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Abernethy Road is a high energy rock band from Portland, Oregon. Drawing from influences like Van Halen, Rush and AC/DC, they bring an old school element to the Hard Rock genre. Many have said they sound like classic rock, with more of a kick. Some of their modern influences are MUSE, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, and Porcupine Tree.
Live shows are a major part of the Abernethy Road package. “We like to be as active as we can be,” says 17 year-old guitarist Justin Love. “We play anything from festivals to private parties to benefit shows... It’s never a waste of time if we’re playing music.”
The band also participates in extreme marketing techniques like a 70 mph business card exchange from car window to car window, or vocalist Gabriel Bello hopping the fence at a Warrant concert, evading the security, and giving each member of the band a business card. “A band is a business, one that you have to put all your combined efforts into,” explains bassist Josiah Pyles. “You can be the best band in the world and never make it in this world. We are a good band, and I’m not gonna let that happen.”
A full-length Album is on the way from Abernethy Road and will be recorded at Supernatural Sound where Portland legends Floater, Everclear, and the Decemberists, as well as the Kinks, Kutlass, and Tommy Tutone have recorded. It’s expected to come out in 2011. “We’re all perfectionists in our own way, so I’m excited to spend a good amount of time in the studio getting everything just right,” says drummer Bryan “WONDERBOY” Vehrencamp.
As the AC/DC song says: It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. Abernethy Road is on their way, and shows no sign of slowing down, giving up, or selling out.