved about this venue, it does look like an old working man’s pub and this is highlighted by a bowls green at the rear. However, looks can be deceptive as once you walk into this venue prepare to be amazed. I was greeted by a huge stage, a bar stacked with all the booze one could imagine and staff that are amongst some of the friendliest in this industry. Now the make or break for this venue…the toilets…WOW! Not only are they clean but clearly someone has taken the time to make them stand out. The men’s are constructed with old beer kegs and the women’s with old drum kits (no I didn’t go in the women’s). Honestly if you haven’t been to this venue then I highly recommend it.

Tonight’s gig is Avarus’ EP launch and kicking off proceedings is a band I have already recently reviewed, Asleep At The Helm. As I have stated in my last review, these guys are mega and tonight felt even better than last time. This was down to a couple of things; firstly, a much bigger stage and secondly I was sober… 😊 So, I was able to really appreciate exactly what their live shows are all about and straight from the opening track pits are in full swing, these are kept going throughout the set with Dylan (vocals) and Brandon (guitar/vocals) pumping the crowd up at every possible moment. The complete set is a fantastic blend of brutal breakdowns, break neck speed and harmonic choruses. These harmonies are beautifully split between Dylan, Brandon and Adam and work plus Brandon’s voice is on top form tonight! His range is simply sublime! While it may seem like Ryan (bassist) is a little left out from the vocal duties he more than makes up for it by bouncing and spinning around the stage, honestly he looks like he is having the time of his life. The same can be said for the machine behind the kit, Dan, who between constantly smiling can be seen singing along to pretty much every song. Several tracks that really stood out for me are ‘Outsiders’ (check it out on YouTube or Spotify); ‘Deaf Ears Hear No Voices’ and their fantastic cover of ‘Lady’!

https://www.facebook.com/AsleepAtTheHelmOfficial

Next up was Where Oceans Burn from Manchester. I had never actually heard of this band before so was going in with an open mind. I must say I was not disappointed. The guitar tone that both Ben and Ross have is to die for! It’s so goddamn heavy and really hits you in the chest, I could not get enough of this and it left me wanting more, come the end of the set. Ben is a phenomenal guitarist; he is all over the fret board tapping and sweeping all while bouncing around like a maniac on stage. You do find it hard not to be mesmerised by him (maybe it’s the pink hair) but either way I enjoyed watching him. Vocally, we were treated to a mix of high and guttural screams and even the odd ‘bree’ from Alex. His range really is something else and his delivery was also on point. However, I’m not sure whether it was his choice or the sound tech to add a load of reverb to his voice but for me this didn’t work, I think personally his voice didn’t need it. Throughout the set I found myself singing along to songs I had never heard before, yes they are that catchy. I now can’t get ‘The Only Home We Know’ out of my head. Again, I’d thoroughly recommend seeking these guys out if you like your Djenty metalcore.

https://www.facebook.com/Whereoceansburn

With that, we arrived at the last band of the night Avarus and, straight away, I am going to apologise as after three gigs and numerous early shifts topped with a 60 mile drive, my body was flagging big time so I didn’t quite manage until the end of their set. However, what I heard followed on beautifully from the two preceding bands with more catchy choruses and big breakdowns. Avarus stand out with their use of eight string guitars and the fact that it feels like there is more of an emphasis on melody, especially with the new EP tracks. These tracks are certainly the ones that stand out to me. I was lucky enough to catch ‘Nothing Left To Save’ and I love Lucas’ vocals as it really does remind me of Architects and he pulls the style off brilliantly. The use of their backing tracks also really adds to the ambience of the set, which fully engrosses you within their sound. Dare I say it’s beautiful? This is followed with effective and bouncy beats from Becky behind the kit and grooves from both Jay and Mikey. What I saw I loved and will definitely see these Blackpool Brutes out again. Check out their debut EP “Parallels” now!

https://www.facebook.com/avarusofficial

What can I say about this gig? £5 for three (should have been four) bands who represent some of the highest quality in the northwest, one of the best venues I have been to in a long time, reasonable beer prices, good location, fantastic staff and a pizza truck outside, Oh and quality loos. I think that should say why you should check these bands and venue out. This whole gig was so much more than I expected and I cannot sing the praises of all three bands and the venue enough! See you all soon!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/TheWaterlooBpl

