The Avalanches are an Australian electronic, neo-psychedelia group. They formed in 1997 and have been together ever since, though they have only released two albums in those twenty years. However, this has meant that the band’s focus has been on making the best music possible.Members of The Avalanches had been making electronic music together since 1994, though it was under a different name, and the group had a much more noise punk sound. Once the group disbanded, some of the members joined with friends from university and attempted to hone their sound. They played around with some questionable group names before settling on The Avalanches, named after a one hit wonder surf band from California in the 60s.
The Avalanches gained a support slot for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and this helped them gain popularity quickly. Their first single, “Rock City” was released in 1997 by an Australian indie label - Trifekta - and this was followed by an EP entitled “El Producto”. After gaining the support of small labels in their home country as well as in the UK, The Avalanches’ name was becoming more and more known. They supported artists such as the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Beck, and released new material in 1999. The group had been working on an album since 1998, and it was ready for release way before it could actually hit the shelves. There were sample clearances to finalize, as well as time in order for overseas interest to grow. However, “Since I Left You” was released in 2000 to a great reception from critics, the media and music fans. It came at a turning point in electronic music, especially in Europe, and was a far more experimental and mature form of dance music. The album is still regarded as one of the best Australian albums of all time, and one of the best albums of the 00s.
The Avalanches’ second album had been in the works since 2005, and the group often teased news about it to their fans. However, it was another 11 years before it was released. The group made fun of this themselves, and seemed to be just as frustrated as those who had been waiting for it. They had been releasing digital music off and on over that time, but finally their second album “Wildflower” came out in July 2016. The album’s sound was far more ambient and flowing than its predecessor, and many guest musicians appeared on tracks for it. The group themselves describe the album as a “road trip”, drawing inspiration from travelling around their home country of Australia, which is a vast and diverse part of Earth. The album was universally acclaimed, much to the relief of those who had been waiting so long for it! The Avalanches’ music can be described broadly. It ranges from psychedelic, noisy and offbeat, to chillout, acoustic and new world. Their live show encapsulates all of these genres, making sure that the party goer is taken on a journey of their own.
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The Avalanches Tour 2017
The group are playing this year’s Governor’s Ball in New York, but will then be taking this special show on the road around North America. Beginning in Washington DC in June, The Avalanches will head to Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Portland and Pemberton before finishing in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival in July.