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Editors’ Notes

The plucking banjos, anarchic vocals and roughshod production help this North Carolina trio sound like a cross between centuries old mountain music and angry young punk upstarts. It’s a front porch jamboree with folks versed in Roscoe Holcomb and the Sex Pistols. Emotionlism is the group’s sixth album and continues their restless foray into the backwoods of Bluegrass, country, blues, Appalachian folk and punk rock energy. But while the group retains a manic energy, they never sacrifice their precision. The two brothers, Scott and Seth, with New Jersey expatriate Bob Crawford, are loose and wild, but rarely sloppy. Their rich harmonies even recall the early Beatles, as “Will You Return?” mirrors the fresh enthusiasm of the Fab Four circa Please Please Me. “The Ballad of Love and Hate” is an exquisitely written tale tracing the ups and downs of romantic love. “Salina” quiets things with piano and cello. “Pretty Girl from San Diego” adds slight Spanish accents. But it’s the Hootenanny! styled sing-outs of “Paranoia in B Flat Major” and “Go To Sleep” that best define the group’s sweet spot.

Customer Reviews

i can't wait!

there is a show in lancaster where the avetts are playing dads going to bring back the new cd! i couldn't go because it was 21 and older and i'm in fourth grade! i know what your thinking:a fourth grader like the avett bros!but have you looked at my user name latly a...yea!and i think we all know what that means! i'm a huge fan!i went to one of thier concerds.i want to be at that concerd so bad! (don't juge be on my spelling or gramer!)

The Beatles WIth a Banjo

These Brothers have made the album of their career. Beautiful harmonies, fun rhythms, and enlightened lyrics. This is my summer album!

The real deal.

Like none other. Come and get it. Just be ready to never go back to the banal, banter that your used to. They bring the heat. Truth tellers at their finest. Get it!


Formed: 2000 in Concord, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Avett Brothers' music has roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, but also captures the high spirits and no-boundaries attitude of rock & roll — which is appropriate, since rock is where Scott Avett and Seth Avett first cut their teeth as musicians. Although siblings Scott (vocals, banjo) and Seth (vocals, guitar) began making music together as children, their group's genesis began when they were members of Nemo, a rock band that gigged regularly in Greenville, North Carolina. Looking...
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