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Featured Indie Artist: Dylan McDonald and The Avians

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Featured Indie Artist: Dylan McDonald and The Avians

Fueled By Dreams Of The Future is only the second album by Dylan McDonald and The Avians, but is the next step in a long musical journey. The band features Dylan McDonald on lead vocals and guitar, Daniel DeMonico on lead guitar, Will Brown on keys, and Joshua Cobb on drums.

“This band is different than any that I have been in,” Cobb confides. “It’s a lot more old school because we record live. It’s all recorded live in the studio and not many bands do that anymore….It’s about being together. I enjoy doing these songs that way. To me, it is like showing respect to the past.”

McDonald echoes Cobb’s enthusiasm. “Everyone is really strong in their instrument and brings something different to the performances,” McDonald says. “I feel like our songs are constantly evolving. We tweak them all the time, and they change and grow, just like we do as musicians.”

Led by Dylan (sole songwriter and son of five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Michael McDonald), the band’s primary musical influences are the legendary artists of the 60s and 70s. McDonald admits, “Those artists are such influences to us musically that it makes sense that people hear it in our music, but I am humbled anyway.”

McDonald continues, “Sometimes it is frustrating because people expect to hear my dad’s iconic voice in me…and it’s just not there. Musically we are very different.” Inside MusicCast noted the familial influence, but added Dylan “understands the music creation process, but, as you’ll soon hear, it’s not all due to his dad’s influence. His music is his own and it’s very fresh.”

Band member DeMonico remarks that one of the bands strengths is Dylan’s “lyrical depth and ability to write about universal emotions that everyone feels—and can relate to—in different times of their lives.” Nashville Scene agreed, saying Dylan “can craft accessible pop melodies bolstered by rootsy grooves.” WGTB’s Jackson Sinnenberg called the new album “tighter, more refined, and expressive.”

Fueled by Dreams of the Future is available now.

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