The Avid Light is an emerging modern rock band out of Tyler, Texas that consists of lead singer Chase Castleberry, guitarist Tanner Terhune, and drummer Colton Baum. The band writes and produces their own music and have created a sound that embodies who they are as individuals and artists. They have released their first mainstream album “Pressures” on October 22.
There are many alternative or indie rock bands out and about today that you almost get lost in counting. However there are very few who are actually worth listening to. The Avid Light is better than most of these bands in so many ways. Their lyrics are deeper and their songs don’t feel like filler at all. Every song is face of the band and every face of this band is amazing. I don’t think I have ever come across an album as passionate as this one. You can’t write lyrics like that without an experience to match and the experiences on “Pressures” are to be listened to!
Every inch of the music is superb – drums, guitar and vocals. Everything is just right. Every single song has depth. Through all the lyrics and singing, you definitely get a sense of vivid storytelling. Their music is motivating, uplifting, inspiring. I consider “Pressures” to be a very visual album. The Avid Light describe every inch, every feeling, that they are going or have gone through. You will find yourself nodding you head to every song, and desperately trying to sing along! Especially on upbeat standouts songs such as “Fear”, “Fade Away” and “Journey”. In-between, you’ll sway and swing to the melodic wonder of the slower tracks like “Strong Enough To Last”, “110” and “Dreams On Fire”.
“Pressures” contains some of the most relatable radio-ready music out there today; great melodies and hooks, and extremely well written choruses. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it all the way through. The songs actually get better the more you listen. Too many modern bands and songs create a deja vu vibe like “I’ve heard it before” or the lyrics are shallow with no depth. The Avid Light has written songs with depth and created so many good tunes that they really mean to sing about. They also sound so real while they still create a catchy impression in their music.
Lyrically polished, musically spectacular, and melodically entrancing, “Pressures” takes the promise of the first half of album and blows it out into a fully realized musical accomplishment of the highest order by the time you reach the end. It’s not always easy to match a good, solid first couple of tracks and the public’s expectations afterwards, but The Avid Light has been able to maintain the quality of their material and performances, right up until the final song.
Quite simply The Avid Light is vibrantly excellent, with the absolute highlight being their superb vocals. Certainly one of the best new, pop-rock groups out right now!