Fortune Cookie

by Ben Averch

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about

Seattle singer/songwriter Ben Averch may sound like a band at times, but he's definitely a lone warrior. On his latest album, Averch cranks the noise level higher than it's ever been -- and every thump and crackle is the offspring of his fingers. Averch is a one-man army, one who doesn't subscribe to the water-cooler blandness of his acoustic-pop brethren. While many male solo artists are veering toward the folk route, Averch lets rip his Guitar Hero. The result is a sound that combines the slick Modern Rock of the '80s with the ominous fuzz of '90s Alternative Nation.

The greatest strength of the CD is in its first four blockbusters. On "Love Me Anyway," Averch captures the breathless heartache of Bob Mould (there's even a lyrical nod to Mould's pioneering group Hüsker Dü) with a sparkling pop sheen. It's a killer track, one that attaches itself to the ears with sticky hooks. This would've been played endlessly on Modern Rock radio circa 1992; actually, it's not even that far off from the Foo Fighters today. "You Know I Need You" is darker, creating a tense atmosphere of romantic obsession and longing with spine-tingling acoustic riffs that eventually explode in a wall of electric angst. Layers of introspective brooding make "You Know I Need You" so effective. On "It's Getting Away from Me" and "The Hook," Averch continues to unveil his arsenal of memorable and addictive melodies, all presented with a shadow of inner turmoil.

Eschewing the ironic twists and low-fidelity quirks of indie rock, Averch proudly marches with a style of his own, free from trendy inspirations. The arena-ready "One and the Same" combines the bracing grunge of Sugar with the epic guitars of U2 while "Landfall" finds Averch down in a hole of his own personal hell. Alternative rock used to mean something, and this record reminds us of its true definition.
--Ink 19

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released 02 June 2010

Music and lyrics by Ben Averch

Ben Averch: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Loops

Produced and Engineered by Ben Averch

Recorded and Mixed at BaverchNW Studios
Sammamish WA April 2008-March 2010

Mastered by John McCaig at panicStudios
Seattle WA February-March 2010

Ben Averch plays Tonic Amps

Art direction by Ben Averch
Cover photography by Ben Averch
Live photography by Nick Andron

Ecliptic path image by Tau'olunga
Crystal ball image by Kyramus

Thanks as always to my family for your love and patience.

For Alycia, my wife and life partner, I love you!!

Special thanks to Darin Ellingson and Tonic Amps, Mike Averch, Joel Dunn, John McCaig, Ed Becker, Matt Olken, David Was and everyone who offered advice or encouragement during the making of this album.

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Track Name: Love Me Anyway
It's not the sun that's setting
It's just that you are spinning away
From the way that you were sure to feel
From the sense that always kept you real
It's not a dream that's dying
It's just a world that's opening up
To a place you always feared to go
With a longing, desperate need to know

In the darkness I can hear you say
That you always thought you'd love me anyway
No matter what this life throws our way
You say you always thought you'd love me anyway

It's not the life you're living
It's just the waiting to begin again
And hope to see things new
Where all your past won't follow you
In a new incarnation, there's only joy for you to find
Towards a new day rising, dreaming demons exorcised
It's all gone

It's not the sun that's setting It's just that you are spinning away again
And hope to see things new
Where all your past won't follow you
Track Name: You Know I Need You
There's only one thing that you need to know
I need you with me wherever I go
Wherever I go
There's only one thing that I need to see
To see you smiling next to me
Next to me
There's only one thing that I need to say
I need your loving every day
Every day

Hey...you know I need you

There's only one thing that I need to do
Is dedicate my life to you
I can be true
There's only one thing that I need to hold
Your loving arms around me truth be told
Truth be told
There's only one thing that I need to be
The one who lifts you up and sets you free
It could be me

If love and bliss are limitless, then why would we deny them?
Inner space and your hearts' grace are there for you to find them
Without your trust I will go bust so don't give me your answer
'Cos I know that there's no other way for me to go
Track Name: It's Getting Away From Me
Whatever world may come, whatever time undoes
Without a word to say, I loved you all the way
So when you're looking back at the love you lacked
Please know the honest truth is that I'm here for you, now

It's getting away from me
The vision that I know we could see
While everything hangs in the balance
Interpreting one another's silence

And as the moonlight glows and the nighttime slows
If you could dull the pain you know the dreams remain
So if there's no way back from our love's setback
Please know the honest truth; I don't know what to do, now

Don't think about what has been
Just think about how we could begin
With a vow of an open heart
And a love that was fated from the start
Track Name: The Hook
Moonlight on the bedsheets
The way you looked away
Now I don't think that you're gonna see me anymore
And I don't know what we're gonna be
Praying for redemption
Hitting a brick wall
As I try to stop the fall

The hook was baited
Now I'm isolated
And what have I created
When you dream of someone new

Dreams fall all around us
But you never shed a tear
Now I don't think you're gonna receive me anymore
And I don't know where I'm gonna be
Nowhere to come back to
Without a phone to call
Can I somehow stop it all?

