Moore Ave (formerly, Moore Ave Underground) is a band that takes the punk rock wave of the late 90-00s and turns it into a blend of melodically driven distortion that will have your eardrums yearning for mo(o)re. Community, empathy, and a sense of family are three pillars that Moore Ave has always stood for, and in a world where these qualities are fleeting… What’s more punk rock than that?
Moore Ave hails from the small town of Aylmer, Ontario, and is composed of brothers Gaudette; Josh (rhythm/vocals), Joe (lead vocals), and Jack (bass), with the final piece to the puzzle being their “guilty by association” brother-in-punk, Shawn MacDonald (drums).
Fans of the band have been eagerly awaiting new music, and luckily, they won’t have to wait too much longer. Moore Ave is releasing a studio album in the spring of 2023, after working tirelessly with Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire to produce their best work to date.
Vocalist Josh Gaudette says, “Joe and I wrote ‘Second Best’ while we were jamming during the first COVID lockdown. We were just riffing together one day, and the chords fell out in a jam and I started humming the melody and it came together really quickly and organically. For us, the track is about sticking up for yourself and raising the standard of the people you give your time to. As cliché as it may sound, I think that one’s time is very valuable, and most people will get to a point in their life where free time is sparse, and you need to guard what time you do get.”
The video for “Second Best” was directed by the band’s drummer, Shawn, and shot in Moore Ave’s hometown of Aylmer—it was a tough shoot, Josh says, even though they were familiar with the location. “We didn’t anticipate the terrible sunburns and borderline heat stroke we all got from carrying all our gear down almost 3 km’s of abandoned train tracks in the middle of one of the hottest days of the summer. In the end, we had a great shoot and made a rad video that we are all really proud of, so it was truly worth it.”
The “Second Best” single and video are available now.
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