Those of you who have been following the Seattle music scene for the past decade will be thrilled that this performance and these videos exist. For those of you less learned: Aveo was a beloved, if a bit gloomy, indie rock trio who channeled the best bits of late 90’s Britpop. An easy touchstone for reviewers was Morrissey and The Smiths, though Rolling Stone more generously described them by way of an amalgamation of Talk Talk, Radiohead and Catherine Wheel. Regardless of their apparent influences, Aveo developed their own sound by their second album, 2004’s Battery, and by then a legion of adoring NW fans. Unfortunately, 2004 also marked the band’s demise and singer and guitarist William Wilson’s move to Sweden. Their brief life had kindled a glowing fondness in many a KEXP listener as well.
Six years later, Aveo is back, however briefly, and after a return performance at the Showbox opening for their friends and past tourmates Carissa’s Wierd, they played two sets at the Capitol Hill Block Party, one of which was exclusively for KEXP. Unlike for their previous show, the band, normally a three piece, appeared at the Caffe Vita Bean Room stripped down to just Wilson and drummer Jeff MacIsaac for acoustic renditions of three of their classics plus a brand new song. Old fans, rejoice; new fans, take note — here is Aveo, once again: