I can’t believe I’d never listened to this.
I’ve done this for years. I get albums from bands I love and then its like I’m afraid of listening to them in case they won’t live up their previous work. (I do this with Neurosis every time– it takes me weeks to listen to their new records even though I usually pick them up as soon as they’re released. They still haven’t lived up to what they did in Times of Grace) In the case of Over the James and 4am Friday, its been years. A few years ago Jade Tree repressed some Avail records and I picked up a couple because Dixie is one if my favorite albums of all time. I filed them away I’m finally listening to Over the James this week.
I blasted this in the car on the way to and from work with my coworker in the car and he had nothing to say about it. He only likes Rob Zombie. Avail is still one of the great bands of my lifetime. Over the James proves it. I miss them. I’m so lucky I got to see them in Ft. Lauderdale with Hot Water Music when I was a teenager. They were so, so much fun.
I saw Tim Barry a couple of years ago at El Corazon in Seattle and while I’m sad Avail isn’t around anymore, he put on one of the best shows I saw while I lived there.