For the last Take-Away of the Spring semester we caught up with the Avant Gardeners on the Gilman steps. Though it was that odd time on a Saturday morning when campus seems to be populated only by dog-walkers and over-achieving library dwellers, the band had a small audience to perform for, as one member’s fraternity brothers came out to lounge on Keyser Quad and support their brother.
The Avant Gardeners is made up of four freshmen: Alex Hurowitz (Guitar/Bass), Matt Small (drums), Quinn McFee (bass/guitar), and Jerald Lui (piano). Alex and Matt met before coming to Hopkins, at a pre-frosh event in NYC. Once on campus, they met Quinn and Jerald. The four of them jammed together and realized they had a good sound. Having seen them perform, we agree.
They cite influences from major rock acts to indie folk artists; the condensed list includes Radiohead, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, Tallest Man on Earth, John Bonham, and Sonic Youth.
For the Take-Away, they performed two of their original tracks, “Mirror,” and “Weights Are for Weighing,” as well as a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon.” They hope to continue writing and recording new material and we certainly hope that happens. Check out their Take-Away, and be sure to look for music from them in the future!
by Leanne Gossels