Audiovent

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Audiovent
Origin Calabasas, California, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993–2004
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts Agent Sparks
Reel Big Fish
Under the Influence of Giants
Incubus
Past members Jason Boyd
Benjamin Einziger
Paul Fried
Jamin Wilcox
Ryland Steen

Audiovent was an American alternative rock band from Calabasas, California. Audiovent was formed in the early 1990s under the name Vent, and broke up in 2004.

History[edit]

Audiovent was originally formed by Jason Boyd, Paul Fried, and Benjamin Einziger under the name Vent. Boyd and Fried met while attending A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas.[1] After Fried introduced Boyd to his stepbrother Einziger, the three decided to form a band. When Fried was in tenth grade Jamin Wilcox joined Vent. Throughout their high school years, Vent played gigs around Calabasas and eventually played as far as Hollywood.[1]

Hoog Music Sampler[edit]

Released in 1998 their oldest recorded demos are also considered the "holy grail" of old Vent material. This demo featured the songs, When Will We Learn, For The Moment (which later became "Sweet Frustration"), Remedy & Back & Forth. Over time, this demo has become scarce due to the low volume of copies produced. Every once in a while you may see a copy online.

Papa's Dojo[edit]

In 1999, the band independently recorded and released their first CD, Papa's Dojo, under the name Vent. Papa's Dojo sold more than 3,000 copies and was only available online and at local gigs. Upon release of "DSKIP" Numb, Remedy, and Only Human were the only three tracks that didn't make it onto the album from Papa's Dojo, although Numb was reworked into 'Underwater Silence'.

Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris[edit]

After Papa's Dojo, the band decided to undergo a few sessions of preventative group therapy to try to dispel any conflicts before they started. Boyd said about the sessions, "We don't want any kind of turmoil in our band. We don't want any egos getting in the way, or anything else that can cause a problem. We'd just rather not go there."[1]

In 2001, the band renamed themselves Audiovent, signed with the major label Atlantic Records. Audiovent then began recording their first major label album, Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris, which was released in 2002. The first single released off of the album was entitled The Energy and received significant national airplay both on the radio and as a music video. However, since the group had strong ties to the band Incubus, charges of nepotism plagued the group.

Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris received average reviews from the press, with many labeling it too slick and over-produced, especially compared to the band's raw live sound. It peaked at 156 on the Billboard 200 in 2002.[2] A second single, Looking Down was released with a video as well but it had little success. In late 2002, Audiovent toured with Saliva and Theory of a Deadman.[3]

Breakup[edit]

In 2003, Jamin left the band citing creative differences and was replaced by Ryland Steen. In early 2004, the band was largely dormant, suggesting a breakup. The band did re-convene for a time, playing a bunch of small clubs around California under the name Nigel, suggesting they were having label problems with Atlantic. The new tracks were very different from the sound of their first album. Later in 2004 the band finally split, citing "creative differences".

Members after break-up[edit]

Benjamin Einziger and Paul Fried[edit]

Benjamin Einziger and Paul Fried moved on to start another band named Agent Sparks. They have released an EP entitled Not So Merry and a full length album called Red Rover. Since then, Benjamin has been working on solo material and streaming songs on his reverbnation page.

Jamin Wilcox[edit]

Jamin Wilcox joined Aaron Bruno and Drew Stewart of Home Town Hero to form Under the Influence of Giants. They have since recruited bassist David Amezcua, signed to Island Records, and released their self-titled debut album. Recently he has also been releasing new songs via the internet.

Jason Boyd[edit]

Jason Boyd (jasonboyd.tv) currently sings, writes and plays various instruments with his new band "Ghostlight Orchestra" (ghostlightorchestra.com). Their debut album is due out in summer 2013.

Ties to Incubus[edit]

Three out of four of the original members of Audiovent are related to members of the band Incubus. Jason Boyd is the brother of vocalist Brandon Boyd. Benjamin Einziger is brother of guitarist Mike Einziger, and Paul Fried is their stepbrother.[4]

Members[edit]

  • Jason Boyd - Lead vocals (1993–2004)
  • Benjamin Einziger - Guitar, vocals (1993–2004)
  • Paul Fried - Bass (1993–2004)
  • Jamin Wilcox - Drums, vocals (1993–2003)
  • Ryland Steen - Drums (2003–2004)

Discography[edit]

Demos[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US

[5]

US
Heat.

[5]

2002 Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris
  • Released: June 4, 2002
  • Label: Atlantic (83544)
  • Format: CD
156 4

Independent releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[6]

US
Main.

[7]

UK

[8]

2002 "The Energy" 17 9 167 Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris
"Looking Down" 29
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "AUDIOVENT BIOGRAPHY". sing365.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Audiovent". Nielsen Business Media. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Theory Of A Deadman, Saliva, Audiovent To Tour". Nielsen Business Media. 2002-10-11. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Agent Sparks". Decoymusic.com. 2005-11-11. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Audiovent > Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Audiovent Album & Songs Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Audiovent > Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: A – Azzido Da Bass". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-06-21.