The hook was baited
Now I'm isolated
And what have I created
When you dream of someone new
The hook was baited
Now your heart is jaded
And if our lives our fated
Is this what we've been slated for?

Though our love keeps falling down
Track Name: Valley of Your Heart
It was a long time coming
But you finally told me how it feels
To be left alone by no fault of your own
Already half way down this road we're on
I know I've strayed so far away
From the place where you needed me to be
And I don't know how I can come back now
Into the sacred place of your heart

Tell me there's a way back to the valley of your heart Even as these waves are breaking our love right apart

I need you to know just how far I will go
To heal the pain of your loneliness
With a tiny thread of your love unshred
Maybe that's where I can start again

To see you feeling so alone
So far away from the love that we had known
It's always been that your heart is wild and free
But now I know that your world is lost to me
Track Name: The World Fictive
We all have to live in a world where all you have is what you can give
Like the moon chasing down the sea, I can always feel your presence pulling me

And every time that I feel this way, remember it's all a dream, insane
When I don't have anything more to give, remember this time

Air or cold, hard ground
You're the sum of blinding light and pounding sound

And every time that I can't get through, I'll realize it's the world come true
When I don't have anything more to give, remember this time

And I can't outlive the world fictive

My heart yearns for you and this hopeless disillusion of the truth
And every time that I see the sky, remember that it's a dream on fire
When I don't have anything more to feel, remember this time
Track Name: To Be Real
You're beautiful but won't let me touch you
You're brilliant but won't speak your mind
You're everything a man could ever ask for
If a man would want to lose his mind
Resplendent as the heart of the sunrise
Your radiating heart divines
I only want to feel your presence
And know you want to be in mine

What do we have to do for each other
What do we have to say to be real now
Even if you can't say how you feel
There has to be some way to be real now

You're honest but won't say how you feel no
You're waiting on a new lifetime
Where everything could fall into place now
I'm falling through a howling mine
I know that I've been jealous and petty
There's a darkness pulling down my soul
If you could only see you the way I do
In dreams, well it could make us whole
Even if I can't say how I feel

There has to be some way to be real now
Each waking night, each word requite
I live to know what's in your soul
If you could only tell me so I already know
Even if we can't say how we feel
There has to be some way to be real now
Track Name: One and the Same
Is there space around your heart?
Any place for me to start
To find my way back from the edge
Where I've been staring down into nothing

It's been too long that I've been hiding
I'm too far gone
I just keep on sliding down

The road slips underneath my wheels
The sky melts into pools of grey and black
The sun rises from my perspective
And the daylight is leaving me alone

It's been too long that I've been hiding
I'm too far gone
I just keep on sliding down
I'm on my way to God only knows where
Don't feel alone 'cos you know we are one and the same

Bouncing off the rocks
Dig for a handhold
Years collapsed into a single moment
See the forward scene
Hurtle towards me
Measured in vertical miles
Track Name: You Won't Be Owing Me
It's all gone quiet, there's nothing more to do
But sit right here and write a song for you
The one who I love truly best of all
Held up by my ankles

Pound it with a hammer
Stakes into the ground
Sealing off this fortress
So you know I won't be found

Stare into the face of your betrayal
This time there's no way that I can fail
All the ghosts that haunt these empty streets
Raise a toast in honor

Pound it with a hammer
Stakes into the ground
Sealing off this fortress
So you know I won't be found
Although the sun shines brightly
There's nothing more to see
If you give your heart up then you won't be owing me
Track Name: Landfall
I know that you want to feel love
Like it's pouring from the sky
I know that you need to see love
When you're looking in my eyes
To think instead of feel
Is the greatest curse of all
Abstracted from what's real
I can't even see the landfall

Coming up against my limitations
Hitting up against the wall inside
You see me stop and stare
Like there's nothing I can do
I see you falling back
Like someone's gonna save you
To dream instead of love
Like there's somewhere I could hide
But you know what's on the inside

Coming up against my limitations
Hitting up against the wall
No one has to know the implications
When I can't even see the landfall

They don't even know my name and
Even though they look the same and
If only this could be a real love
But you know I'm thinking when you feel love
Track Name: Something to Revolve Around
Finally I've found something to revolve around
Finally I'll see the love that was meant for me
I've lost myself before
Burned my eyes with sunshine
The pedal's on the floor and I know where I'm going

I know where I want to be
Somewhere from my memory
Where the trees are tall as towers
And the air is charged with power

Finally I've found that love is in forgiving
And hope is all you have if you forget just why you're living
I've lost myself before
Burned my eyes with sunshine
The pedal's on the floor and I know where I'm going

I know where I want to be
Somewhere from my memory
Where the trees are tall as towers
And the air is charged with power

Finally I've found something to revolve around
Finally I'll see the love that was meant for me