Dixie

Dixie, the classic 1994 album from Richmond, VA punk-rock legends AVAIL, is back in print and better than ever. The album’s original 12 tracks of highly personal, Americana-punk have now been remastered and beefed up by the addition of 11 bonus tracks (compiled from the Attempt to Regress 7” and the 10″ Live at the Kingshead Inn), new liner notes and loads of rare photographs. Dixie is the rallying cry that truly put AVAIL on the map, belted out in emotive tales of the struggle of everyday Southern life and backed by unfathomably huge hooks and an unbridled rage.

Tim Barry – Vocals
Joe Banks – Guitars
Chuck McCauley – Bass
Erik Larson – Drums
Beau Beau – Cheerleader

Dixie LP/CD (1-12) Recorded June 1994 at Uncle Punchy Studios, Silver Spring, MD. Engineered by Larry Packer. mixed by Avail, Larry and John Partin. Dedicated to Busia 1910-1993.

Attempt To Regress 7″ (13, 14) Recorded Spring 1992 at Uncle Punchy Studios. Engineered by Larry Packer.

Live At The King’s Head Inn 10″ (15-23) Recorded April 1993 at the King’s Head Inn, Norfolk, VA. Sound was done by Bob.

All songs copyright 1992-1994 Avail, except “Pink Houses” written by John Cougar Mellencamp (EMI Full Keel Music Co.), “Kiss Off” written by Gordon Gano (Copyright 1978 Gorno Music/ASCAP).

Mastered at West West Side by Alan Douches, assisted by Kim Dumas.
Back cover photo by Chris Higdon, all others as credited.
Layout by Ryan Patterson / Auxiliary.

1. On the Nod
2. Clone
3. Tuning
4. Song
5. Sidewalk
6. 25 Years
7. Virus
8. Beliefs Pile
9. Treading On Heels
10. Model
11. South Bound 95
12. Pink Houses
13. Connection
14. Mr. Morgan
15. Sidewalk (Live)
16. Stride (Live)
17. Song (Live)
18. Observations (Live)
19. Predictable (Live)
20. Forgotten (Live)
21. Pinned Up (Live)
22. Kiss Off (Live)
23. Connection (Live)

4AM Friday

4AM Friday is the sound of AVAIL hitting their stride – plain and simple. The collection of sing-a-long anthems for the everyman solidified their place as the kings of the Southern punk underground. This reissue of the 1996 classic is now completed by the addition of the 15 songs from Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco recorded in 1997, this smoldering live set showcases the band at their absolute peak and is testament to the unforgettable, high-octane shows that are AVAIL’s hallmark. Remastering, newly written liner notes, freshly unearthed photos and new artwork complete the package.

Tim Barry – Vocals
Joe Banks – Guitars
Rob Kelshian – Bass (1-15)
Gwomper – Bass (16-30)
Erik Larson – Drums
Beau Beau – Cheerleader

4AM Friday LP/CD (1-15) Recorded January / February 1996 at Uncle Punchy Studios, Silver Spring, MD. Engineered by Larry (AKA Uncle Punchy) Packer. Mixed And produced by Uncle Punchy and Avail. A portion of the words in “F.C.A.” were written by Alex Copeland. Ben Winkler sang the bit between “McCarthy” and “Monroe Park” on a rainy day while on tour with Avail somewhere at a rest stop off the New Jersey Turnpike.

Live At The Bottom Of The Hill CD (16-30) Recorded June 17, 1997 live at The Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, CA by Adrienne Gulwassy and Christinia Chin. Sound at the show was done by Radley Hirsh. Mixed by Mark Miley at Montana Studio and assembled at Slipped Disc by Bill McElory.

All songs copyright 1996-1997 Avail.
Mastered at West West Side by Alan Douches, assisted By Kim Dumas.
All photos by Chris Boarts Larson unless otherwise credited. Back cover photo by Patrick Haley.
Layout by Ryan Patterson / Auxiliary.

