Drawing upon both the molten metal of early '90s grunge in Seattle and the futurist, high-I.Q. progressive rock of Rush and Yes, Averch raises the bar for today's modern rock bands. The only difference is that Averch doesn't have a group. Each note on "Washington State" was played by Averch himself. If you didn't know that, it's doubtful that you would've figured it out as Averch has exceptional skills.
Much has been written about Rush being a super-powered trio, but what can you say about a solo act such as Averch, who can minimize Pearl Jam's amp wallop on "Reset the Clock" without any additional player? Averch must be an octopus, each tentacle having mastered every instrument, from guitar to drums to Moog synthesizer to bass.
This is a truly impressive effort, produced with muscle and smarts.
--Roger "Red" Byrne
released 05 May 2006
Ben Averch: Drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Music and lyrics by Ben Averch
Produced and Engineered by Ben Averch
Recorded and Mixed at BaverchNW Studios, Sammamish WA August 2005 - April 2006
Mastered by John McCaig at panicStudios, Seattle WA April 2006
Special assistance by Chris Honcoop
Photography by Daniella Theoret, A. Lee Bennett Jr., Chris Honcoop, Ben Averch, Alycia Averch et al.
Art Direction by Ben Averch
This record is dedicated to Alycia, Brady and Leilani. I love you!
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