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EMQ’s with AVARUS

EMQ’s with AVARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Blackpool, UK based Metalcore band Avarus. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Lucas Fletcher for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey! I’m Lucas, I’m the lead vocalist of the band Avarus, we’ve been around now since about 2018 which is when we decided to start taking the band seriously and decided it was a career path we all wanted to take! We are a 4-piece metalcore band from Blackpool, UK and currently have released 5 singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is a funny story, years ago when the idea of a band first came about between myself and bassist Mikey, we had an EP currently recorded from a previous band we had been in but hadn’t been released, we did a promo video for that but didn’t have a band name and the videographer turned around and said ‘ I used to work with a band called Avarus but they’ve split up now ‘ and we were like well yeah sure that works hahaha.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from Blackpool UK, well. 3 of us, our guitarist Jay actually grew up in Australia for 15 years of his life (hence the blonde hair and shell necklaces ) but recently moved back around 2 years ago and that’s when he met me in a rock club in Blackpool! The metal scene in Blackpool is pretty dead, it’s there but it’s not huge, I’d say the UK has a decent metal scene but it’s not something special, we can’t wait to get out to Europe after the things I’ve heard about it!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is ‘In Disbelief’ which wasn’t planned at all, but due to coronavirus we had to put a hold on the video of the other release, so we thought fuck it! Let’s just release a different one and get a lyric video done! We don’t like to keep the fans waiting for new music.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say the greatest influences so far from what you hear on our music leans towards Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and As I Lay Dying. At the moment we’ve all really been into Polaris, Wage War, Northlane and a lot of lore modern bands like that, I’m now starting to write more towards that era of metal rather than old-school as I enjoy it more! So, keep an eye out for new stuff!

What first got you into music?

Haha that’s a funny story! I was sat in my dad’s van when I was about 3/4 years old, he left me alone in there and when he came back I was head banging away to the AC/DC “Back In Black” album! I grew up around my dad always playing rock or metal so that’s how I got into it!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Hands down Polaris, I personally think they are one of the best bands out there at the moment and I can’t get enough of their music.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download festival, I’ve been going every year since I was 7 and it’s always been my dream to stand on that main stage.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

At Christmas we all received a Christmas card off a fan with £20 in each, the strangest gift but we also weren’t complaining! Haha, I’d like to shoutout and thank Rihanna Riley for the gifts!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

One message for the fans? F**k what everyone else thinks, be yourself and do what you want, you only get one shot at this so don’t be a sheep and follow the crowd if that’s not who you are.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

For me personally it would be Randy Rhoads, he’s my all-time favourite guitar player.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy getting up on stage and playing to people, that’s what I live for. The adrenaline, the rush, there’s nothing like that feeling. I also love writing music as well, I do it all day every day if we’re not out on the road. What do I hate? Personally, I wouldn’t say I hate anything! Touring isn’t that fun when you’ve not got a shower, or I have to fly because I HATE planes haha, but other than that there’s nothing!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The way musicians are paid and looked upon by society, the pay for being a musician as we all know is sh*t every 150,000 streams on Spotify we get £200 which isn’t great. Remember what would the world be without any music at all? Imagine a film with no music, no radio, silent restaurants, not being able to work out with music, it would just be horrible. I think musicians are very under appreciated by society, I think anyone in the arts industry is to be honest. I just wish we could get more for the amount of work we put in, but when you love something money doesn’t matter as much, that’s why we’re still here doing it, that’s why most bands are.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

All time fave has to be “The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’m gonna say CD’s I still go out and buy them because my car does not have Bluetooth haha. But I think it’s good to support the bands by still buying hard physical copies too.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

HRH Metal at Birmingham 02 for sure.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Honestly, I have no idea.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite. Ozzy Osborne, Jamie Hails of Polaris, Oli Sykes of BMTH, My girlfriend and probably Gandhi.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got LOADS. First off we’re planning another single drop very soon, after that we want to get back into the studio to record the album before corona is over and then come next year we want to release the album and are planning numerous UK and EU tours around that!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.instagram.com/avarus_official/
www.facebook.com/avarusofficial/
twitter.com/avarus_official

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a CAKE.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for interviewing me! It was great talking to you guys! Peace out.

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