Earlier this year, when I was following The Nearly Deads, I saw a band called Avanti (which means ‘forward’) perform in Newport. Everything about this band surprised me, and out of two weeks of travel I didn’t see a better local band on the road. I fell in love with them immediately – they get bonus points for being so friendly too! I would say that it’s hard to find really talented bands in the post-hardcore / metalcore genre, and the fact that they were female fronted was a game changer for me as a listener.
I reached out to talk to their lead singer, Jasmyne about the band and what they’re up to!
If you’re in the Cincinnati area, I suggest you keep an eye out!
Recommended song: “Better Off Without”
What are everyone’s day jobs?
Our bassist (Kerry Brooks) and rhythm guitarist (Delilah Witt) both work at Amazon as warehouse associates in different buildings. Everyone in Avanti (except our lead guitarist) has worked at Amazon at some point. Our drummer (Cody Baxter) works third shift at a place called Senior Star. He is ground security and does maintenance when needed. Our lead guitarist (Cameron Gulley) works at P&G as a plastics engineer and gets to travel to places like Germany, Paris, Brazil, Mexico, etc. I, the lead singer (Jasmyne England) am a tattoo artist and work at a shop called Doll Star Tattoo.
Where are you guys most likely to eat as a group?
We are most likely to eat at Steak and Shake or Taco Bell because it’s good, cheap, and they are open late.
What is your dream show lineup?
Our dream show lineup is kind of hard to say because we all listen to different kinds of music. I would say it’s safe to say that we would all love to play with Atreyu, Bullet for my Valentine, Ice Nine Kills, and Crown the Empire.
Where is the farthest you have gone to play a show?
We went on a mini tour to Texas earlier this year, so Austin, Texas was the farthest we have ever gone to play a show.
What band do you get told you sound like the most?
Avanti gets most compared to Killswitch Engage and Atreyu.
Note: This surprised me, because between Convictions and the cover they played in Newport, I would have guessed Of Mice & Men, or even Breaking Benjamin.
What has been your biggest show or tour disaster so far?
Avanti’s biggest show disaster is when we drove about four hours to Marion, Indiana to play a weekend festival at a campground with Obie Trice headlining. Friday was the rock/metal day, Saturday was the rap day. We were the only band booked on the rap day. We get there after a long cramped drive and there are four campers total, a stage the size of a 1986 Volkswagen Beetle, a small pond, and corn surrounding us. Now don’t get me wrong, we were all practically raised in a corn field, and it was beautiful, but we played for the sound guy, a few drunken campers, the two people we brought, and a whole lot of corn at five in the afternoon. Later on that night the rappers finally arive and we proseed to drink and make the most of it and just camp out at that point and listen to Obie Trice, “Real name no gimmicks.”
What’s a misconception that people have about your band?
A misconception that people have about Avanti is that we aren’t going to be as heavy as we are and that we aren’t going to be very good. I’m guessing the reasoning behind that is because we have girls in the band maybe.
So what is Forward Fest going to look like this year?
So this will be the third annual Forward Fest, and we are predicting that it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with shows in Marietta, Ripley, Portsmouth, Washington Court House, and Cincinnati; with a span of twenty different local bands from every location. It’s going to be a good time, and the best part is that all the proceeds go to A Voice for the Innocent.
And finally, what’s next for Avanti?
Avanti will be writing and recording some new music in the near future and we hope to record a music video for one of our new songs.