Two quality slices of high-energy coolness make for a very promising debut from this Michigan-based garage outfit. The topside, "Wait," is a charging power pop number with a killer hook and some potent guitar riffing, while the flip, "There Was a Time," cuts back the tempo just a bit for a tight R&B-influenced groove. On both sides, guitarist Chris "Box" Taylor shows you can fill the dancefloor and still give your leads the cojones they deserve (a welcome development in this genre), vocalist Mariah Cherem is a rock vixen with both pipes and attitude, and the rhythm section of Theresa Kiefer and Claudia Leo gives the performances some real rock drive. Despite the flood of garage rock pretenders who've emerged since the White Stripes made MTV, the Avatars' first single shows that they're the real deal -- an album is certainly in order.
Wait/There Was a Time Review
by Mark Deming