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A Volatile Mixture / Press

“Add another notch to Neil Tupling's musical belt following stints in Lost Souls Division, The Golden Eagles and Final Stage. This is a special notch though. All music was written by Neil and performed by himself and some special guests to fill out AVM's debut EP. The title track leads off the album in a grunge-esque mood that would resemble Jerry Cantrell's Dirt-era riffage along with harmonies where one could expect Layne Staley to jump in with a signature "yeaaahhhhhhh." Although Neil has been primarily known as a bass player, "Eat of the Apple" shows off his chops as a lead guitarist and Neil's preference for album breadth with the piano ballad, "Love is a Hell of a Thing." AVM's debut album acts like a mix tape with Neil as the cohesive element that unites all tracks. Not only are there moments reminiscent of Alice in Chains, but even as far as Neil Young, Guns N' Roses, and even to Billy Joel that blend from mid-range rock, grunge, and to adult contemporary.”

“Hey kids, do you remember when rock music was made by actual musicians. Remember when rock records were people + instruments = music? Remember when a record was bass, drums, guitar and vocals? If you answered yes to all of the above and you approve of the proper form of musical composition, then keep reading, because this musical recording is for you. If not, may I suggest something from the “auto-tune-cookie cutter” section?”