Local Hardcore Legend Has Really Shitty Job

DETROIT — Mike Avery, the legendary frontman of 90s hardcore band Turnaround has recently been spotted working at a terribly shitty job.

Avery, widely considered to be one of the most influential frontmen of his generation – in both a musical and personal sense – can be found at the Twelve Oaks Mall working at the “Olive You Forever” gourmet olives kiosk on most weekdays.

“It’s crazy to see him here. I would be at every Turnaround show in the 90s. That guy right over there in his little uniform was my hero growing up. I guess it’s kind of sad, in a way. He spoke with so much charisma and passion on stage about life and all it’s challenges but now he just hands out free olive samples,” Robert Norton, a patron of the mall, said. “I wonder if he is still straight edge?”

After about 30 minutes of explaining why exactly Hard Times reporters weren’t trying to interview him for a documentary about Turnaround, Avery agreed to speak with us about his current situation.

“Check it out, man, I wouldn’t change a thing. Hardcore introduced me to some of the best people in the world and now I get to house sit for them when they go on family vacations. Our first guitarist quit the band to go to college – he is a chemical engineer for BP now – and I stay in a room above his garage,” the legend said.

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Although he used to sing in front of hundreds of enthusiastic kids who knew every word to his songs, Avery says he’s happy waking up and catching the 5:30 a.m. bus to clean olive jars and take shit from his 18-year-old supervisor, Vanessa Morton.

Morton praised Avery for his good work ethic and natural ability to sell gourmet olives, but added, “I just wish he didn’t dress like a teenager; he is in his 40s and it’s starting to look a bit desperate.”

Article by The Hard Times Staff. Photo by Jason Mazzola.

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