Avoid One Thing releasing first album in 15 years, playing live (stream a track)
Avoid One Thing, which started as the side project of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones bassist Joe Gittleman (and got a boost in popularity when their song “Lean on Sheena” became a fan-fave single for The Bouncing Souls), released two albums in the early 2000s before going on hiatus, but they’re now back and set to release their first album in 15 years, Right Here Where You Left Me, this week. It comes out Friday (9/13) via Big Rig Records, and we’re premiering the album’s opening title track ahead of its release. Going by this song, you’d think no time had passed at all since the band’s first two records. Their grizzled pop punk (with hints of Jawbreaker and The Replacements) sounds as great as ever — listen below, and pre-order the album from Newbury Comics.
Joe Gittleman made this record with co-writer/guitarist Amy Griffin, drummer John Lynch, and producer Paul Kolderie (Bosstones, Radiohead, Morphine, etc), and it includes contributions from Greg Carr (posthumous lyrical contribution on “Solitary Man”), original Avoid One Thing guitarist Paul Delano, David Minehan (The Neighborhoods, The Replacements) Tim Brennan (Dropkick Murphys) and producer Ted Hutt (Bosstones, The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, etc). Joe says, “Right Here Where You Left Me has been in the works for a long time, but I was never sure it would come out. I held these tunes close and kept writing through life changes and challenges throughout the past 15 years. In the end, this project came together when I needed it most.”
Avoid One Thing are also playing a hometown release show at Boston’s Great Scott on November 16. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon.
Right Here Where You Left Me
All The Same To Me
Fresh Pond Parkway
A Million Maids & Janitors
Shutting Down The Radar
Better Left Alone
Where We End Our Days