AVM stands for AUM SHINRIKYO, which is the cult that gassed the subway of Tokyo. Very little is known about these Japanese havoc wreakers but I was tipped to some information that had me delighted. Apparently there are some Rust Belt ties to this band (Ohio or PA, not saying). These songs are sinister and strong. The GISM influence seeps through and is not to be taken lightly. AVM hasn’t released much and most of their material is out of print but here are some songs that I suggest you exam.
Punching Moses is a hard rocking band out of a hard rocking city. Their sound falls somewhere between Motorhead and Venom, mixed with the Mentors. I hear some El Duce in the drumming. This is music you can dodge beer bottles to. Check out some tracks from their new 12 inch record.
I don’t know if oldies radio stations ever plays tracks like this anymore but growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, WBBG (oldies 93) was a hub for psychedelic/bubblegum/psych rock activity. You weren’t necessarily going to hear songs that appeared on Back From The Grave compilations but your ears were blessed with some strange sounds that are far removed from today’s mainstream and sterile world of radio.
The Lemon Pipers sprouted up in Oxford, Ohio and shot to the top of the charts in 1967 with the groovy hit, “Green Tambourine”. They were part of a tight knit group of bubblegum psych-pop groups that included Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Guitarist Bill Bartlett would eventually join Ramjam, who is known around the world for their boogie-rock cover of the old blues song “Black Betty”.