1. Simple Song
2. Order
3. Tuesday
4. 92
5. McCarthy
6. (Ben)
7. Monroe Park
8. Armchair
9. Fix
10. Blue Ridge
11. Swing Low
12. F.C.A
13. Hang
14. Governor
15. Nameless
16. South Bound 95 (Live)
17. Stride (Live)
18. Order (Live)
19. Tuning (Live)
20. Fix (Live)
21. F.C.A (Live)
22. Pinned Up (Live)
23. Nickel Bridge (Live)
24. Simple Song (Live)
25. Clone (Live)
26. Nameless (Live)
27. Scuffle Town (Live)
28. Blue Ridge (Live)
29. Virus (Live)
30. Model (Live)

Over The James

AVAIL triumphantly puts it all together on Over the James. The raw energy of their legendary live show is finally conveyed on this thunderously pristine recording. With a more mature take on songwriting and probably Tim Barry’s most personal lyrics to date, the 1998 album is the most ferocious and vital statement of their career. The 14 original songs have been remastered and are now bolstered by bonus tracks including the Fall of Richmond split with (Young) Pioneers and the band’s covers of Elvis, Billy Joel and Embrace, as well as new liner notes, artwork and rare photographs.

Tim Barry – Vocals
Joe Banks – Guitars
Gwomper – Bass (1-17)
Chuck McCcauley – Bass (18)
Erik Larson – Drums
Beau Beau – Cheerleader

Over The James LP/CD (1-14) Recorded December 1997 at Montana Studios, Richmond, VA. Engineered by Mark Miley. Produced by Mark Miley and Avail. Assembled at Slipped Disc by Grant Rutledge. Guitar interlude by Butch Banks.

The Fall Of Richmond Split 7/CD” (15,16) Recorded July 1997 at Montana Studios, Richmond, VA. Engineered by Mark Miley.

Return Of The Read Menace Compilation (17).

Land Of Greed… World Of Need Compilation (18).

All songs copyright 1997 Avail, except “You May Be Right” written by Billy Joel (Impulsive Music), “Suspicious Minds” written by Mark James (Sony/ATV Songs LLC), “Said Gun” written by Embrace, Courtesy of Dischord Records (Copyright 1986).

Mastered at West West Side by Alan Douches, assisted by Kim Dumas.

Back cover and all booklet photos by Chris Boarts Larson unless otherwise credited.

Layout by Ryan Patterson / Auxiliary.

1. Deepwood
2. New #2
3. August
4. Fall Apart
5. Nickel Bridge
6. Scuffle Town
7. Sanctuary 13
8. S.R.O.
9. Midtown West
10. Lombardy St.
11. Vine
12. Cross Tie
13. Ask
14. Fifth Wheel
15. Lombardy St.
16. You May Be Right
17. Suspicious Minds
18. Said Gun

THE NEW SCHEME REVISITS "4AM FRIDAY" WITH AVAIL’S TIM BARRY AND JADE TREE’S DARREN WALTERS


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The latest issue of The New Scheme (Issue #19) features an interview with Tim Barry and Darren Walters about Avail‘s classic 4AM Friday record, which was reissued by Jade Tree in 2006. The is available in print and online, so head over and .

The collection of sing-a-long anthems on 4AM Friday ultimately anointed AVAIL kings of the Southern punk underground. The CD now features the 1997 album Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, a smoldering live set that’s testament to the unforgettable, high-octane shows that have become the band’s hallmark.

TRACK LISTING:

1. Simple Song
2. Order
3. Tuesday
4. 92
5. McCarthy
6. (Ben)
7. Monroe Park
8. Armchair
9.
10. Blue Ridge
11. Swing Low
12. F.C.A
13. Hang
14. Governor
15. Nameless
16. South Bound 95 (Live)
17. Stride (Live)
18. Order (Live)
19. Tuning (Live)
20. Fix (Live)
21. F.C.A (Live)
22. Pinned Up (Live)
23. Nickel Bridge (Live)
24. Simple Song (Live)
25. Clone (Live)
26. Nameless (Live)
27. Scuffle Town (Live)
28. Blue Ridge (Live)
29. Virus (Live)
30. Model (Live)

The digital version of the album is available from , , , and most other digital music services.

