By harnessing the spirited passion and exuberance of turn-of-the-century pop-punkers like the Starting Line and Yellowcard, the thunder-from-down-under Avastera (they’re actually from Perth, Australia), are primed to make a big debut stateside with their latest release, the Clocks Have Ticked Too Long. But this EP is not all simple pomp and circumstance, as when this band decides to bring the heavy, and mind you, they can, because when vocalists Mike Lang and Chris Hanssen decide to turn the volume to 11, that’s when shit gets real (“As the Tables Turn,” “This Beautiful Nightmare”). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is an album that succeeds on all levels, whether it’s pouring its heart out via moments of charming vulnerability (“December Sun”) or showcasing a penchant for engaging melody with a flair for the grandiose (“Ms. Conception”). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is not only one of the finest debut releases you’ll hear this year, it’s one of the best debuts in recent memory. And no, you didn’t read that wrong, this EP is Avastera’s debut, which is scary – something you’ll understand a little better after you give the Clocks Have Ticked Too Long a spin. But this EP is like Lays chips, you can’t listen just once.
Go Download: “As the Tables Turn”