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Avenues is a punk rock quartet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in
2009 by Vin Smith ( Guitar & Vocals ), Joel Maske ( Drums ), Shawn
Brooks ( Guitar ), and Scott Brooks ( Bass ).
The members of Avenues came together from three former bands: 52Metro
(Vin Smith), Shock Stars (Joel Maske), and The Red Letter Diaries
(Shawn Brooks and Scott Brooks). While with their former bands,
members of Avenues played countless shows and venues across the
country and participated in nationwide tours with The Vans Warped Tour
and Lollapalooza. In addition Avenues have also performed at the
worlds largest music festival Milwaukees Summerfest, where in 2012,
they won the "Emerging Artists Series" on the U.S. Cellular Connection
In the fall of 2011, Avenues ventured to North Hollywood, California
to record their debut EP NOHO with Grammy nominated producer/engineer
Davey Julson-Rieley at godaveygo studio. In April of 2012, Avenues
shot a music video for their single Hold Me.
Avenues also signed a publishing deal with Los Angeles, CA based Gas
Can Music and also were added to the roaster of Chicago,Il based
Currently, Avenues continues to perform write and record new music.
Recently they were nominated for a WAMI Award for 2013 Alternative
Artist of the Year. In Febuary of 2013, Avenues recorded their next EP with help from legendary producer Matt Allison at Atlas Studios in Chicago, Post Cards from Ann Arbor marks Avenues first release on indie label Stayposi Records.
The EP is best described as midwestern punk. Pop laden songs with angsty blue collar lyrics and plenty of whoa ohs. Avenues has cleary been around the block and have a few stories to tell.