Avail [I]Dixie/ 4AM/ Over the James[/I] Reviews

It’s about damn time. Avail is a much beloved punk band out of Richmond, Virginia known for their blue collar style and attitude. They are the punk rock everymen. I can vividly remember my first Avail experience, as most people that I know can. It was 1998 (yes, I was a little late on the band). They were touring with Snapcase. So, five of my friends and I piled into a tiny car and made our way to the Wetlands in New York City. With the manner of the club’s layout, this was a tiny a place with high ceilings. Imagine a basement show where the basement had cathedral style vaulted ceilings and that sums this place up in a kind of sort of type of way. In other words?°¦this was one of the best places to see them or rather participate in an Avail show. They blew the lid off that joint and my mind. It was a blast doing stage dives along with Beau Beau and singing along to songs that I barely knew. This show made "Connection" my absolute favorite Avail song ever. It will never be topped for me.

Over the years since that fateful first show, I have seen Avail a bunch of times. Three things can always be counted on when they roll into town. One, it will be a load of fun. Two, no matter what, you will sing along with the band (if you don’t, you miss the point and miss out on said fun.) Three, no matter how much or hard you jump, stage dive, or run around like a maniac, Beau Beau will put you to shame.

On record, Avail maintains a similar motif. They make long drives shorter. Their Satiate LP single handedly helped me to cope and finish my senior thesis in college. I literally listened to that record for 16 hours straight as I pulled an all-nighter to finish that damn paper. Thanks to Avail, the energy that blared on those head phones kept me energized enough to complete that paper. This is a testament to how great they are, how much fun they are, and their total inability to get old. I never tire of listening to them, and their music always brings a smile to my face.

Please, forgive the long explanation of sorts for how good Avail is. But, I try to never take for granted that everyone knows who bands are or has heard them all. This long winded dissertation is actually meant to celebrate and review the three reissues of early records that Jade Tree has recently released. Not only are the albums represented in full, but the band has included various 7"s, live records, splits, compilation tracks, and covers on them as bonus tracks. Dixie has the Attempt to Regress 7" and the Live at the King’s Head Inn 10" (which was only around for a short time on CD) added to it. 4AM Friday has the Live at the Bottom of the Hill record added to it. Over the James has their songs from the split with the Young Pioneers as well as some great covers on it as well. The artwork has also been updated and modernized on them all by Auxiliary (This is especially neat as the bird from Over the
James is spread out over the spines of the three CDs and the flagman from Dixie is spread out on the opposites spines.)

Dixie is a non stop raging album that has only been enhanced with the Attempt to Regress 7". It absolutely seethes with energy. This is my personal favorite of the three reissues. Classic Avail songs such as "On the Nod", "Clone" (with its "Rise, Rise?°¦" part), "Virus" (the "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey?°¦Yeah" song), and "Southbound
95" are all represented here. There are also other good songs like "25 Years", "Beliefs Pile" (Where Tim starts "To be the one to swallow my pride?°¦"), "Model", and the John Mellancamp cover "Pink Houses". This album is a classic. As you listen to it, you realize just how many great songs are on this. "Connection" is also on here in studio form which only makes the record better. The Live at the King’s Head Inn tracks are surprisingly good considering that it originated from a sound board recorded cassette. It is a very energetic set and captures the band in its early years.

4 AM Friday is much the same vein as its predecessor Dixie except for a few new nuances of melody. "Simple Song", "Monroe Park", "F.C.A.", and "Nameless" are all great Avail songs that make their home on this record as does a few underrated songs like "Armchair", "Hang", "McCarthy", and their version of the old spiritual "Swing Low". With this reissue, the added bonus is the Live at the Bottom of the Hill album that was indicative of how the band sounded live at the time that they recorded their following fourth LP. There are two songs from what would be Over the James as well as a good assortment of songs from their other records with the glaring exception of "Connection" that always bothered me about this live album. It actually made me prefer that of the Live at the King’s Head Inn record more. But combined with 4 AM Friday, this is a welcome addition to your Avail collection.

