Inspired by chance encounter, Avers was formed over the course of ten nights of writing and recording–an absence of expectation, and the beauty of an unexpected result.
Chemistry, a substance generally cultivated on rare occasion, materialized instantly while members James-Lloyd Hodges (Farm Vegas), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), Adrian Olsen (Hypercolor), Alexandra Spalding (Lost in the Trees) and Tyler Williams (The Head and The Heart) explored ideas and sounds that resulted in their debut album, Empty Light. Within the confines of a two-hundred-year-old farm that houses Montrose Recording (Richmond, VA), ghosts echoing from a Flickinger console once owned by Sparklehorse; fires burned until first morning light. Five new friends trusting in the unexpected, following the creative tide. These elements reveal the heart and soul of the band itself.
Avers is defined by creation within a moment – a trust that music recorded so close to its inspiration has a certain magic that is valid/rare in a world of over-thought perfection. Their debut spans a psychedelic spectrum of musical light; ethereal, cathartic, and illuminated from within by raw emotion, blending the aural colors which fill the space of Empty Light.

“Take it down and tear it apart.” Busses frontman Dave Brett delivers
the words like a mission statement on “Metal,” a new song announcing
a step forward for a band that's made its name around its native
Philadelphia for stretching the parameters of indie rock. Both that
song and “Shangrila” capture the trio at ease, leisurely adrift,
stretching out grooves and suspending melodies in between. Bright
chords drift out of Brett’s guitar amp bathed in warm colors as his
elastic voice reaches into higher registers while Jason Bachman’s
pillowy synthesizer and bass set a pulse reinforced by Nick Apice’s
shuffling, syncopated drumming. It’s a bold step away from the punk
and progressive rock influences worn proudly and unpredictably on its
eponymous debut, but that’s not to say the band has lost its taste for
the bombastic. It's just that now, the music swells into overdrive
where it may have once sprinted, inviting us to savor the ride.

Rosu Lup

"Backed by strings and light orchestrations, the core trio blends beautiful Americana-esque harmonies with the powerful elegance of cello, violins, and a bit of trumpet. Rosu Lup’s dynamic orchestrations stitch together a variety of thoughts and sounds seamlessly. I’m not one to catch too many trends before they happen, but this is definitely a band you should keep your ears on." (Elizabeth Mazenko, WXPN|The Key)

Though compared to acts such as Horse Feathers or Great Lake Swimmers, Rosu Lup has managed to achieve a sound that is "wholly Rosu-Lupien" (Fred Knittel, WXPN). While strings, brass, and woodwinds have become a common element in what the band presents, their lush harmonies and undeniable chemistry make this band something special.

$10.00 - $12.00


All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

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Johnny Brenda's


Avers with Busses, Rosu Lup

Tuesday, July 8 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Johnny Brenda's