Avalanche – Interview
Interview with Veronica, Ryan and Steven frommAvalanche and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: We’re a hard rock band from Sydney Australia.
PD: Tell us the brief history of your band.
Veronica: We formed in early 2018, we used to jam in Ryan; our drummer’s dad’s steel factory late at night after work, writing and working on original material. Went through a few bass players and shitty rhythm guitarists until Steven took over bass as well as lead vocals and I took over all guitar parts.
Steven: Started playing the local pubs and clubs by October last year around Sydney and a few out of town shows as well. Between gigs we spent a lot of time in this very well set up home recording studio, recording a total of 4 songs for our upcoming EP, 2 of which have already been released as singles.
Ryan: We got a shit ton of shows lined up to promote the EP as well all over Sydney and are really going all out with promotion.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Veronica: AC/DC, Airbourne, the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, a lot of blues too like Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson. Non-musical influence? Think you can guess that from songs like Balls Deep and On Your Back.
Steven: We all have a shared mutual love for Hard Rock and Rock n Roll so the obvious AC/DC, Stevie Wright, Guns n Roses, but I also have a big love for early heavy metal and psychedelic rock, from Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd, I listen to a lot of different music though I found that just sort of opening the mind to other genres can lead to some pretty cool stuff in your own genre.
Ryan: My musical influences are definitely AC/DC, Motorhead, Metallica, Judas Priest, Slayer all the hard rock, thrash and British heavy metal. Not sure if I have a non-musical influence, pretty much all my influences are musical.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
We think that for any band, it’s pretty much touring the world, playing a show every other night of the week with your best mates. In the short term it’s an interstate and national tour, and also to play a major music festival here in Australia. Long term, it’s to play a major music festival in the U.K. and playing shows overseas.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Veronica: We all do, anybody can come in with an idea or a riff or even a whole song and the rest of us will work on it and finish it. I usually come up with the titles, like Balls Deep and I’m pretty good at structuring songs. Ryan’s got a really good ear for riffs. Our songs, especially what’s on the EP, are about hell, sin, sex and rock n’ roll.
Steven: The opening track ‘Sold My Soul’, delves into the story off the crossroads and signing deals with the devil for fame and fortune, then there’s ‘Balls Deep’ and ‘On Your Back’. ‘Head First in Hell’ is a fast paced rocker about living a life of sin and just accepting your fate rather than fighting it; going head first into hell, knowing it’s the only place you really belong.
Ryan: The B-side of the EP 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’, a song about being down on your luck and sick of taking everyone’s crap.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: We do as much as we can across social media, we make the posters and graphics for our shows and create events and guest lists and constantly spread the word, but there’s a lot of real life stuff that we do that can sometimes get overlooked. We put up posters and hand out flyers anywhere we can, we have shirts and stickers and physical cd’s you can buy and even have outdoor banners we put up at the venue or in the area to promote the show as well. Anything we can do, we do.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: It’s weird, music is like the only job that can just be put up and given away, can you imagine what it would be like if any other job had something similar? But like in the end I think musicians of today just have to sort of get used to it cause it isn’t something that’s going away anytime soon, so if you can make peace with that you’ll be a lot happier in the long run I think.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Veronica: You Shook Me All Night Long, because it’s awesome.
Ryan: Definitely would have love to have written Bomber by Motorhead, fuck that’s an epic song.
Steven: Hocus Pocus by Focus, just because its one of the wildest pieces of music I’ve ever heard.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Veronica: People who wear they’re guitars too low.
Ryan: People who are cocky.
Steven: Not having enough milk for cereal.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Veronica: When I finished learning every AC/DC song. Both rhythm and lead parts, studio and live versions, and b-sides as well.
Ryan: Probably our first gig when I had to overcome a lot of nerves to get on stage but I just did it and had a really good time and we had a pretty big turn out and everyone seemed to love it.
Steven: Having my dad say he was proud of me for my music.
Avalanche: As a band our proudest moment in music would be recording at the Grove studios in Sydney, its this awesome studio out, basically in the middle of no where, but it’s huge and has its own accommodation and cabins, fantastic analogue equipment which is hard to come by nowadays, it was a really fun day.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: Debut double EP will be released May 1st and we’ve booked out shows through to July to promote it which is going to be huge for us, we have a few headlining shows and a few shows in places we’re really happy to play at. We’ve put a good six months of work into this EP and its our most ambitious project so far so we’re really keen to see how it comes out.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
A: Our next few shows are going to be something you’re really not going to want to miss, we have a specially selected setlist that we’re going to be playing that showcases everything we got and we’ve put quite a bit of work into the production of our actual live show so its going to be something new and not what we’re quite used to. You’re gonna go deaf and you’re gonna have a good time, and you’re gonna be sore the next day is all we’re gonna say. Might also have a fourth member joining us too!
Band/Artist location – Sydney Australia