Over the James is the third of the three reissues that Jade Tree has released to the public. There is a marked evolution for the band by this album. It is heavy on melody and their anthemic song writing truly comes out on this album. It is what I would consider their best album musically by this point (being the time of its original release and possibly even still). It is a solid album all the way through its length. Avail lays down several live staples on this record: "Lombardy St.", "Nickel Bridge", "Scuffletown", and "Sanctuary". I also dig "August" (which I have yet to hear them play live.) With the reissue, Avail’s split with the Young Pioneers is included here as well as a few comp tracks one of which is from the long out of print Land of Greed World of Need Embrace covers compilation that came out a long time ago. Avail’s song was "Said Gun" (which, as I said, is included here). Their cover of Billy Joel’s "You May Be Right" is pretty good.

I must admit that listening to these three albums so intensively has made me appreciate them in a whole new light. These three Avail albums are awesome. They really showcase their anthemic and melodic brand of punk rock. The extras on the albums made me go out and grab these up quickly. I would consider the Over the James reissue the most worth repurchasing if anyone owns the originals of these. Dixie is also well worth the price. Admittedly, 4 AM Friday is my least favorite of the reissues but it also only has the Live at the Bottom of the Hill as bonus material (and I already owned them both which made it tougher to repurchase this one). Anyone, who owns not a single one of these, needs to wake up and get them immediately. These are crucial records for anyone into melodic punk rock.

Dixie: 9.0/10
4 AM Friday: 8.0/10
Over the James : 9.0/10

8.7 / 10

Avail [I]Dixie[/I] / [I]4AM Friday[/I] / [I]Over The James[/I] Review

Rating: 7.8 / 8.3 / 7.7

You were 16, saw Avail, knew all the words to the CD before you bought the CD– they were that catchy– and they got you hooked on murder rates in Richmond, Virginia, and not fighting at shows, back when all you cared about was songs about girls. (Though there, of course, weren’t any at Avail shows.) Avail circle-pitted you before you liked circle pits; covered "Pink Houses" when you changed the station on it; connected "Swing Low", some hick-nothing to you, to the South they were from; had a full-time cheerleader, name of Beau Beau. Hard to know where puppy love ends and the real thing starts: I was a teenaged Avail lover, no flag tattoo (their logo, a stickfigure-with-flag, was second on skin only to Hot Water Music’s fancy water and flame decal), but when I cracked these reissues, I hadn’t forgotten much.

Jade Tree’s re-released the three best Avail records, along with as much errata as presumably exists. It seems only fair to ask, why? Given the amount of hate mail I get for the one or two times I’ve trashed 1994 indie revivals, well, I wouldn’t want these people who wish I were dead to think I’m also unfair. Should anybody care about 1990s rec-room hardcore a decade after the fact– especially when the band is actually still together? Well, yeah: If you care about fun.

The re-released Dixie (which here also includes the Live at the Kings Head Inn 10") features redone liners that include flyers for shows with proto-hardcorers Born Against and Man Is the Bastard and proto-emoers Policy of Three and Hot Water Music; the sound’s a similar amalgamation. "On the Nod" emotes beyond what anyone in North would’ve dared (even Gorilla Biscuits!), but Erik Larson drums at twice ballad-speed. The songs are about being afraid of what people think of you ("On the Nod", "Model"), their city ("Tuning", "Southbound 95"), and friends ("Sidewalk", "Beliefs Pile"), with a quick "Dixieland" nod appended, to let you know what side of the war their granddaddies fought on.

