Avail – “Over The James” LP
These guys from Richmond, Virginia tore their way through the 1990s punk scene – starting with Old Glory Records, then Lookout!, ending-up on Fat Wreck. Touring the world countless times. Hugely influenced by the neighbouring Washington DC scene of their youth (Scream, Gray Matter, King Face), Avail were much broader in their scope than most of their pop-punk label mates, something more along the lines of DIY hardcore meets leftfield rock. A style, ever since, that has been popularised by Hot Water Music, Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Pup etc. – none of whom posessed anywhere near the exhuberant energy of Avail (imagine a character like Beau on the stage of those bands – he would be so out place). Over the James is the fourth Avail album, originally released on Lookout! Records in 1998. This Jade Tree repress includes four additional songs (songs from Avail’s split record with the (Young) Pioneers, as well as two tracks recorded for compilations).