is Vern Avola?

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Veronica "Vern" Avola, an Italian-born composer and multimedia artist based in Portland, Oregon, infuses a cheerfully unhinged flair to the music scene with their unconventional approach and dark sense of humor.

Avola spearheads EMS Records, a sanctuary for their own, unconventional and peculiar sounds, mostly in the form of limited run cassettes and compact discs, while also releasing albums under labels like Sige Recordings and An Out Recordings. In addition to their solo endeavors, Avola is a member of Australian band DEAD, collaborates on occasion with with Daniel Menche (as Bear Spray), Ian Gorman Weiland (as Elrond), Vo Vo (An Out Recordings) and Erika Anderson (EMA). Avola was a founding member of Prizehog (2006-2015), and a long time member of Shrew Florist (2005-2012).

Their live performances, celebrated for their unconventional charm, have graced stages worldwide. Avola's residencies at esteemed institutions like Pioneer Works and involvement in organizations such as Residency Earth showcase their commitment to pushing artistic boundaries. Avola has had their music described as "a sprawling dustbin of cosmic oddities shot through with shuddering blasts and shuffling full spectrum noise" and "electronic music that combines wall noise with a delirious, Amanita Muscaria-soaked sense of dynamics."

Avola's interests span beyond composition and performance to the airwaves and the karaoke stage. They host a radio program on Repeater Radio in the UK, sharing eclectic tunes of all kinds. Off the air, Avola indulges their love for karaoke by hosting a bi-weekly event in Portland, Oregon called Road Hog Bitch Karaoke.


Ghost Bros OST in Wire Magazine!

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" Trigger Object is the new moniker adopted by Veronica 'Vern' Avola, and their latest release is a set of metaphysical sonic oddities inspired by the artist's love of ghost hunting reality TV shows. On Ghost Bros OST Avola relishes taking things to playful, noisy extremes with acrid atmospherics, creepy unidentifiable clangs and clunks, and oodles of goopy, pungent distortion. The ghost hunting theme is playfully explored on "Trailer Squatting Arsonist", a slow burning horror show that begins in hesitant, clunking rhythms and ends with a screaming, hissing wall of noise."Chaos Control" is all flashing lamps, trembling side tables and EMF readers going batshit.On "Zero4 Champ DooZy-J" Avola immolates shifty synths in stinging distortion with what feels like a twisted sense of glee. Of the more rhythmically hectic tracks, "Ghost Bros Theme" and "Dunk Chud" are wonderfully crunchy and kinetic, and "My Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings" is a juddering racket of blunt force fun. The album closes with appropriately haunted epilogue "Hag Lore", full of insidious ambience and shivering revulsion."

Wire Magazine Issue 485, July 2024

Upcoming Events

June 15 - with Daniel Menche, Zachary James Watkins, Kole Galbraith - Seizure Palace Portland, OR
July 21 - with Group Rhoda, Spines, Purpureal Daystar, DJ Yew, visuals by Hali Autumn - Dream House Bar Portland, OR
August 1 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
August 2 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Meow Wolf Denver, CO
August 3 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
August 4 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ
August 5 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Whiskey Creek ZΓ³calo Silver City, NM
August 7 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX
August 8 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Parish Austin, TX
August 9 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - Rubber Gloves Denton, TX
August 10 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - 89th St Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
August 11 - with SUMAC & Portrayal of Guilt - The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS

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Management/ US Booking: rachel@elasticmyths.com
International Booking: email@verns.world

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