- Average 6 – Cheerleader Song (Live 2001) – 2001 (click to listen)
During middle school and high school, Arty had this huge crush on a girl named Jess who was a cheerleader. It was ridiculous how much this girl wanted nothing to do with him. After a night of writing a cool song, Arty decided he would take the lead on writing the lyrics and make it about this girl. Her nickname was bangs because when Arty met her in 1998, while he was in 8th grade, she had bangs and the nickname stuck. She probably has no idea a song was written about her and probably never will. This was his chance to play the song live for her, and I bet she had no idea.
- Average 6 – Summer (Live 2001) – 2001 (click to listen)
Summer’s lyrics were written by Arty and Joe P. it was about finding a love during the summer. It was a romantic song to set the tone for the summer. Arty and Joey P would later on record this as a duet.
- Average 6 – Waiting (Live 2001) – 2001 (click to listen)
A song written weeks before the first live set the boys would ever play, they decided to add it to the cue. They opened the 2001 RHS talent show with this for about 1000 people. Arty never rocked so hard on the drums before. From when the first note was played to the last crash of the cymbals, it was the greatest 3 minutes of their lives.
- Average 6 – Damn It (Blink 182 Cover) – 2001 (click to listen)
The boys favorite band was Blink 182. The first cover they learned was Damn It and they played it until their finger bleed. One day fucking around during practice, Adam grabbed the mic and the boys played their ass off.
- Average 6 – Cheerleader Song – 2001 (click to listen)
During middle school and high school, Arty had this huge crush on a girl named Jess who was a cheerleader. It was ridiculous how much this girl wanted nothing to do with him. After a night of writing a cool song, Arty decided he would take the lead on writing the lyrics and make it about this girl. Her nickname was bangs because when Arty met her in 1998, while he was in 8th grade, she had bangs and the nickname stuck. She probably has no idea a song was written about her and probably never will.
- Average 6 – Dark Day – 2001 (click to listen)
During High School, Arty had a weird obsession with turning his room into a night club, with black lights and strobe lights. The band would practice in Arty’s bedroom. This song was written during April Vacation of 2001 after a trip to Boston. The boys had written this cool riff and then just made up lyrics along the way while we set up a video camera to capture it all.
- Average 6 – Cheeseburger Song – 2001 (click to listen)
This little song was written in the summer of 2001. a little tow tapper if you will about hanging out on Revere Beach in the summer, eating cheeseburgers and such. Arty had just bought a cow bell and felt the need to get it worked into a song. A sing along for the whole family!
- Average 6 – Dreamer – 2001 (click to listen)
This was a song written in 2001 because Arty and Joey M were obsesses with the girl group Dream. Some how the boys were able to convince Adam and Joey P to write a song for the group. Along with the song, Joey and Arty put together a video that they sent off to Dream in NYC. In the video each boy talked about their favorite dream girl. It was a very uncomfortable video to watch and we wish we had a copy of it somewhere, we do in fact have the song tho.
- Load 84 – That’s What She Said – 2001 (click to listen)
This song was taken off a saying made famous by friend of the band Joey da Cheese who was a childhood friend of Arty’s that later knocked him out after a street hockey game in the October of 2000. No one really remembers what the two were fighting about, but it ended a friendship. Joey da Cheese would say that’s what she said after almost everything. It even got Arty kicked out of senior year English class for using it too much
- Load 84 – Load – 2001 (click to listen)
This song was written in Joey M’s basement during April vacation 2001. The boys met over at Joey’s house everyday that vacation. Arty was dating a girl he met on Yahoo Chat and was planning on her coming to Revere one of those days, but she never did. That relationship ended by June of 2001
- Load 84 – Zipps – 2001 (click to listen)
This song was written in Arty’s backyard in the summer of 2001. It is a quick tune with very limited lyrics and then recorded in Arty’ basement with a very rough system of recording using a karaoke machine that Arty stole from his little sister.
- Load 84 – Procrastinator – 2001 (click to listen)
This track was one of the first of Load 84. The music was by Adam and the lyrics were a group effort, mostly Joey M and Adam. Adam brought this song to the band and we went with it.
About the Band
Average 6 was officially started in December of 1999. Drummer, myself and guitar/bass player Joey M were friends since 1989 and when the two got their instruments for Christmas that December, we decided to put a band together. Joey M’s little brother Mikey had recently got a bass guitar and we asked him to join in with us. At the time Mikey was in 8th grade while Joey M and I were in 10th. After months exploring their instruments and teaching themselves how to play, we finally were able to put a few chords together and form a couple of songs. The original name of the band was called “Accident Prone” but was changed soon after naming once my father discovered there was already a band with that name.
The next name of the band was called “84 Sheep Dog”, named after the type of van that was being driven in Joey’s & I’s favorite movie “Dumb & Dumber”. In early March of 2000, I was formally introduced to new found friend Adam C. Me and Joey M went to Middle School with Adam, but didn’t really know him since he was in another cluster at the Garfield School. It was an absolute accident that Adam and I started talking music.
Adam needed to change out of one of his classes and doing so made his chemistry and gym class get changed. It just so happened it was my class he was changed into. During gym one day Adam and I where talking about music and I had mentioned he was in a band with two other guys. Adam seemed to spark some interests. The next gym class Adam brought me a cassette tape of a few riffs he had put together. I invited Adam over to our next practice and no soon after, we started to record some of our songs on mini disk and tape. Adam was a more advanced guitar player than Joey M, so we gave him the lead and Joey would take Rhythm and the both of them would share vocals. The four of us were off as a group and we decided to change their name one more time and call ourselves Load 84, as in bust a load, and 84 for the year 3 of us were born.
We would get together during April and summer vacation and play whenever they could. In September of 2000, Joey and I’s long lost friend from middle school, Joey P caught wind of the group and asked if he could join. He plays a little more advance guitar than Adam and was really able to take the group to the next level. Mikey at this time had left the band.
In the summer of 2000, friend of the band, Joey P sparked interested in joining the group. Joey P was pretty advanced on guitar and with Joey M’s brother Mikey leaving that summer, there was an opening in the band. Joey M moved to bass, Adam to rhythm and Joey P on lead, with the two Joe’s sharing vocals. I was of course on the drums. on a late night discussion one night, the band decided to change their name to Average 6 in the spirit of the average size of a penis on a male.
The group recorded several songs and only played live together 3 times, (2 entirely). In 2001, they all four played the RHS Talent show, In 2002 Adam had quit the bad and the three remaining played the RHS talent show for the second time. In 2003 during spring break at a relative’s house of Joey P, a band let the boys play a couple of songs during their set. After that spring break night in south Florida, Joey M, Joey P and myself never played together again.