Interviews: Avalanche


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Hard Rock band Avalanche from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Steven Campbell (lead vox): We were long debating what the band name should be, tho my dad, Adrian Campbell was in a band called Avalanche in the 70s and the 80s, they used to belong to the same management company as AC/DC, they have even played with them and some other major bands at that time, so we thought that was a good enough sounding name, as well as a homage to a great band and a great time in Aussie rock music history, so we decided to name our band Avalanche. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Veronica 'V' Taleski (lead guitar): We've all only ever wanted to play rock and roll, music you can drink to and mosh to and fuck to.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Ryan Roma (drums): Veronica and I knew each other because she had went to school with my sister, we jammed together a couple times before decided to form a band. We went through a series of members who weren't quite right before reaching out to Steve on this musicians forum who we had never met before but seemed to be a great fit, and we found Arthur (rhythm guitarist) almost a year later in the same way.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Veronica: were all into pretty similar stuff, to name a few, AC/DC, Airbourne, Guns n Roses, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Chuck Berry, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Kiss, Led Zep, Black Sabbath.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Steven: Just anything that is on our mind at certain times, we usually start with an idea that we all have together, Veronica usually comes up with the titles and after we have a riff and a structure then I go and write lyrics around that idea. A lot of our songs are about sex and drugs and hell and rock and roll itself, we also have songs about being down on your luck, being scared for your life, being sick of other people's crap and playing too loud.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Arthur: Our last gig was in Newcastle as part of the 'Sent From Hell' tour, we had a great time up there, our first time traveling beyond Sydney and Wollongong, and being in hotels and all that. I think we were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and the crowd reaction we got and are keen as to head back

7. Where would you like to perform?

Steven: Everywhere and anywhere! We'll probably play in your toilet if you asked us too.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Ryan: Airbourne would be great, the Stones too if they're still going. Anybody still playing rock and roll.

9. Whom not?

Veronica: Anybody on the top 40.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Steven: I think we've all gotten the hang of it by now, of course it gets a bit nerve wracking beforehand, but you just gotta try channel that into excitement about performing. That's the best way to get over it, just remember that this is what you want to do and then you'll forget about it and enjoy yourself.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Veronica: Definitely, AC/DC have been the biggest inspiration for us, both musically and otherwise, the fact that they're an Australian band who made it big internationally when that seemed like an impossible thing is really inspirational to us and a lot of other bands from Australia. And also how unpretentious they are about their music, they play hard-hitting bare-bones rock, most bands would be afraid to do that, no effects, no distortion, no gimmicks or weird complexities. AC/DC keep it simple and that's what's given they're music the appeal that it has and why they've lasted for so long while other bands have come and gone.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Steven: Got asked to sign a pair of boobs at our first gig.

Ryan: I got asked to sign an ass. By a dude.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Steven: They're awesome, we love that our music can appeal to both the younger and older generations, as it's the kind of music that people have grown up with but we also put our fresh new spin on it. We love it when they get rowdy and pissed and sing along to our songs and dance thru the nights with us.

14. What do you think of our site?

Arthur: We think it's sick! Any place that features good music is good in our books.

15. Something to add?

Our debut double EP 'Sent From Hell' is out now digitally and in physical form thru Sliptrick records, check it out on Spotify and all other streaming platforms, or buy it from iTunes, Bandcamp and Selected stores worldwide! Cheers, and keep rocking! - Avalanche

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