4AM Friday is everybody’s favorite Avail record. It has two certified anthems– "Simple Song" amd "F.C.A."– to which even my parents know the words; songs about now not caring what people think about you ("Order"); introspection ("92"); porch snaps and a capella vocal jams, plus a very straight "Swing Low" take ; and the definitive anti-fights-at-shows song, "Nameless", which started a fight at every single live Avail show I saw, including the one included here on the now-appended Live at the Bottom of the Hill. "Are you guys not listening to the song, or what?" they ask; they also request a circle pit right afterward!

On Over The James, songs are slicker, slower, longer– epic, sorta pretentious– but also the apotheosis of their sound, more or less: All chorus, all the time. Flyers now of the Boy Sets Fire, Lagwagon variety; Hot Water Music still holding strong. Bass player for this record (guy named Gwomper) was pulled, literally, off the street, homeless from a laundry mat and drifting through Richmond, to semi-stardom/basement touring by singer Tim Barry. Songs about still not caring about what people think of you ("Deepwood", "New #2", "Nickel Bridge", "S.R.O.", all of them), but also more about that supposedly repudiated insecurity, this time more anthemic ("Sanctuary 13," "August," Lombardy Street"), and obscure, inscrutable Richmond politics ("Scuffle Town"). The new package features every comp track and single the band released (minus the Attempt To Regress 7", which sees light again on the new Dixie), and this shark-jumping lyric, from "Nickel Bridge": "Two snakes of poison/ Which one do you call friend?/ Two snakes of poison/ Got bit by both in the end

Call these three snapshots: disposable, uncomplicated, a ton of fun when you were there. Throw them on and you’re back.

AVAIL "DIXIE" CD (JT1109), "4AM FRIDAY" CD (JT1110) & "OVER THE JAMES" CD (JT1111) OUT TODAY


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They’re here! Today Jade Tree unleashes a brand new look at the formative years of punk-rock legends AVAIL with the reissue of three classic albums. To celebrate the re-releases, the band will be pounding the pavement all around the eastern US of A beginning on April 13 in Louisville, KY and culminating with a hometown jamboree in Richmond, VA on April 29. These shows, supported by The Draft and Pink Razors, are not to be missed.

Dixie is the rallying cry that defined AVAIL’s unique sound: emotive tales of the struggle of everyday Southern life backed by unfathomably huge hooks and an unbridled rage. The album’s 12 original tracks have now been beefed up by the addition of 11 bonus tracks compiled from the Attempt to Regress 7” and the 10" Live at the Kingshead Inn.

The collection of sing-a-long anthems on 4AM Friday ultimately anointed AVAIL kings of the Southern punk underground. The CD now features the 1997 album Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, a smoldering live set that’s testament to the unforgettable, high-octane shows that have become the band’s hallmark.

Lastly, on 1998’s Over the James, with a more mature take on songwriting, Tim Barry’s most personal lyrics to date and a thunderously pristine recording, AVAIL makes the most ferocious and vital statement of their career. The release is bolstered by bonus tracks including the Fall of Richmond split with (Young) Pioneers and the band’s covers of Elvis, Billy Joel and Embrace.

All three albums have been remastered and feature new artwork, over 100 photographs and flyers and new liner notes.

TRACK LISTING:

1.
2. Clone
3. Tuning
4. Song
5. Sidewalk
6. 25 Years
7. Virus
8. Beliefs Pile
9. Treading On Heels
10. Model
11. South Bound 95
12. Pink Houses
13. Connection
14. Mr. Morgan
15. Sidewalk (Live)
16. Stride (Live)
17. Song (Live)
18. Observations (Live)
19. Predictable (Live)
20. Forgotten (Live)
21. Pinned Up (Live)
22. Kiss Off (Live)
23. Connection (Live)

TRACK LISTING:

