It's mostly a joke anymore, but for a time there I was simply jealous that the stunt they pulled actually worked.
They used to be a metal band that struggled to make gas money at gigs like the rest of the charlotte musicians. Then simply as a gimmick they started playing the music that they are famous for now. It took off so they embraced it and never looked back, and I can't blame them for that. Neither they or their manager would ever admit it today, nor should they.
When it bothered me I wasn't very successful with my musical endeavors, but now I'm in 3 moderately successful bands and I'm happy with that. More power to the Avett's.
That's interesting. I've never heard of their their early acoustic stuff referred to as a gimmick, but I could see some heavy metal scene kids thinking it was. I have to say I own their first Nemo album and it really isn't that great. The "Oh What a Nightmare" side project is much better, because the brother's songwriting and melodies are much stronger.
Congrats on your bands' moderate success. Playing music is awesome, but to get paid for it is even more incredible.
There music just never hit a chord with me. I have a lot of friends that love them. But if i'm listening to that kind of music I would rather play Lucero. And I've seen there Gap posters on bus stops which was just ridiculous. But like i said i don't hate them, just don't care for them.
Yeah I get that. They seem to click with certain people, and when they click it's like Holy Crap where did these guys come from. I got into them in 2008, and after going back and listening to their old stuff realized they didn't have one single bad song. Even Led Zeppelin had songs I skip over, but who are these kids from right down the road writing these amazing albums? Since they have gotten older, they have changed. With wives and kids, you can't be selfish and do whatever you want. Their business decisions and music reflect that (Gap ads, setlists etc.). I feel I'm rambling. But yeah even if you don't like their music, there could not be better representatives for the State of NC than those two.