Back off Taylor Swift … and get lost Mozart. Avenue 46, an “energetic, pop-punk-alt-rock band with a twist” will be blasting their musical fusion in the Thompson Regional Community Centre Feb. 29. The Winnieg band includes lead singer and guitarist Jeremie Webb, Jaleel Murray on backing vocals and lead guitar, Phoenix Traverse on bass guitar and backing vocals and Seth Fronda on drums and backing vocals.
Webb explained the origins of the band in a phone interview with the Thompson Citizen.
“The drummer and I have been playing together since high school,” said the 20-year-old. “We are all graduated now. We started Avenue 46 with another guy at the time playing base for a couple of years. Eventually, he quit and started doing his own thing. One of my best friends, who I’ve just been jamming with on the guitar, his name is Phoenix … we figured out what we wanted to do, and he kind of fell in love with doing that, and having fun, and then one of my good coworkers Jaleel, he plays lead guitar, started jamming with us, and then last summer, not even a year, we just started playing shows and hanging out.”
The band’s genre is unique, not unlike the musicians.
“We don’t want to sound too mainstream,” explained Webb, channelling the spirit of David Bowie and echoing the sentiments of Iggy Pop. “Firstly for me, I listen to pop punk especially, the other guys like rock and indie and folk and all that stuff. So we incorporate whatever kind of style we flow with into that energetic fun rock kind of music. We try to not be too heavy with the metal stuff.”
The band will be playing at the Silver Leaf Hotel in Wabowden Feb. 28, and Saturday at the TRCC gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is advertised as a Green Day tribute, is family friendly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a DJ and light show provided by High Voltage Entertainment.
Tickets are available at KB Insurance and CHTM as well as through the band’s 46 Avenue Facebook page.