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Audiovent
April 21, 2002

From the suburban musical hotbed of Calabasas, California comes Audiovent, and their debut single "The Energy" is in the radio.wazee spotlight this week. You can find it on their debut album on Atlantic "Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris."

Having already made a name for themselves via ecstatic live performances up and down the West Coast, quartet Audiovent has been making music together for nearly a decade. Inspired by an eclectic variety of old-school rock and soul, the rockstar lifestyle is a family affair for the band: singer Jason Boyd and guitarist Ben Einziger are the brothers of Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger. Aside from that, bassist Paul Fried is Ben and Mike's stepbrother. Audiovent are capped off by drummer Jamin Wilcox, son of Jon Wilcox from Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Though the blood connections are undeniable, Audiovent (formerly known as Vent, they changed their name for legal reasons) says they aren’t ‘Incubus Jr.’ Though Jason’s voice sounds a lot like his heartthrob brother’s, he says that’s where the similarities end. "We're influenced by different people, so that's what separates us," he explained. "I'm more into the classic rock sound like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and David Bowie, and I think he's more into Mike Patton and things like that."

Naturally, Boyd likes to downplay the "whole Incubus thing." He insisted Audiovent has never asked for nor received direct help from Incubus, and that when he met Ben Einziger in junior high at AE Wright Middle School, he had no idea Brandon was already jamming with Ben's brother. "It's kind of like fate brought us together," Jason said. "We started only a little bit after Incubus did. We've been together as a band for nine years and we all grew up together. We're best friends."

The follow-up to their 1999 indie debut "Papa's Dojo," on "Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris" Audiovent worked with Gavin Mackillop (Goo Goo Dolls). The first single, "Energy," is about Boyd's first true love, with whom he parted ways during the album's creation. "’Energy’ and a lot of the record was written during the breakup," he said. "And that song in particular is about my realization that I can't be dependent on any one person except myself. It's just a constant reminder of where I was at that point in my life and now the song just lets me know that I can't get back there again."

Audiovent is currently on a U.S. tour with another band boasting sibling connections: Adema. Adema's frontman, Marky Chavez, is of course the half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis. The tour wraps up May 16th in Norfolk, Virginia at the NorVa.



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