May 24, 2007

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Birds of Avalon, Bazaar Bazaar
Volcom Entertainment, 2007

What a quandary old-school hard-rock bands are in nowadays. Evil-sounding names are property of death metal bands, so if your bread and butter is all about the riffs but you don’t really want the front of the stage lined with shirtless pirate-looking slobs you have to name your band something that has the effect of Raid on those sweaty stinky pirates. Birds of Avalon are in such a pickle as they figure out whether they want to be Molly Hatchet (starry eyed aping of the Allman Brothers in “Set You Free”), Cheap Trick (singer Craig Tilley does a dead-on Robin Zander) or Sweet (complicated time signatures, come on down). As with Earl Greyhound and Totimoshi, there’s a chick slinging one of the axes around and looking all Joan Jett mean-ass, a shock tactic that gets these bands more reviews from peeping-Tom critics but mostly just bums out their target audience. They’ll be at Great Scotts in Allston on Sunday, June 3. BEric W. Saeger