The Avett Brothers have had their “moments,” over the years, according to older brother Scott. But he says that in their decade playing music together he and younger sibling Seth would not be mistaken for the battling brothers of the Kinks, Black Crowes or Oasis.
“We did have problems when we drank a lot,” Scott, 34, acknowledges. “Now, though, we try to make decisions that keep us from bending our minds too much to where we do irrational things and complain and argue.
“That being said, we still argue or have disagreements at times about songs or songwriting, whether we should play a certain show or not, how we should play a show or not. But we try to be civil about the disagreements. Both of us have to realize, like in any relationship, you have to say, ‘OK, you get it. You win. I’m gonna step aside and let you do your thing.’ That’s key.”
The Avetts have made quite a few tough decisions during the past couple of years, including moving to a major label for its latest album, “I and Love and You,” which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 — the best showing of the group’s career. The quartet is still happy with it, according to Scott, but he quickly adds the success has stoked the group’s appetite for making more music — beyond “Live, Volume 3,” a CD and DVD set due out Oct. 5.
“I think it’s chapter one in a series of records to come,” he explains. “The direction is really something we’ve been wanting to do, to deliver a concept or a theme within the song and really dig into something.
“We really feel like we’re starting to do that, so immediately it makes us eager to move on to the next one — the next entry if you will. We’re still enjoying this one, though, and we still have a lot to learn about the songs. But we can’t wait to see what we do next.”
The Avett Brothers headline Riverfest 2010 on Saturday, July 24, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Justin Nozuka and One EskimO also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $35. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.939theriverradio.com.
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