Today I had the opportunity to review AVENUE ARMY's single, "FAVORITE ENEMY" - a pulsating track that seamlessly blends the best elements of alternative rock and rap, harking back to the early nu-metal days of the 2000's, but reinventing the sound for today's market. Hailing from San Diego, the band infuses a refreshing brightness to the sound, making it a must-listen for fans of Alien Ant Farm (*whom of which they have shared the stage with), and Linkin Park.
Right from the start, the driving guitars (provided by Vaughn Esparza and Max Bergstrom) and powerful drums & bass (drums whacked by Jack Owens and bass driven by Drew Smith) set the tone for what's to come - as the soaring vocals of Max Bergstrom kick in, you can't help but be drawn into the infectious energy of the track. The catchy rap breaks add an extra edgy layer of depth to the song, making it stand out from the rest of the music of today.
The lyrics are equally captivating, delving into the complex emotions of love and lust. The chorus, "All the way, I'll be your favorite enemy," will stick in your head long after the song has ended. The line, "I'll keep you close in disarray," is a testament to the band's ability to craft lyrics that are both poetic and relatable for so many of us who've been in complicated relationships. It is disturbingly beautiful.
"Favorite Enemy" showcases Avenue Army's ability to create music that's both catchy and meaningful, yet heavy and exciting. They've put a unique spin on the rap-rock alternative genre that's sure to win over fans from all over the musical spectrum. This is a must-listen for anyone who's looking for a new rock track that's fresh, heavy, fun, poetic and nostalgic.