The Rose of Avalanche
At The BBC
Three friends straight out of school, armed with just a handful of songs and the type of “fuck you” attitude that can only come from Leeds. They say attitude can only get you so far, but they landed a John Peel session, having never played a gig. As unheard of then, as it is today.
This is the story of The Rose of Avalanche At The BBC.
The turn of the 80s. Three school friends attend every gig they can, soak up the music collections of older brothers and sisters, and fantasize about following in their hero’s steps – David Bowie, The Stooges, and MC5. They buy some cheap instruments and write their first couple of songs. We’ve heard this story a million times before, right?
However, this was different. Within those first couple of songs were future alternative classics L.A. Rain and Velveteen. Something was seriously different about this group of lads. Magic was in the air.
While rehearsing at local Parkside Studio’s, the band were invited to contribute a couple of tracks to an upcoming studio compilation album. L.A. Rain was one of the two songs The Rose contributed, the second, American Girls, was hastily written to order as they didn’t have anything else in a finished state.
Somehow the album found its way into the hands of legendary Radio DJ John Peel. Upon hearing L.A. Rain he instantly fell in love and invited them in to record a session, the modern equivalent of winning X Factor. Not only that, Peel would also place the track at number 26 in his 1985 ‘Festive 50’ list ahead of songs by the likes of The Cure, The Smiths, and The Sisters of Mercy.
Then things really took off. They secured a prestigious support slot with fellow Leeds based band The Mission who were the current darlings of the music press. They signed a record deal, going on to release a string of singles that dominated the UK Independent Charts over the next couple of years, and played hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe.
The Rose of Avalanche At The BBC captures that early creative spark of a band who went from buying their first instruments to recording for John Peel in less than a year, and checks in some 10 months later with their 1986 Radio 1 session for Janice Long, finding a band full of confidence off the back of the success of their second and third singles, and on the cusp of hitting the big time.
After decades of demand, the original line up of the band reformed in 2019, and are looking forward to recreating history, going out on the road with The Mission again in April 2022.
The Rose Of Avalanche – Velveteen