As the first decade of the 21st century wound to a close, the Gods of Rock stirred in their fitful slumber. Long had they lain dormant since their epic creations of the 1960s and 1970s, and their decadent saccharine confections of the 1980s. Having roused themselves briefly for a hungover bout of musical catharsis in Seattle in the 1990s, the Gods of Rock decided to try something different at the turn of the century, and with much fire and cacophony birthed Tenacious D. Pleased, but still weary, they rested again.
But as the years went by, their dreams grew restless – another great creation was required to sate their desire for entertainment. And this time, it would be a band that could draw on all that came before, synthesizing musical genres, comedy, and showmanship into an incisive synchronized musical psychotherapy instrument for all humanity. Thus were the Aversion Therapists brought forth from the primeval clay of the earth (or from their engineering, sales management, and civil service careers, which feels like basically the same thing).
Fourscore and Seven Months ago, a couple of guitar-rock-loving engineers named Evan and Gerardo brought forth on this continent a new band, conceived in insobriety, and dedicated to the proposition that the only thing more fun than seeing a performance by this band, would be performing in it.
Cobbling together a set list of cover tunes whose unifying trait was that each one would be sure to embarrass any self-respecting cover band, and beginning to write tunes of their own, Aversion Therapy filled out its roster with Henry and Bruce, and began marketing their particular musical medicine to the public. Convinced that a Hall & Oates tune should be followed by Iron Maiden, that Adele and Black Sabbath are a nice match, and that Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Stones and Guns & Roses actually all belong in the same song, Aversion Therapy have consistently left audiences asking themselves, “Did I really just hear that?”
As their songwriting bravado escalated well beyond their talents, they challenged the listening public to provide song ideas for the band to execute, resulting in such obvious hits as "You Won't Take my Calls, So I Put a Spycam on Your Dog" and "I'm So Punk Rock (Even My Kid has a Mohawk)", as well as the theme song for "The Worst Little Podcast in the World".
In 2011, with these songs as a backbone, the band entered the studio to make full-length album, and an episode of VH1's "Behind the Music". After a period of time that no one will discuss, the band emerged in 2012 with their debut album, called "Dog Park". (The film crew was not heard from again).
In a completely unrelated event, lead guitarist Gerardo "don't call me Rico Suave" fled bid a fond farewell to the USA for a corporate VP job in Chile. After an exhausting exhaustive search (don't call us, Yngwie, we'll call you), the Therapists welcomed aboard lead guitarist Denis, who was tired of being offered sex and cocaine by Hollywood starlets, and had moved to Reno.
Armed with a fresh set of guitar licks, vocals, and songwriting chops, the Therapists went back to the studio in the fall of 2013, emerging in just weeks with (everyone still alive and nobody wanted for questioning) a new album, featuring listener-proposed tunes such as "Strategic Petroleum Reserve", "Polygamy Blues", and "(Why I Wear) Two Wetsuits". Named as one of the best local albums of 2013 by the RGJ (though we're not sure if everyone with qualified submission was included), "Snake Oil" is just what the (inebriated) doctor ordered.
The band continues to develop new material, along with some questionable new choices of song covers, and is seeking gigs that pay more than we are worth, and provide food and beverages.
So hurry, before they inevitably become international superstars, and catch Aversion Therapy at your local dive bar, block party, athletic competition or charity event. Or hire them for private parties, corporate functions, or even weddings you're not too sure about. And find out how much fun live music can be.
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