A stripper adjusts her transparent, skin-tight red gown, the girls compare tats with the band, and Avery lists the greatest moments of his brief tenure as a rock star: the time the band opened a sold-out arena for Blink-182; the time it used System of a Down’s colossal drum kit to record. He thinks the best moment was drinking with Motorhead’s Lemmy in L.A. at the Rainbow Room on Sunset Strip.
Avery looks at home, flush with a Budweiser and a fistful of cash intended for the four Pure Pleasure women. Recently turned 30, he’s been touring hard in rock bands for more than a decade. Still, losing MCA was a blow. “Who would have thought the house that Buddy Holly built would close?” he asks.
River City High has signed with a new label, Repossession, founded by a former MCA executive. Avery and Menefee have labored the better part of this year acquiring a new drummer and backup guitarist. The two are sure that now, presented another opportunity like MCA, they’ll do some things differently. Rule No. 1, Avery says: “Spend more quicker.” — Wayne Melton
River City High’s last studio album was “Won’t Turn Down,” available through the band’s Web site, www.rivercityhigh.com.
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