Introduce us to your band!
Hey guys, we’re Avalanche, a three-piece hard rock band from Sydney, we consist of Steven Campbell (the one writing all this) on bass and vocals, Veronica ‘V’ Taleski on guitar and Ryan Roma on drums.
How did you guys start out?
Veronica and Ryan started out playing together when they met through Ryan’s sister at High School, they played for a year or two before they met me and went through a whole mess of people in between on rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. I ended up meeting them through a musician’s forum and after missing the first rehearsal and turning up to the second one at the complete wrong address making me two hours late, I managed to score the position as vocalist after that first meeting. At the time we were playing with a bassist but it didn’t end up working out and I ended up taking the mantle, we all spent around 6-9 months writing and rehearsing material which we took into the local scene.
Describe your band’s sound
We have a classic punchy rock sound with a touch of blues, similar to our inspirations such as AC/DC, Chuck Berry and Motörhead. We spent a long time figuring out what our sound should be and in the end, it’s something old but something new, something you think is familiar yet you’ve never heard before, we’re three misfits playing the music that people used to think was cool, it’s almost a representation of us.
What influences your craft?
Our biggest inspiration comes from the music of past generations, hard rock, blues, and straight rock n roll, bands like AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Rose Tattoo, any good ol’ pub band that makes you want to have a good time. We also take a lot of inspiration from issues that surround us which we throw in through lyrics, whether it be work, sex, drugs, being told to turn down, telling someone to fuck off, having a bad day. It’s what kind of ties our own humanist qualities into the songs we make, and what I think makes lyrics the best, when they’re written from the heart.
What makes your band different?
We’re three people who come from different backgrounds but connect with each other on a level that I’ve never found with anyone before in my life. We play music for each other, and that’s all it was at first, we played for the same reason we picked up an instrument, to get away from all the shit in our lives and have a bit of a good time, and that’s what we want anybody who listens to us to feel.
Veronica: I think it was Slash or somebody who said, ‘a good rock song has either gotta make you want to fight or fuck.’ So that’s what we try to do. That’s why you should listen to us.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Well, we all have different answers haha. But my favourite so far is on the upcoming EP we’re releasing in May, it’s a song called Sold My Soul, which is a fast-paced rocker with some cool blues turn arounds and a bit of chuck berry thrown in there too, it’s a song with an idea, the idea being the story of the crossroads. Selling your soul for rock n roll, but I think anyone who has ever written a song about the crossroads knows, it’s almost like your own tale of perseverance about your own musical journey.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The only struggle we have as lots of bands have to begin with was just getting people to the shows, and it took a long time for us to sort of perfect the promotion side and what we need to do to get people aware for a show and how to actually get them there. It’s one of the things you don’t really think about when you’re just writing music, hey how do I get like 200 people or however many people fit in the venue there? How do I even let them know about it? And it’s made a lot easier nowadays through social media but it’s still a large barrier to overcome as an emerging artist, but we’ve found a few different ways of approaching it and are starting to see some better results, which is good.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Well as you can probably tell from some of my previous answers, we love AC/DC, Veronica and Ryan have actually learnt all their songs from front to back and overall love their style and music, but where I was going with this was, Ross Young, Malcolm Young’s son has actually seen us play twice now. He was at our first ever gig at an open mic and we got a chance to speak to him and introduce ourselves, he actually gave Veronica a guitar pick that they gave out at Malcolm’s funeral, think she’s got it framed up in her room now with her gigantic poster of Angus. He was also at a gig about 4-5 months later where we were actually co-headlining. He remembered us too which was awesome and told us some cool insights about the new AC/DC album…
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
So far, in just under a year a half we have done so much, and honestly, from what we have planned and from what we’ve already done, it’s only gonna get bigger and better. We have some really big plans for the next coming months and in a year’s time who knows where we’ll be, all I can say is keep on the lookout for us because we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and we plan to keep going full steam ahead!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
I speak for all of us when I say, we just want people to have a good time. If we can go through something in life that bothers us or makes us feel like shit and we learn from it, what else can we do but pass on the good message?