Avalanche is a hard rock group that has adopted the winning formula employed by AC/DC and other numerous bands: raspy vocals and epic guitar licks. Taking inspiration from the 70’s and 80’s rock scene, the band has crafted a sound that is steeped in familiarity, yet sculpted by their own tastes.
Sent From Hell, the band’s debut EP drops on May 1st. Currently, you can listen to their music on Spotify and bandcamp. They’re also on Facebook if you would like to keep up with their budding career.
• What are your biggest musical influences?
Veronica: The band that inspired me to pick up the guitar: AC/DC. Figured if they could do it and they only lived a couple suburbs down from me in Burwood, then anybody could do it. From discovering them I then went to Rose Tattoo, the Rolling Stones, the Who, GNR, Mororhead, KISS, anybody playing hard rock, but also got into a lot of blues like Muddy and BB and John Lee Hooker and John Mayall.
Steven: My greatest inspirations are from late 70s and early 80’s hard rock and metal bands, my dad taught me most of what I know about singing and he was in a rock n roll band back in the 70’s and 80’s as well so he’s left a big imprint on me musically and a big inspiration.
Ryan: Yeah, most definitely AC/DC. I try to implement the style of Phil Rudd for Avalanche, he’s my all time favorite drummer really locks in and serves the song. Aside from that I’m into alot of The New Wave Of British Heavy metal and thrash metal. Bands such as Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head , Slayer, Exodus, Metallica, all that stuff.
• Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Veronica: I pretty much just stick to rock & roll and blues, I listen to a lot of really early blues like Robert Johnson, Elmore James and Leadbelly but that’s not too surprising because that’s where rock came from.
Steven: I listen to anything, and that could mean thrash metal one day and then Earth, Wind and Fire the next.
Ryan: I tend to stick to rock as well, but I guess thrash and heavy metal. Don’t mind a bit of Johnny Cash either.
• What’s next for the band?
We’ve just finished planning a whole heap of shows in Sydney in promotion of our debut EP release which will be released on My 1st. We’ve been meticulously working on these shows behind the scenes making and designing all the promotional material and doing everything we can to make them a real success, and the EP sounds and looks amazing. We spent probably around 2-3 months in total recording 4 studio recordings at South Street recording studios and also had 4 songs from a live set at the Bull and Bush mixed and mastered to make it a double EP with 8 songs all together. We also had a popular graphic designer Angvs from South Australia do the cover art which we revised and worked out with him over a matter of a few weeks, so we really planned out every detail of the next few months, beyond that we may have a few things up our sleeve.
•How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Its made it both easier and harder in ways, its made it easier because people all over can easily access your music from very early on and you can start building and making fans from much earlier than ever before, but in doing so its kind of over saturated the market to the point where artists don’t really get paid anymore and there’s so many people out there you either have to be really good or do something crazy just to be noticed, its funny we were saying the other day it seems the only way to get noticed is to already be noticed, but being a musician in the middle of the streaming service craze isn’t the worst thing, it has its perks but its definitely not perfect.
• Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Steven: Probably more so in the lyrics just with certain songs we have written, some of them will be about personal experiences some of them will be us making fun of certain things, it’s a fun process making stories almost with lyrics cause like a story its fantasy but it will have elements of truth behind it, so our lyrics stem from lots of different places which don’t necessarily have any ‘musical’ influence to it but more so a story element.
• Can you describe your sound?
It’s a very punchy high energy sort of 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, and we have a loud growly vocalist that really mixes well with the high volume guitars and thrashing drums which can be hard to find.
• What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Veronica: Airbourne are another great Aussie rock band who continue to wave the AC/DC hard rock flag, those are two bands I will never get tired off. I listen to AC/DC everyday.
Steven: We all recently purchased tickets to the Metallica/Slipknot concert in Sydney so we’ve been going over their discography a bit lately but apart from that I’ve been listening a lot to of local bands we’ve been making friends with, Walk With Kings, We Are Not Robots, Shit Tinnies and Simon Chainsaw
Ryan: Lately I have been listening to Soundgarden, the album Badmotorfinger has really got me hooked
• What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
I think we all have different reasons but it stems from the same overall sense that we didn’t have a voice in some way and felt like music was how we could speak without having to say anything, its almost like a form of therapy, you have a bad day or even a good day for that matter and you don’t quite know how to express it in words or feelings but you can put it into a piece of music and all of a sudden it captures that moment and you no longer have to explain yourself.
• How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Steve: Generally speaking we write everything together that means we usually come together, say one person will come in with a riff or a bass line or even a chorus and we all start building on that, not even staying in the same instruments sometimes Ryan thinks of a riff that’s perfect and sometimes Veronica thinks of a drumbeat that works its very much a collaboration of all our ideas the lyrics tend to go pretty much the same way we’ll all think of the idea and the chorus and then I tend to write the verses and any other vocal parts. Veronica usually does the titles, she did “Balls Deep”.
• If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Veronica: Probably the soundtrack for the Let There Be Rock Movie/AC/DC Live in Paris. That’s the movie where I first saw how exhilarating they’re live show was and it has really good live versions of they’re songs, I always enjoy playing along to that album.
Steven: Probably the debut Black Sabbath album, Black Sabbath will always remain my favorite band and their debut album means so much to me I’ve listened to it countless times from back to front, just the raw energy they had back in those days was such an accomplishment.
Ryan: Thats a tough one but I probably gotta go with Motorhead Overkill.
• Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Steven: I came from a small town in Noosa also home at the time to a pretty well known psychedelic rock band Hobo Magic, they’d be awesome to tour with as well as. The Chats were near by too, the guys that did smoko.
Veronica: Airbourne definitely, the Rolling Stones if they’re still around, and pretty much any other band still playing rock and roll.
Ryan: Definitely would have loved to tour with Motorhead, I wouldn’t mind touring with the Chats. The Foo Fighters as well.
•What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
To be honest it’s a good way to go about it nowadays because the music release process is so different with music streaming. People want more of your stuff as soon as they can and its easy to do so now more than ever and sometimes it helps with getting people to actually hear all of your material as well, I know people that will only listen to certain songs of an album and never listen to any others on it for some reason but this way all of your songs will get heard no matter what, but I don’t know if we’d do it like that, I definitely still prefer the release of a quality album or EP, the build up to it is almost as good as the release itself.