Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Avalanche.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
AVALANCHE: We’re a 3 piece hard rock band from Sydney, all under the age of 21, we formed in an old steel factory where we used to rehearse. We play gut busting, roof crashing, high energy Rock ‘N Roll, similar to late 70’s early 80’s when rock bands were starting to get faster and harder but remain a rock n roll band, so there’s lots of blues elements and turnarounds but its fast and loud, and we have a powerful, growly vocalist that really mixes well with the high volume guitars, thumping bass and thrashing drums, which can be hard to find these days.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
AVALANCHE: AC/DC is the big one, as you may be able to tell. But between us we’re into the entire spectrum of rock and roll, from blues and rockabilly, to psychedelia, heavy metal and of course hard rock. Lots of good Aussie rock bands have influenced us as well, like Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, and of course Avalanche; Steven’s (lead singer/bass player) dad’s band in the early 70s and 80s, who we got our name from.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
AVALANCHE: Avalanche Sent From Hell is our debut double EP with 4 studio recordings and 4 live recordings we multi-tracked at one of our gigs. It’s like a punch in the face from start to finish, we tried to get the most massive sound possible using sheer volume and force rather then distortion and effects. It’s about hell and sin and sex and rock and roll, played through the interpretation of our generation but inspired by everything that came before.
The opening track ‘Sold My Soul’, delves into the story off the crossroads and signing deals with the devil, ‘Balls Deep’ and ‘On Your Back’ are about exactly what you think they are; the latter a slower rhythm based rock n roll track and, the former an anthem with an outro solo that will kick your ass. We finish the A-side with ‘Head First in Hell’ a fast-paced hard rock epic, our answer to songs like ‘Riff Raff’ and ‘Number of the Beast’, killer solos, crazy dynamics, loud AF drums, and powerful melody lines that grab the audience by the throat and never let go.
Then the B-side has all the live tracks, including; a live version of Head First in Hell, a song about telling someone to fuck off in the most Australian way possible; ‘Get Back (to Fuckwit City)’, a mean fast and groovy bluesy song called ‘Run Like Hell’, and our closing song; ‘Down in the Gutter’ probably our most high energy song, unwavering from beginning to end, its either gonna make you wanna fight something or fuck something. So if that’s what you like, then you should check it out.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
AVALANCHE: We’ve been told we’re very loud haha. But you can expect to just have a good time and maybe go a little deaf. We always look out into the crowd and see both young people and older people getting up off their chairs and head banging and dancing around to our music, the audience often goes as hard as we do. A lot of people tend to think that rock is dead, or that only older people are into it or that it only appeals to a small group of people, but if you actually go out to gigs, its amazing the mix of people and ages you see there. If you come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
AVALANCHE: Hopefully a tour around Australia in the next few years, and beyond that, internationally as well as an opener for a well respected band. Our main goal is also to play a major Australian festival, and we might get our chance as we have been put on the shortlist for Woop Woop Festival in Queensland. Our long term goal is to play a major UK festival.