Avalon Landing - 09.20.13

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Avalon Landing - 09.20.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Avalon Landing


1. How did you get your band name?
Avalon Landing is the title of the fictional book in the movie Finding Forrester which is based on J.D. Salinger, who wrote Catcher In The Rye, which is collectively one of our favorite books.

2. How did this band get started?
The founding members of Avalon Landing had been long time friends in our hometown Buffalo, New York. Our guitarist and vocalist Mike moved to Las Vegas in 2010 and began to play on the local music scene. Josh and Clayton were in a band together in Buffalo that fell apart around the time that Mike moved. They decided to start fresh by moving to Las Vegas to form a new band. Avalon Landing then played it’s first show, as a trio, in January of 2011. The band was then rounded out into a five-piece, including current bassist Danny Jacobellis.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Coldplay, Blink, Tegan & Sara.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
I think it would be awesome to tour with Jimmy Eat World, or Saves the Day. Also Say Anything during the Is A Real Boy days.

5. Best food to eat on tour?
When you’re trying to conserve money on the road you gotta go with Hot n Ready pizzas at Little Caesars. It’s like a pizza vending machine.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
We write really honest and relateable songs and we’re looking to.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Everyone that has helped us on our journey. There would be far too many to thank and they’d probably start playing the “get off the stage now” music halfway down our list

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Finding a way to bring value to recorded music. Balance between the fans being able to have access to the music they love but also allow for artists to be fairly compensated for their work so they can continue to create their art.

10. Memorable tour experience?
Being in New York City, where is was a beautiful 75 degree day, and then getting stuck on the thruway a few hours later for 18 hours in a snowstorm. There was a freak storm in October storm that hit Buffalo.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
I’ve been going to this site for the past 12 years to keep up on all the music I love and discover new artists.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
We’ve been prepping new songs off our upcoming album Reside that will absolutely be the most fun songs to play live.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
We haven’t seen enough of the world yet to even know where the good spots are. We take regular trips back home to Buffalo. It’s always good to visit with family, friends, and explaore what’s new in our old stomping grounds.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Michael Jackson. I remember running around as a kid in circles in my living room to “The Way You Make Me Feel” with my great grandmother yelling at me that I was making her dizzy.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I would choose the power to morph into anything because that would be pretty cool. But having the ability to fly would be cool too. I suppose I could just morph into a bird.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Honestly, not really. We just go out and do our thing.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Mike majored in theatre in college. Clayton has done stand-up comedy. Danny cooks crepes like none other. Josh is a huge Harry Potter fan!

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Radio seems really unpredictable right now. You have your standard factory made hits being churned out, but you also have some wild cards like Gotye, Black Keys, or Mumford & Sons that come in and kind of change the game.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
All of us in the band are big readers, so we do a lot of that.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Josh is good at bubble hockey. Clayton is a great cook. Danny is funny even when he doesn’t want to be. Mike has a knack for motivating people in creative endeavors.
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This is Mike Vargovich from the band... looking forward to the album release! Great guys, great band.
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