Sydney’s hardest-rocking four piece Avalanche have released their rollicking new single Second Hand Band, a powerful track that encapsulates what it’s like for a rock n roll band on their way to the top. The band have also released a potent video to accompany Second Hand Band, an ode to the band’s beginnings, rehearsing in an old steel factory in Sydney’s west. Avalanche’s highly anticipated new EP of the same name is out now also. The band will be heading out on a massive east coast tour to celebrate taking in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Wollongong, Newcastle, back through Sydney, then wrapping up at The Basement in Canberra on August 14. Steve Campbell (lead vocals and bass) answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Second Hand Band?
It’s been awesome, we’ve been pretty amazed at all the nice comments and people interested in it. I feel like we’re starting to come a bit more into our own with this release and showing off just what we got. And so far everyone seems to be on board with it which is great.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
We recorded all the songs on the EP at the same time and decided what we wanted the main single to be afterwards. So it definitely had its ups and downs, I wouldn’t say it was challenging per se but there were definitely a few moments that caught us off guard. It took us a while to get the tones of everything right especially with the dynamics of the lead guitar to the rhythm cause we wanted the lead to really rip through the mix but not completely overshadow the rhythm in a way that wasn’t just turning the gain up, which I think we did well but it was quite hard to get right and took us a few tries.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Its an energetic, punchy ball of riffs and melodies put together to punch you in the face and then carefully lay you down unconscious. But most importantly, it has balls.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
We’re very much influenced by old school Aussie pub rock but the biggest would be AC/DC. We all listened to them religiously growing up and when we first came together we would play a few of their songs as covers and its where we really got the first footing of the band from. But lots of other great Aussie bands like Rose Tattoo, Airbourne, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, The Angels even the Easybeats really influence us.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
‘It’s a f@#$ing long way to the top’ told to us by Ryan O’Keeffe the drummer of one of our favourite bands Airbourne, when we bumped into him at Cherry Bar in Melbourne at 3am in the morning on a week night during our last tour. We had a pretty cool conversation with him and he actually made it to our last Melbourne show too!
How did the band get together?
Ryan and Veronica knew each other from school and got the band together from that. They went through heaps of different people for bass, vocals and rhythm before they reached out to me via an ad online and originally I was supposed to just be singing but then the bass player left, and I’ve played guitar/bass for years so I decided to take on both roles for it. After going through another few rhythm guitarists we found Arthur through another ad. We all clicked together really well and ever since we’ve been working hard to get the sound we’re after and playing show after show after show, and becoming closer to each other as well.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Definitely. We’re always on the lookout for where to play next. We were planning to tour nationally this year, but that’s still a bit difficult with covid. Our East Coast tour last year got cancelled from Covid, so with this East Coast tour we’re doing now, we’re finally getting things back on track but we’d definitely love to try a tour nationally soon and even try our luck overseas once it’s a bit more chill to fly in and out.
What’s next for Avalanche?
Well we’ve got four months left of our tour ahead of us! Plus the release of our EP (which is out now) that we’re very keen about. But apart from that, we’re currently working on writing songs for a full length LP and want to have heaps of stuff ready to choose from. So that will take us a while to do but once we have that I’d say a national tour and maybe some more regional shows across Australia. It would be great to play shows in little towns all over Australia, like mining towns and really rural places, I think they’d really appreciate our music.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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