We’re heading to the rock n’ roll scene down under this week to introduce you to Avalanche:
Members: Steven Campbell (Lead vocals/bass), Veronica ‘V’ Taleski (Lead Guitar), Ryan Roma (Drums) & Arthur Divis (Rhythm Guitar)
Genre: Hard Rock
Founded: March 2018
Originated From: Sydney, Australia
Discography: Sent From Hell (Debut Double EP, May 2019), Balls Deep (Single, 2018) & Head First in Hell (Single, 2018)
1. How would you describe your music?
Our sound is like a punch in the face. Were a guitar band, we play very punchy, gut busting, high energy rock n’ roll, similar to the late 70’s early 80’s when rock bands were starting to get faster and harder but remain a rock n roll band, so there’s lots of blues elements and turnarounds but its fast and loud, and we have a powerful, growly vocalist that really mixes well with the high volume guitars, thumping bass and thrashing drums, it’s really bare bones rock which you don’t find a lot of these days.
2. How did the band form?
We started in Sydney at the beginning of last year. Our drummer Ryan’s Dad owned a steel factory that he and Veronica used to rehearse in. Between them, they knew how to play every AC/DC song and would jam on a mix of blues, rock and metal songs every weekend. Eventually, Veronica brought me, Steven into the mix as they needed a lead vocalist. We went through a whole mess of bass players and rhythm guitarists until we decided to just continue as a three piece for a while, and then eventually we found Arthur to take up rhythm guitar.
3. Who influenced you within the music industry?
Well we had a couple of chats with Ross Young, Malcolm Young’s who happened to be at two of our shows and it really helped us in our direction and way of thinking, he was a really down to earth kind of guy and it definitely brought our spirits up when we heard what he had to say about us, apart from that, my dad has also been a big help to us with his advice and just pushing us in the right direction.
4. Have you performed live much and what was your favourite gig to play at?
Yeah, we started playing in all the local pubs, clubs and music venues in Sydney and beyond from October last year and we’ve often played 1-2 shows a week. We’d meet a lot of other bands, often a lot older than us, but they’d like us and ask us to play more gigs with them, or the venue would ask us back to play more shows, so we seemed to get a pretty positive response. We’ve had a few pretty memorable gigs, hard to pinpoint just one, we always try to make each show our best ever.
5. What is the best thing about being in a band?
I guess one of the greatest things about playing music and being in a band is that we would be doing this stuff in our bedrooms anyway by ourselves, but because we put the work in and got it together, we get to go out and see a different venue every weekend usually with a different crowd of new people to meet and new experiences to be had, it’s truly one of the greatest ways to experience new things and actually get out into the world.
6. What plans have you got coming up in the coming year?
We’ll be gigging non-stop 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 them our best shows yet. We’re working very hard with several promotion companies and advertisers as well to just push this EP as far as it can go. Veronica just bought a beautiful new Gibson SG, she has 2 now, as well as a Marshall JCM2000 stack that she got last year that she can’t wait to play the shit out of live. Arthur had to buy a stack as well just to compete with her! So if you’re in Sydney anytime soon, be sure to come along! Apart from that, we’re already working on a new release for towards the end of the year, and a tour, so stay tuned!
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