With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to AVALANCHE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name-Steven Campbell (bass/lead vocals): A good name is very important and we’re lucky that the name came fairly naturally to us, we called the band ‘Avalanche’ after my dad’s band from the 70s/80s they’ve played with AC/DC, Jimmy Barnes, you name it. We thought it was a really cool sounding name and a great tribute to that era of Aussie rock music.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-As a band, our influences are definitely 70s/80s Aussie hard rock bands, namely AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats, and my dad’s band Avalanche. This is what we grew up listening too, our culture. We’re also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Sabbath, Motörhead, and also earlier bands like the Rolling Stones, The Who, the Yardbirds, Chuck Berry, and we also have a lot of blues influences as well. The whole nine yards!
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We always play fucking fast! We don’t know how to write slow songs.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Our music is best heard live, where you can get that loud, raw energy right in your face and ear holes. Obviously we’re still at the pubs and clubs stage in our career, but I guess we always write songs with a big stadium feel so hopefully we’ll get there one day!
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-While we’ve obviously gotten better and had more practice since recording the first EP, recording it was a great experience and learning curve none the less and we probably wouldn’t change much. However, we probably would’ve re-recorded the live tracks if we had the chance, it was more of a last minute opportunity we jumped in on, but we didn’t even have a rhythm guitarist at that stage so I guess it doesn’t sound as powerful as the recorded side of the EP or anything we’ve released since.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Well obviously social media is probably the best way nowadays it’s just so hard because everyone nowadays seems more concerned with ad space then what the actual product is. But we’ve done the lot, social media, magazines, posters all over town, you name it. The more you do the more you get out of it.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Well sometimes nothing apparently! Metallica literally did a whole album just black, the Beatles a white album. We had a great cover art done up for our EP of a postcard sent from Hell done by a South Australian artist called ANGVS and a retro/vinyl looking and tattoo art inspired cover art on our latest single ‘Permanent Ink’, but at the end of the day it’s about the music inside more than anything else and the cover art should represent that.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-For sure the local scene here is fantastic and we’ve become great friends with many of the awesome bands playing the circuit today, it is very much like it’s own community. We’ve dipped our toes in the national scene a bit too with our last interstate tour, we had much more planned for our next East Coast tour but that was unfortunately cancelled due to the virus.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-I guess that’s always been a constant struggle but you just gotta get out there and keep doing it anyway, if you never stop then eventually people will have no choice but to pay attention!
What does the future hold?
-The future is definitely a mystery at the moment with this whole pandemic, we just gotta play it all by ear and see before anything else when we can return to the stage again after everything reopens. Beyond that, we’ve been using this time to record some new stuff so keep your ears peeled for that and thanks for having us!