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4AM Friday

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Simple Song
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Order
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Tuesday
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92
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McCarthy
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(Ben)
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Monroe Park
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Armchair
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Fix
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Blue Ridge
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Swing Low
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F.C.A.
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Hang
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Governor
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Nameless
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South Bound 95 (Live)
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Stride (Live)
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Order (Live)
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Tuning (Live)
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Fix (Live)
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F.C.A. (Live)
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Pinned Up (Live)
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Nickel Bridge (Live)
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Simple Song (Live)
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Clone (Live)
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Nameless (Live)
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Scuffle Town (Live)
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Blue Ridge (Live)
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Virus (Live)
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Model (Live)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 30   Total Length: 68:40

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They Say All Music Guide

Jade Tree continues their 2006 three-part Avail reissue series with a combination release of Avail’s third full-length, 4AM Friday (from 1996), and their 1998 live album, Live at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Both albums are just compiled onto one tidy disc, so aside from the lure of an assorted collection of rare photos in the liner notes and minor commentary for the extremely devout fan, this record is strictly for new fans working their way through the band’s impressive back catalog. Sonically, 4AM Friday is much cleaner and tighter than the coarse atmosphere surrounding Dixie. After all, they’ve matured. Avail is sometimes hit with a punk-pop brand, but this distinction doesn’t dilute any of the vigor they’ve been spitting for nearly two decades. For them, the label really just means that their raw and abrasive disposition is often tempered by melody, where other hardcore bands are just plain in-your-face bile. The album showcases their trademark, bipolar, melodic and gritty nature even further with more developed songs from Tim Barry and crew. The tracks are all over the place without feeling incongruent, instead just making the album a more fun listen. From brash outcries (“Monroe Park,” “Order”) and calmer introspections (“Hang”) to country covers (“Swing Low”) and straight-up fun rockers (“92,” “Nameless”), Avail confronts every song with an empowered, passionate delivery and a blue-collar touch that adds an authenticity unable to be faked. From studio songs to an explosive live set, the addition of Live at the Bottom of the Hill harnesses — as well as an album can — the combustible, rowdy nature of the band’s show. And you get the real deal, as Avail apparently didn’t even know they were being recorded. A super fun listen, a standout moment is when the band stops mid-way through “Nameless” — whose lyrics include “what the hell are you fighting for?…’cause someone got a fist in their face because you’re feeling weak” — to let a random fight that’d ironically broken out in the pit conclude. Barry simply states, “Are you guys not listening to the song or what?” – Corey Apar

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