steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Avoidance Theory

"Promise to the Refrigerator" CDEP

Shmat Records

Genres: shoegazer, dream pop, indie pop

Shmat Records
PO Box 1191
Alhambra CA 91802

Jul 14 - 20 2003

Elements of The The, Yo La Tengo, and Stereolab haunt Avoidance Theory's music, which drifts calmly through floating clouds of space pop.  While the ambient nature of the music may be dull to some, it is still very catchy and accessible; shoegazer fans will definitely want to check them out.

This six song Promise to the Refrigerator EP is a nice sample of the band's style.  Things start off with the Yo La Tengo-influenced "What You Said", and only build from there.  Electronics are used freely la Stereolab, but things are much slower and spacier, leaning towards shoegazer and dream pop territory.  The songs here would go well on the next Blisscent compilation.  Definitely worth a shot if you're interested in electronic-injected shoegazer music.

82%

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]