Introducing Eric Avery. Eric is/was the original bassist and founding member of the legendary Jane's Addiction
, one of my favorite bands. Their 2nd album and first major label offering, the amazing-beyond-compare "Nothing's Shocking" is on my list of top 100 best albums ever. I saw Jane's Addiction live two different times, the first time when few in the Atlanta knew who they were, opening for Love And Rockets and later headlining the first Lollapalooza tour. THAT
was an amazing show on it's own, made even better by the opening bands (Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Ice T & Body Count, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, & Siouxsie & The Banshees).
His debut solo offering is called "Help Wanted
". The first release is "All Remote & No Control", which is amazing. Watch the video at right and see for yourself. Shirley Manson (Garbage, Angelfish) guest vocals on the track "Maybe". This album will end up on my revised list of top favorites. I've listened to it almost every day since I got it earlier this week, and it's mesmerizingly good. Not just his orchestration and the depth of the lyrics, but the production on this album is incredibly well crafted to boot.
Eric Avery has only gotten better with age, that's for sure. This solo debut is one of the best albums of any I've heard in the past 5 years, easily. Definitely check him out.