Modern rock band Audiovent reunite for a concert for the first time in 15 years, guitarist Benjamin Einziger spoke to L.A Weekly.
Over the years, 15 to be exact, we've gently broached the idea of getting together to rehearse and/or play a concert as Audiovent. However, the reunion concept would usually fall by the wayside, and another year would pass by. About six months ago, I'd posted (on my personal Facebook page) a live concert we'd played for MTV at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and it received a rather compelling response; lots of remarks from people telling us to reunite, write songs, go on tour, etc. Our friend Dan, from the band Hoobastank, wrote me a message, telling me he “missed our band's music,” and asked me if we'd open for them on their national tour. I asked the rest of Audiovent, and they were all down to give it a shot. Unfortunately the Hoobastank tour was canceled. However, that prompted us to book our own reunion show at the Viper Room.
After Audiovent called it quits, I put a band together called Agent Sparks. We signed to Immortal Records, and put out an EP and an LP. We had a fantastic time but the band definitely had a time limit, as we were all getting older and more concerned about the future and our financial stability. After Agent Sparks ended, I started composing music for television — mostly commercials. I'm now a creative director for a global music agency called MassiveMusic, creating music and sound design for all types of media.
We'll be playing three new songs at the show. We've also created rearrangements for a couple of older tracks that needed some refreshing. I’m hoping we can come up with enough new material for a new record within the next six to 12 months. We’ll see what happens.