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Avalanche share their Top 5 Influences in Australian Pub Rock and tour info!

Sydney’s hardest-rocking four piece Avalanche have just 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, out April 9.  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 set for release on May 11, and the group will be heading out on a massive east coast tour to celebrate, kicking off at Crowbar in Sydney for Home Brewed Festival on April 9, then moving through Port Kembla, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Wollongong, Newcastle, back through Sydney, then wrapping up at The Basement in Canberra on August 14.

Second Hand Band (single) is out now. Second Hand Band (EP) is out May 11 and is available to pre-save and pre-order now.

Avalanche tell us their Top 5 Influences in Australian Pub Rock.

  1. AC/DC 

Steven Campbell (lead Vox/bass): AC/DC are perhaps the biggest and most prominent influence to our band clearly as one can tell from listening to our music. They’re the one band we would never get tired of listening to, our parents basically indoctrinating us from a young age with their records, Angus’s overall tone and playing style is Veronica’s go to inspiration, Ryan and her have basically at one point in time learnt how to play almost every single one of their songs and a cover of Let There Be Rock is still in our setlist from day one and perhaps almost a staple of our live show. The lyrical genius of Bon Scott influenced how we write a lot of our lyrics as well, trying to teeter on the line of being too outrageous yet still something anyone could listen to and gain some meaning from. No band has touched our hearts the way AC/DC has and still does. 

  1. Airbourne 

Veronica Campbell (lead guitar): Airbourne are another major influence to us as they have come into the scene a lot later than most bands we usually enjoy of the same calibre yet still have that same energy and methos that the earlier bands of the 70’s and 80’s do. Not too mention drummer Ryan O’Keeffe has actually been to one of our shows we played in Melbourne and we managed to have a lengthy chat about the business with him and playing rock n’ roll. In that sense Airbourne are almost on the same line to us as AC/DC, a massive inspiration and they still continue to push the boundaries of mainstream music.

  1. Rose Tattoo

Steven: Rose Tattoo are another band we’ve thoroughly enjoyed most of our lives and who we’ve seen live more times than we can count, they’ve influenced the sound of the band a lot in the way that they are a Hard Rock band but they’re a lot bluesier and dirtier than the other bands on this list. They have such a clear musical direction that no one can mistake one of their songs for someone else. The blues driven Hard Rock thing is something we’ve always been in awe of and something we try to chuck into our music as well and want to explore more off in future. 

  1. Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs 

Veronica: What can we say about Billy Thorpe? He and the Aztecs were the epitome of Aussie pub rock and one of the earliest groups in the scene. Their live album ‘Live At Sunbury’ is one of the best albums of all time in my opinion, and some of the bootleg footage that exists of that show and others they did in the early 70s is absolutely phenomenal. He and the band put so much energy and raw power into all their performances, the way they take early rock n’ roll and rockabilly songs and turn em up to 11 is incredible, and he often does it all in pigtails because he doesn’t give a fuck. He’s a true legend and his music is our go to for pumping in the car.

  1. Avalanche 

 Steven: For those that don’t know, Avalanche were a rock n’ roll band based in Melbourne who formed in 1976 and who we named our band after. They may be a little less well known than others on this list, but many of their fans still remain extremely loyal today and many have wondered why we named our band after them. Avalanche’s fans from all around the world constantly approach us at shows and on social media, they still have Avalanche’s music on vinyl and carry so much love for the band. Their vocalist Adrian Campbell is my father, and when we formed our band and we were tossing up band names, we couldn’t have thought of anything more perfect than Avalanche. We had his blessing of course as well as that of guitarist Tony Naylor, and we just wanted to pay tribute to the original band and that whole era of fantastic Aussie rock as a whole, because that’s the music that brought us together. Their sound was phenomenal and all their members came from accomplished acts and went on to accomplish so much more. Altho they only ever released one (self titled) album they accomplished so much in their short time together. Their single ‘Wizard Of Love’ went to #23 on the charts in Melbourne, and some say the track ‘Tie Your Laces Tight’ inspired AC/DC’s ‘Rock & Roll Damnation’. The track, ‘Overnight Sensation’ was also sampled by Notorious BIG and Method Man for their track ‘The What’, off Biggie’s debut album ‘Ready to Die’. The band appeared on the legendary music video show Countdown with Molly Meldrum, and my dad Adrian both in his solo career and with Avalanche, would often play and party with the likes of AC/DC, The Angels, John Paul Young, Cold Chisel, Dragonl, Jon English, Sherbert, Hush, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Little River band and so much more! Unfortunately the band drifted apart after only a few short years together but the music they made still holds a special place in the heart of their many lifelong fans! We’ve had people send in photos with Avalanche’s 1976 record from all over the world! My dad also helped teach me to sing and we’re actually working on a cover of an Avalanche classic “Sweet Baby Brown Eyes” right now which you may or may not hear on the next album!

Avalanche is Steven CampbellVeronica CampbellArthur Divis and Ryan Roma.

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AVALANCHE ‘SECOND HAND BAND’ EAST COAST TOUR

‘Home Brewed’ Festival | Tickets available from Oztix

SAT 24 APR | THE ARTHOUSE CAFE, PORT KEMBLA NSW | ALL AGES

‘Artsville Unhatched’ Festival | Tickets available from Festival Director

SAT 22 MAY | PADDO RSL, SYDNEY NSW | 18+

Tickets available from Oztix | 1300 762 545

SAT 19 JUN | KING LEARS THRONE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+

Free entry

SUN 20 JUNE | VINNIES DIVE, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+

Tickets available from Oztix | 1300 762 545

SAT 26 JUN | HOTEL WESTWOOD, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from Eventbrite

SUN 27 JUN | THE LAST CHANCE ROCK N’ ROLL BAR, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from Oztix | 1300 762 545 | https://thelastchance.oztix.com.au/

THURS 8 JULY | LA LA LA’S, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+

Tickets available from Moshtix

SAT 24 JULY | HAMILTON STATION HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+

Tickets available from Oztix | 1300 762 545

FRI 6 AUG | KELLY’S ON KING, SYDNEY NSW | 18+

Tickets available from Eventbrite

SAT 14 AUG | THE BASEMENT, CANBERRA ACT | 18+

Tickets available from Oztix | 1300 762 545

        

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