We recently had the opportunity to talk to a bunch of artists from the Rogue PR label. Our next chat was with Steven Campbell, Ryan Roma and Veronica Taleski of Australian hard rock trio Avalanche who shared with us their plans for new music, influences and anger management.
Interview by Jane Howkins
How is 2019 treating you so far?
Steven: Pretty ***ing good man!
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Steven: We just just released our debut Double EP, ‘Sent From Hell’, it’s a wild and raw rock n’ roll record about sin, sex and good times. It’s a mix of 4 studio recordings, and 4 live recordings, including our 2 singles ‘Balls Deep’ and ‘Head First in Hell’ that we released last year. It’s fast and it’s heavy and it’s LOUD!
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Steven: We have actually recently spent some time recording at The Grove Studios in the central coast working on a new single that we plan on releasing in November, and plan on doing some more recording there soon for an eventual album. We’re always working on new material, by this point, we probably have enough music for 2 albums.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Steven: We’ll be gigging non-stop all over Sydney 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’ve played about a show every week now and have a couple more big shows coming up at each ends of the city at the Macquarie Arms Hotel in Windsor and the Time and Tide Hotel in Dee Why with some awesome bands. So, if you’re in Sydney anytime soon, come and check em out and check our Facebook page for more. Apart from that we’re planning a little interstate tour down in Melbourne for towards the end of the year, so we’re pretty keen to head down there!
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Steven: 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. We’re also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zep, 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.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Steven: I’ve been listening to a lot of thrash metal at the moment actually, preparing myself for the Metlallica/Slipknot concert this year, so bands like Slayer, and Exodus.
Ryan: Same, I been listening to Arch Enemy and Lamb of God.
Veronica: Its always the same old for me, AC/DC, Airbourne, the Rolling Stones, the blues.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Steven: We play hard hitting, fast paced, high energy rock and roll that will make you want to get up and start smashing things. We pull no punches when it comes to our music and our live performances, we put our hearts and souls into it. We’re all quite young, but we play a brand of rock you haven’t heard in a while, and you’ve definitely never heard it the way we do it. I think for the most part we just want people to have a good time and to release any frustrations they may have when they listen us. But whether you listen to a song or come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.
Any last words for the fans?
Steven: You can listen to ‘Sent From Hell’ on Spotify, YouTube and all other streaming platforms and pick up a copy, a t-shirt and a sticker at one of our shows! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it and hope to bring you more hard rocking tunes in the near future. Cheers and keep rocking!