Goodies and news galore!


Well I have all kinds of fun and good news! New album officially available on July 17th – via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia  and Nadine Records on vinyl and cassette! Vinyl will be random colors and if 35461451_205925910237599_528720975332638720_nyou order the vinyl through me, the first 50 orders will get a glow in the dark copy! I will have 23 copies available on the road as well on the upcoming Avola / Elrond summer friendship quest!



We will have new shirts available on this tour for Elrond and Avola as well.  Both shirts were designed by the other half of Elrond, otherwise known as Ian Gorman Weiland.

We are very excited for this upcoming tour.  Keep up on information about locations and dates here: .   If we haven’t hit your city / town yet, believe that it’s going to happen soon.  If you’re interested in helping set something up in the future drop me a line!

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.  Hope to see you soon!




Avola / Elrond SUMMER QUEST

Facebook Event:
AVOLA and ELROND are questing together all summer long!
If you’re interested in helping out with a date/location WE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!

* = Dates with just Avola
$ = Dates with just Elrond

Thursday, July 12 GRN+GLD – Que Sera Bar – Long Beach $
Friday, July 13 LA, CA
Saturday, July 14 San Pedro, CA

Wednesday, July 18 Bay Area, CA
Thursday, July 19 Northern California
Friday, July 27 PDX, OR
Saturday, July 28 PNW
Sunday, July 29 PNW
Monday, July 30 PNW
Tuesday, July 31 PNW
Wednesday, August 1 PNW
Thursday, August 2 Live In The Depths – Atlantis Lounge – Portland, OR
Friday, August 3 Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 4 Moscow, ID
Sunday, August 5 Missoula, MT*
Monday, August 6 Billings, MT*
Tuesday, August 7 Minot, ND*
Wednesday, August 8 Fargo, ND*
Thursday, August 9 MPLS, MN
Friday, August 10 MPLS, MN
Saturday, August 11 Madison, WI
Sunday, August 12 Iowa City, IA
Monday, August 13 MPLS, MN
Tuesday, August 14 MPLS, MN
Wednesday, August 15 Bismark, ND
Thursday, August 16 Bozeman, MT*
Friday, August 17 Nampa, ID*
Saturday, August 18 PDX, OR
Friday, August 24 PDX, OR
Wednesday, August 29 SF/Oakland, CA
Thursday, August 30 Riverside – Cemetary Gates – Venue Aurea Vista 3498 University Ave Riverside Ca



Welcome to VERNS.WORLD

A lot of changes going on around here! First — welcome to !!! My .net was about to expire and I thought… hmmm this seems WAY MORE FUN! I hope you like it as much as I do…
In other big news, after some years of using the moniker EMS – or Eat My Shit – I’ve decided to give my music a more grown up name… my name in fact. 
A V O L A .

My attitude won’t change, nor will I be getting rid of those rad t-shirts anytime soon… caz really…

Enjoy the Fruits of Friendship!

Sweet news brought to you by EMS and DEAD! (We even collaborated on this post!)

Back at Home // Unpopularity Contest! New Collaborations featuring EMS + JEM (of DEAD)  // DEAD + EMS

EMS + Jem – “Back at Home”

The EMS + Jem Cassette “Back At Home” is out 6.2.17!  On this recording EMS plays synth and live re-mixes Jem who plays a 44 Gallon drum armed with a hammer, mallets and a piece of fence piping we stole from a worksite.

Listen to a preview  here:

Order here:

The fourth and final chapter of DEAD’s trilogy features the band in collaboration with Vern Avola aka EMS – underground synth wizard from Portland, Oregon.

EMS is a sometimes touring partner of DEAD and the band consider her to be an exceptionally talented and inspiring individual. One single piece takes up an entire side of Vinyl in what might be described as the soundtrack to a slow, brooding nightmare. As with “We Won’t Let you Sleep” this record was made with Toshi Kasai at Sound of Sirens.
Melbourne cult power trio Wicked City take care of side two with three explosive punk rock bangers. DEAD have admired Wicked City’s unique and uncompromising contribution to progressive punk rock for many years and working with them on this is no small honour. Unpopularity Contest available here.


Summer 2015 – I got to record with my pals DEAD
Fast forward to now — it’s COMING OUT ON VINYL! And now there’s a fun contest with prizes including a copy of that very record!!

Search For the Shittest Riff:

‘To celebrate the release of DEAD/Wicked City’s Unpopularity contest LP, we are offering YOU all the chance to win a once in a lifetime vinyl extravaganza!!

Simply submit a video of your shittest, most pathetic riff and you could win!

– 1 x free copy of the new release
– 1 x free copy of Wicked City’s 3rd LP ‘Worsted Yarn’
– 1 x free DEAD t-shirt
– Free entry to the launch for the winner and a friend

Submissions must be under 30 seconds, and must be original! (No Creed, Nickelback or Live riffs) winner will be announced March 30th. You can use ANY instrument (including your voice).

So get writing, or tag a mate who writes the shittest fucking riffs!

Each band will choose one winner and there will be a consolation price for the person who submits the best riff.

Find out more here: