From their doubled-up vocals bouncing around in an echo chamber to their guitars blown out to the walls with a million springs of reverb, Gainsville, Florida’s Averkiou is proudly spearheading a new lineage of shoegaze bands. Naturally, as the next in line to inherit the dream-pop crown, Averkiou is in many ways indebted to My Bloody Valentine and the dense guitar tracking of frontman Kevin Shields. But perhaps the band’s closest contemporary match is UK shoegaze quartet Yuck. Whereas Yuck polishes their pedal-powered songs to a pop finish, Averkiou leaves their edges rough. That said, Averkiou’s strongest suit may be their ear for a perfect hook, densely layered under pounds of guitar and distant drums. With the 2009 release of their debut LP, Throwing Sparks, Averkiou established themselves as the shoegaze-revival circuit’s band to beat. Audience members at the quartet’s live gigs can expect to be slammed with a wall of sound built by three guitars, drums, and a whole mess of feedback.moreless
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