1. Simple Song
2. Order
3. Tuesday
4. 92
5. McCarthy
6. (Ben)
7. Monroe Park
8. Armchair
9.
10. Blue Ridge
11. Swing Low
12. F.C.A
13. Hang
14. Governor
15. Nameless
16. South Bound 95 (Live)
17. Stride (Live)
18. Order (Live)
19. Tuning (Live)
20. Fix (Live)
21. F.C.A (Live)
22. Pinned Up (Live)
23. Nickel Bridge (Live)
24. Simple Song (Live)
25. Clone (Live)
26. Nameless (Live)
27. Scuffle Town (Live)
28. Blue Ridge (Live)
29. Virus (Live)
30. Model (Live)

TRACK LISTING:

1. Deepwood
2. New #2
3. August
4. Fall Apart
5. Nickel Bridge
6.
7. Sanctuary 13
8. S.R.O.
9. Midtown West
10. Lombardy St.
11. Vine
12. Cross Tie
13. Ask
14. Fifth Wheel
15. Lombardy St.
16. You May Be Right
17. Suspicious Minds
18. Said Gun

AVAIL "DIXIE" (JT1109), "4AM FRIDAY" (JT1110), "OVER THE JAMES" (JT1111) PRE-ORDER INFO & MP3s


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On April 11th, Jade Tree proudly presents a brand new look at the formative years of Richmond, VA punk-rock legends AVAIL with the reissue of three classic albums.

Dixie is the rallying cry that defined AVAIL’s unique sound: emotive tales of the struggle of everyday Southern life backed by unfathomably huge hooks and an unbridled rage. The album’s 12 original tracks have now been beefed up by the addition of 11 bonus tracks compiled from the Attempt to Regress 7” and the 10" Live at the Kingshead Inn.

The collection of sing-a-long anthems on 4AM Friday ultimately anointed AVAIL kings of the Southern punk underground. The CD now features the 1997 album Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, a smoldering live set that’s testament to the unforgettable, high-octane shows that have become the band’s hallmark.

Lastly, on 1998’s Over the James, with a more mature take on songwriting, Tim Barry’s most personal lyrics to date and a thunderously pristine recording, AVAIL makes the most ferocious and vital statement of their career. The release is bolstered by bonus tracks including the Fall of Richmond split with (Young) Pioneers and the band’s covers of Elvis, Billy Joel and Embrace.

All three albums have been remastered and feature new artwork, over 100 photographs and flyers and new liner notes.

all three CDs and get a poster and an exclusive t-shirt free! (Pre-order only)

Got enough shirts? Buy all three CDs for a .

TRACK LISTING:

1.
2. Clone
3. Tuning
4. Song
5. Sidewalk
6. 25 Years
7. Virus
8. Beliefs Pile
9. Treading On Heels
10. Model
11. South Bound 95
12. Pink Houses
13. Connection
14. Mr. Morgan
15. Sidewalk (Live)
16. Stride (Live)
17. Song (Live)
18. Observations (Live)
19. Predictable (Live)
20. Forgotten (Live)
21. Pinned Up (Live)
22. Kiss Off (Live)
23. Connection (Live)

TRACK LISTING:

1. Simple Song
2. Order
3. Tuesday
4. 92
5. McCarthy
6. (Ben)
7. Monroe Park
8. Armchair
9.
10. Blue Ridge
11. Swing Low
12. F.C.A
13. Hang
14. Governor
15. Nameless
16. South Bound 95 (Live)
17. Stride (Live)
18. Order (Live)
19. Tuning (Live)
20. Fix (Live)
21. F.C.A (Live)
22. Pinned Up (Live)
23. Nickel Bridge (Live)
24. Simple Song (Live)
25. Clone (Live)
26. Nameless (Live)
27. Scuffle Town (Live)
28. Blue Ridge (Live)
29. Virus (Live)
30. Model (Live)

TRACK LISTING:

1. Deepwood
2. New #2
3. August
4. Fall Apart
5. Nickel Bridge
6.
7. Sanctuary 13
8. S.R.O.
9. Midtown West
10. Lombardy St.
11. Vine
12. Cross Tie
13. Ask
14. Fifth Wheel
15. Lombardy St.
16. You May Be Right
17. Suspicious Minds
18. Said Gun