Avers announce Summer tour to support debut album ‘Empty Light’

By on June 10, 2014


Avers, the Richmond indie rock quintet that includes members of The Head and the Heart, Hypercolor, The Mason Brothers, and Farm Vegas, is heading out on a summer tour in support of their debut album

Empty Light.

7/08 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

7/09 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

7/10 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA

7/11 – Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC

7/12 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC

7/13 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

7/14 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN

7/15 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN

7/16 – Grey Eagle – Ashboro, NC

7/27 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

7/28 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York City, NY

9/05 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC

9/06 – Fall Line Fest – Richmond, VA

“Avers morphs spacey guitar riffs and distant vocals into a surreal listening experience in their debut album Empty Light.” – The Deli

“… experiments with rock and its various genres, whether that be just straight-up rock, psychedelic rock, or poppier-rock… The album, to say the least, is a trip, and one well-worth taking.” – The Wild Honey Pie



On a summer night in 2013, two Richmond-based musicians got together to talk shop and geek out over psychedelic records. It went well. The next time, they brought along some additional friends. Before long, a proper six-piece had formed, with The Head and the Heart’s Tyler Williams on drums and some of the city’s best frontmen, including James Mason (the Mason Brothers), James Lloyd Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Adrian Olsen (Hypercolor), and Charlie Glenn (the Trillions) swapping their way between bass, guitar and keyboard duties. Everybody sang, adding harmonies and background vocals to the band’s noisy sweep.

In just over a week, ten songs were written. Avers recorded everything as they went along, setting up shop at Olsen’s own studio, Montrose Recording. Located on an historic Richmond plantation and featuring some of the same vintage equipment used by hometown heroes like Sparklehorse and Brian Harvey, Montrose became the band’s official home base, a place where new sounds could be coaxed out of old instruments.

Tracked live and produced by the bandmates themselves, Empty Light is a tribute to chance encounters and shared goals. It’s the sound of a young band coming together, blending a plurality of influences the epic sweep of Spiritualized, the guitar-fueled freakouts of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the cultish crunch of Brian Jonestown Massacre into something singular. It’s a record that invites you to turn on and tune in… but it won’t let you drop out.Empty Light is too rousing for that.









Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.