Alyson Avenue are:
Arabella Vitanc : Vocals, background vocals
Thomas Löyskä : Bass, guitar
Fredrik Eriksson : Drums
Tony Rohtla : Guitars
Niclas Olsson : Keyboards, background vocals
ALYSON AVENUE was formed in 1989 by a couple of friends who intended to play melodic rock in the way TREAT and EUROPE amongst others did. At that time ALYSON AVENUE had a male vocalist.
Anette was taken in to the band as a Back up singer but did a great job on a demo recording and then became a permanent member of the band soon after the band was founded. With a female vocalist the similarities of the band’s sound used to be compared with HEART & ROBIN BECK. The music drifted towards a much more “poppier” sound for a while but at the rehearsals you could hear the band playing everything from Hard Rock to even Soul. When playing live ALYSON AVENUE always had concentrated to perform AOR & Hard Rock only though.In 1995 the main discussion was in what direction the band should go. Some demos with melodic rock had been recorded over the years and as people obviously liked it they decided to stay with it.
In 1999, the band sent out a demo to the press and gained huge feedback for their sound. With a little help by the Belgian melodic rock orientated magazine Rock Report, ALYSON AVENUE found the right contacts to some labels. Unfortunately not much happened but the Band got together to record another new 4 track demo which finally resulted in a record deal with AOR Heaven.
The debut album “Presence Of Mind” was released in November 2000 and the interest and reviews were far beyond the band’s expectations – including an 93/ 100 rating in Japanese magazine Burrn! which was followed by massive sales. In 2003, a little more than 3 years later ALYSON AVENUE released a new album titled “Omega”.
In 2007, ALYSON AVENUE had slowed down a bit so when NIGHTWISH went public with the information that they looked for a new Lead Vocalist, Anette decided to make a go of it. Some of the Band members helped Anette with the Demorecordings and the rest is, as they say, History.
After Anettes departure to NIGHTWISH the rest of the Band toyed with the idea of starting a new Male Fronted AOR-Band but those ideas where eventually scrapped and the search of a new Female Vocalist started.
In 2009 Arabella Vitanc joined the band on Lead Vocals giving the band new energy to start the work on the 3:rd Alyson Avenue record.
Presence of Mind (2009)