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Anavan Cover Story

Isn’t Los Angeles supposed to be filled with mindless corporate-rock drones? Something has changed, because it seems like L.A.’s Smell scene has become the punk-rock center of the universe. No Age, Mika Miko, The Mae Shi, HEALTH, Abe Vigoda–the bands keep coming, and now you can add Anavan to the list. Cover Story, the band’s sophomore album, finds the keyboard-driven trio settling into a decidedly dance-oriented sound that also happens to be a whole lot more fun than that of their Smell compatriots. “The Perfect Sound” is like a muscled-up B-52’s or Go-Go’s tune, while the synthy beats of “Boom” and “Off to a Fighting Start” are sure to incite some serious crust-punker dance parties.

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