Avail

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Avail
OriginReston, Virginia, United States
GenresPunk rock, hardcore punk, melodic hardcore
Years active1987–2007, 2019
LabelsJade Tree Records
Fat Wreck
Lookout! Records
Websiteavailrichmond.com
MembersTim Barry
Joe Banks
Gwomper
Erik Larson
Beau Beau
Past membersBrien Stewart
Doug Crosby
Ed Trask
Chuck McCauley

Avail is an American punk rock band from Richmond, Virginia, United States. Originally from Reston, Virginia, the band formed in 1987, its members including Joe Banks, Doug Crosby, Brien Stewart, and Mikey Warstler. The only original remaining member, guitar player Joe Banks, teamed up with rival band LDK's (Learning Disabled Kids) Tim Barry. They moved to Richmond in 1990, and soon, after numerous line up changes, put together a solid lineup to release their first album "Satiate" in 1992. Many of their lyrics center on Richmond. The band released six studio albums.

The band has never officially disbanded, but has not released new material since 2002 and not played live since late 2007, although on March 26, 2019, the band announced a reunion show at The National in Richmond, Virginia, scheduled for July 19.[1]

Members[edit]

Current
Former members
  • Brien Stewart-vocals
  • Chuck McCauley - Bass
  • Robert Kelshian - Bass
  • DJ Grimes - Bass
  • Doug Crosby - Drums
  • Mikey Warstler - Bass
  • Ed Trask- Drums

Label change[edit]

Avail self-released their first LP, Satiate on Catheter-Assembly Records. It was later re-released by Lookout! Records. They released several studio releases on Lookout! and then went on to Fat Wreck Chords for One Wrench and Front Porch Stories. Most recently, they have signed on with Jade Tree Records who has recently re-released the Avail albums Dixie, 4am Friday, and Over the James.

Legacy in Richmond[edit]

Tim Barry is currently writing and performing solo music. Joe Banks, Chuck McCauley and Erik Larson have teamed up in the band Freeman.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Demo albums[edit]

  • Each Other - 1988
  • Reaching Out - 1989

EPs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Simple Song" (1996)
  • "West Wye" (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Necci, Marilyn Drew. "Now Hear This: AVAIL Reunites At The National In July". RVA Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-26.

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