ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
Steven Campbell (lead vocals/bass): 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. He and Veronica, our lead guitarist, had known each other for sometime before I came into the mix. V had went to school with Ryan's sister so that's how they met, and they had another rhythm guitarist and bass player at the time and eventually reached out to me as they needed a singer. Soon enough, the rhythm guitarist gave up, the bass player stopped showing up so I thought I'd take up bass too, and after a whole string of rhythm guitarists that weren't quite right, we eventually found Arthur Divis to take over rhythm from V.
I think what brought us all together was a love of heavy rock music, particularly stuff from the 60s, 70s and 80s, were all young but we're all into that kind of music and we were lucky enough to find others to share that interest with.
ITN Magazine: How would you categorize the style of the
ITN Magazine: What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
I think our cover art for our second single 'Balls Deep' pretty much covers it; skeletons, fire, sex, rock n' roll, and a bit of tongue in cheek humour.
ITN Magazine: Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands sound?
As a band, it's definitely 70s/80s Aussie rock bands, namely AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats, and my dad's band Avalanche. We're also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zep, Metallica, Sabbath, Motörhead, as well as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Chuck Berry, and we also have a lot of blues influences as well. Coming from the AC/DC school of thought, it has really shaped our sound in a sense that we try not to use a lot of distortion or effects, we try to create the most massive sound possible through sheer volume and force instead. And learning a lot of early rock and blues influences also shows you that it's often what you don't play and the dynamics and space between the notes that makes it rock, and that you don't need to build a riff up and make it super complex to make it good, better to strip it down to its bare bones and make it simple yet catchy and something that people aren't gonna forget.
ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release ?
We just released our debut Double EP, Sent From Hell, it's a wild and raw rock n' rock record about sin, sex and good times. It's a mix of 4 studio recordings, including our 2 single releases, and 4 live recordings taken from one of our gigs in December. It's fast and it's heavy and it's LOUD!
ITN Magazine: Where did you record your latest release at?
We recorded it at this very well set-up home recording studio called South Street Recording Studios in North Turramurra. We worked with 2 awesome engineers and mixers; Luka Dimakopoulos and Mark Tuchin, after recording our 2 singles with them, they pretty much knew exactly what we wanted and it was so easy to work with them, they really helped us get the best possible sound across all our tracks and they made it sound massive! We recorded the live tracks at one of our gigs in December last year, the venue was offering free multi-track live recordings, and we handed a one of the tracks to a music production student called Jay Sydes to have a go at mixing and mastering it and it sounded epic! So we got him to mix the whole lot and picked the best 4 tracks to include on the EP.
ITN Magazine: Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
We pretty much self-produced it, Luca and Mark acted as engineer and mixer.
ITN Magazine: Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Yeah it's pretty collaborative. Usually one of us will come up with a riff or a title or some kind of idea and bring it in to rehearsal and then we’ll work on it with the rest of the band. Sometimes its very spontaneous and we can work out a whole song together on the spot at rehearsal, other times, me or Veronica will go home and work on it by ourselves and structure it in our own time and then bring it back to the band to complete, and were constantly trying to get it as close to perfect as possible. We just think if you go through the trouble of writing a song, why not try to make it the best song it can be? Why write filler material?
ITN Magazine: How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
We're definitely more tighter and more aggressive I'd say. A lot more used to playing with each other and anticipating each other. Our songs have become more dynamic and more unique as we've begun to find our voice and bring in each other's influences as well. But it's still all good old fashioned rock n roll.
ITN Magazine: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Just from life experience really, and common emotions. But there’s always a general theme for a song that I write to, and a lot of them come from life experiences. A lot of them are about sex also. Veronica has always been adamant that a good rock song has either gotta make you want to fight or fuck, so our songs, and especially this EP sort of encapsulate those two feelings from start to finish and it’s all centred around themes of hell, sin, sex and rock and roll. We thought Sent From Hell would be the perfect title for those themes, it's just an album full of fast-paced, gut-busting, roof crashing rock n' roll sent directly from the Devil himself to brighten your day!
ITN Magazine: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
I feel like it’s a thing we all take pretty seriously as much as we do joke around. We all put in ideas and generally get the main feel of the lyrics together, then I’ll write around those lines. Its an amalgamation of all our ideas, which is something we do take pretty seriously. Veronica came up with the title for Balls Deep for instance and I wrote lyrics around that, she also came up with On Your Back, there's a bit of a theme with her haha.
ITN Magazine: What are your current tour plans, if any?
We'll be gigging non-stop all over Sydney and maybe a bit out of town as well over the next few months to promote the EP, we're already booked out until the end of July and are constantly booking more shows and working as hard as possible to make em our best shows yet. We're also planning another release towards the end of the year and an inter-state tour...
ITN Magazine: Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
We’ve been told we're very loud haha. I guess the best word I can use is manic. The live show is something we’ve spent a lot of time working on and still are improving every time we play, but it's also based a lot on feeling it and being in the moment as well as what we rehearse. The best thing is when somebody in the audience comes up to us after the show and tells us they 'felt it'. The audience often goes as hard as we do haha. If you come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.
ITN Magazine: What do you think of the music industry right now?
Yeah it’s not too bad I mean any industry is what you make of it really. It’s a great place to be in now but it does have its downsides, the streaming rise is pretty crazy though.
ITN Magazine: Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Just getting our name out there really, there’s a lot of things you have to learn in order to actually get your music heard in this day and age. It takes a lot of persistence and effort to keep going at it though and you need that.
ITN Magazine: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
It’s awesome there’s so many amazing local bands around and once you've been playing for a while you start to feel like you're really part of a community and everyone's pretty supportive of each other and it feels awesome.
ITN Magazine: How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band?
I feel it has helped in a lot of ways, it's made things easier but it's also made things harder. Every industry will go through changes and end up evolving. But with new challenges comes new experiences and I feel like everyone is pretty accepting of the new digital aspect of the music industry. Sure it’s hard to get noticed in a market that kind of revolves itself around self saturation but it’s also the easiest time in history to be heard. There’s always gonna be ups and downs in an industry I guess it’s just up to the person themself if they want to put in the effort to learn that industry, so I think we're going pretty well with it so far
ITN Magazine: Where can our readers find you on the web?
You can find us ok Facebook and Instagram:
And you can also listen to the EP across Spotify, SoundCloud and all other streaming platforms and pick up a copy from our Bandcamp, iTunes or Google Play:
ITN Magazine: What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
We don't have any endorsements yet, but the equipment I'm using at the moment is a white Haze bass, that I'm a pretty big fan off, and I play through an Orange 500w Terrorbass combo. Veronica just bought a beautiful new Gibson SG standard in Ebony, she already has one in Cherry Red and she plays through a Marshall JCM2000 head and 1960a cab. Arthur just bought a Marshall stack as well and he plays a Les Paul tribute. Ryan plays on his dad's old kit, a Tama Japanese Custom Rockstar, but for recording the EP he used a gorgeous Red Rock Australian made kit.
ITN Magazine: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
We hope you all enjoy the Ep as much as we enjoyed making it, we'd love to hear what you think, and if you're in Sydney, be sure to catch us at one of our shows over the next few months for Sent From Hell. Cheers and keep rocking! - Avalanche
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