Avida Dollars opened up their MySpace page in 2005 and the band themselves sound like they might have stayed around about the same era. But rather than sounding like one of the multitude of bands that have haunted the equally terrible Radio 1 Live Lounge CDs over the years, the Sheffield band sound like a culmination of all the good bands that you’d half forgotten, the acts that opened up half decent shows and that you could only ever manage to get one mp3 of, which you’d play desperately to people at boring house parties and hope that they somehow make it big.
They might not ever make it past their current level of notoreity – fittingly measured by the amount of friends they’ve amassed on their profile page at 1,432, but they at least sound they’#re having fun whilst they’re doing it. Joseph and the Argonauts clocks in at nearly seven minutes but feels more like a forced 2, half hearted vocals and genuinely angry guitar work making up the most of the pieces, glued together by the kind of refrain that Good Shoes would probably pay a decent amount of money for, now. It won’t completely block away the memory of having seen The Automatic live in concert, but it may numb the pain for a while.
Avida Dollars – Jospeh and the Argonauts