Avalanche started when guitarist Veronica, and drummer Ryan got together in an old steel factory to jam on a couple accadacca songs roughly two years ago. Soon after, vocalist/bass player Steven Campbell joined them, and with several months spent jamming and writing songs, Avalanche are now gigging and ready to rock Sydney.
How would you describe your music?
It’s very punchy high energy hard rock, similar to late 70’s early 80’s when rock bands were starting to just get faster but remain a rock n roll band, so there’s lots of blues elements and turnarounds but its fast and loud. We have a loud growly vocalist that really mixes well with the high volume guitars, thumping bass and thrashing drums, which can be hard to find these days.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We started working on the songs for this EP since we first got together around this time last year. We picked the best out of all our original material and brought them into South Street Recording Studios over a period of several months to record between gigs. We also got a live multitrack recording done at one of our gigs that we got mixed and mastered as well that will be included on the Double EP, which will have 8 songs all together, 4 studio recordings and 4 live recordings. We also collaborated with a graphic artist from South Australia by the name of Angvs to design the cover art. We have worked very hard on this EP, both in the writing, recording and promotion and will be gigging relentlessly over the next few months to promote it and give it the widest reach possible.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
AC/DC is the biggest one for us, but we all have different influences, from thrash metal, stoner rock, rock and roll and blues, but we bring that all together to create a unique and dynamic hard rock sound with our own twist.
What inspires you?
Sex, drugs, rock and roll, what else?
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We think a lot of bands at this stage in they’re careers don’t have a lot of money to spend on loads of studio time, so it really pays to have all the songs you want to record worked out as much as possible before you ever even step foot into the studio so you can make the most out of the time you have. We worked out and rehearsed all our songs non-stop until they were ready to record, so anytime you spend in the studio is just getting the best sound and maybe adding some little things to the song that you couldn’t have known were needed from rehearsals or playing it live.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We all have our favourites, Ryan our drummer loves Get Back to Fuckwit City, Steven the lead singer/bass player likes Run Like Hell, Veronica the guitarist loves Head First in Hell, but we all really like our closing number. We go from one of our songs; My Way or The Highway, straight into a cover of Let There be Rock. We, and the audience love it.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Avalanche.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry nowadays is hard to put a peg on really, you can do the absolute best in your ability and still be outsold and out popularised by a computer, it’s definitely a hard industry to get into, but the key to it all is really just perseverance. There’s an audience out there for anything. Sometimes it can just take a long time to find that audience.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Probably the time Veronica went through 3 guitars in one show because she kept breaking strings. It was our first gig out of town, she broke a string in the first few songs, and all the other bands suddenly started handing down they’re guitars, there were like 4 Les Paul’s to choose from. She used one and promptly broke another string within the next song, so then they handed her a Les Paul Gold Top and that managed to last for the remainder of the gig until the last song where she broke another string. No such thing as playing too hard for us. First gig with a smoke machine too so that was pretty cool. Apart from that, one bizarre thing is that there always seems to be this one pissed drunk bogan kinda dude at each of our gigs just having the best time ever and really getting into it, there’s been someone like that at every gig, or at the best gigs, a group of em!
What are your future plans?
We’ll pretty much be gigging non-stop for the next 3 months to promote the EP. Our main goal for the future is to play a big festival, and we might get our chance as we’ve been selected for the shortlist for Woop Woop Festival in QLD. You can vote for us to get in herehttps://www.woopfest.com.au/music-search/avalanche/ voting closes April 26th, would really appreciate the help! Beyond that, were already working on the next album.