Friday, January 27, 2012

Sassy


Reina Aveja may have hailed from Gainesville, but it would be foolish to believe that they had anything in common musically with bands like This Bike is a Pipe Bomb or Against Me. It would also be a bad idea to lower your expectations based on bassist Jessica Mills’ previous stint in the awful ska band Less Than Jake. These queen bees churned out toxic sludge that could have sent every folk punk, ska kid, and doubter running for their lives. Fortunately, their sentiments appeared to be a bit removed from the drug-addled self-pity that is typical of most bands of their ilk. Simply put, Reina Aveja was a band that sounded like they were legitimately having fun playing heavy music. Stranger things have happened.

Reina Aveja came out here on tour at the end of 1998, playing an ill-attended Gilman show with another Gainesville band called Panthro UK United 13. Apparently their drummer Becky had such a great time, she called home and told her husband Judd that their plans to move to New York had changed. They moved to the Bay Area instead, bringing Reina Aveja vocalist Jen Roberts with them. Upon their arrival, the trio started a new band called Brainbloodvolume with Robert Collins of Artimus Pyle. They didn’t last long, but Jen eventually lent her considerable vocal talents to I Love a Parade, which also boasted ex-members of His Hero is Gone, Econochrist, Grinch, and Eldopa in their ranks. Becky and Judd regrouped some time later with Laudanum, who is still with us after weathering a number of lineup changes.

Chances are you didn’t give a damn about Reina Aveja when they were around. Now you have a second chance to catch up with this criminally underrated stoner sludge unit, so it’s okay. Really.

5 comments:

Fedge said...

Yeah for Gainesville, Florida!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome write up. I am Margaret, Reina Aveja's guitarist. We had blast making that noise. Glad you could appreciate it.

The Evil Eye said...

Thanks, Margaret! I have always felt that Reina Aveja was super underrated, so I am glad that you like this post. Wish you recorded an LP - I can imagine that being rather awesome!

Jessica said...

Wow, someone still caring in 2012! Playing in this band was an amazing experience - seeing your write up here makes me feel all nostalgic and longing...
-Jessica Mills, bassist for Reina Aveja

Anonymous said...

Oh dang!This link is dead! I have two copies of this 7 inch, because one got scratched from me playing it way too much as a clumsy 20 year old! I wanted to put it on a mix for someone! They are probably my favorite band from Gainesville.