Avalanche Party stop by to tell some stories
Sometimes you will go and watch a band play to a crowd of 30/40 people and think, ‘How are these not on the front page of NME? Why are they not known worldwide?’ Avalanche Party are one of these bands. Their music, their live shows, their performances, all point to great things. It’s only a matter of time before they’re joining the high ranks.
Following the release of their debut album, 24 Carat Diamond Trephin, they travelled the UK, delivering their hypnotic and explosive gigs to lucky attendees. Pre-show at Le Pub, I caught up with them to chat about their recent antics, creating an album, and time stateside.
” So in the pictures, when I’ve got my leather jacket on, I’m not just a prick. It was really cold. “
So tell me about your recent trip to America.
Jared– We went that time to record, that was the main reason.
Joe– Yeah, we needed the run of gigs to prove that we were actually legitimately working to get the visas, but yeah it was a mainly recording trip this time, before the tour.
Kane– We got given the opportunity to go over so we did it, to a legendary studio.
Jared– We’re testing the waters to potentially go and do some more stuff over there. We were given the opportunity to go to a place called Rancho De La Luna, which is an amazing studio.
Joe– It was in Joshua Tree, California, which is a really cool area, in the desert. We had a day off and went around the National Park for three or four hours that was really cool.
Jared– It was actually really really cold in the desert, so in the pictures, when I’ve got my leather jacket on, I’m not just a prick. It was really cold. Really cold at night too, ridiculously cold.
Joe– But yeah a cool trip. Really cool, probably the coolest thing we’ve done. The guys at the studio are super, they’ve worked with the best of the best.
Jared– A guy call Dave Catching.
Joe– Yeah he does all the desert sessions, he records all them. He’s worked with Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, people like that. You wouldn’t know unless you know about him and his studio, he’s a super unassuming guy, you wouldn’t know, he’s just super nice, really nice. Made us feel very welcome.
“You know those squeezy stress things, like little toys, she had a rucksack full of squeezy cows”
What was the response like over there for a band from Yorkshire?
Joe– It was great! I’m speaking for myself, I had no expectations, I guess none of us did, of what it was going to be like. It was a new thing for us to do, but all the gigs were good. We played one on the second night, by chance it fell with a band from Scotland we’re friends with called Rascalton, then it was us and then it was The Blinders, all on one night. That was probably my favorite one I think.
Jared– Being in the middle of Texas with people from back home, The Blinders, was loads and loads of fun.
Joe– We’ve been friends with them since pretty much both our bands started so it was really cool that we were all there in Austin for the first time. We spent more time with our mates from back home in Austin, then we do when we’re all back home.
Glenn– And Vanda Panda
Joe– Oh yeah, we stayed with a girl called Vanda, but she dresses up as a panda.
Kane– Gives out free pigs
Jared– She’s a professional twerker. It’s cool as fuck.
Joe– She’s easily one of the coolest people we’ve met. She’s such a laugh.
Jared– She gave me like four pints of vodka redbull.
Joe– Yeah it was a really cool trip, hopefully we’ll do it again.
Jared– Can you remember when Vanda was dressed as a Panda and she was walking around with a rucksack, and she goes ‘Jared, look in my bag’. I open the bag and it’s just full of-
Kane– Was it sheep or pigs?
Glen– Noooo cows.
The rest of them– Cows!
Jared– You know those squeezy stress things, like little toys, she had a rucksack full of squeezy cows
Glen– I think it was because the black and white theme, close to a panda.
Jared– Because she’s Vanda the Panda.
Joe– Giving out cows.
Glen– Raise awareness of the pandas.
Joe– She traveled around Austin as well on this electronic skateboard, dressred as a panda, it’s fucking great.
Jared– Hopefully we can stay with her again. Panda, if you’re listening-
Joe– Yeah if you get this Vanda, we’ll come back to take over your front room again.
“The album only touches the surface I think as well. I think the spectrum is actually five times wider than that.“
What was it like recording the album?
Kane– We recorded the album in York, in a studio called Young Thugs, which was above an old working mans club. They’ve taken over the full floor and have created this studio.
Glen– With loads of snooker tables with old guys playing snooker asking us to be quiet while we’re recording. It was interesting.
Kane– It was pretty fun.
Jared– And we recorded it last December. Especially now it’s actually out, I feel like we’re all pretty past it. Getting deep into the second one now.
Joe– Saying that, we’ve started playing the album live on this tour so that’s been quite an enjoyable thing. We’ve been sat on it for ages so it’s kinda put a new lease of life into the set for me.
Joe– So I’m not ready to give it up just yet, but ready to start working on the second one for sure.
Was the variety of moods in the album intended when writing or did the album naturally form like that?
Jared– I guess everybody would speak about this differently, depending on experiences, but one of my main aims was to do something that demonstrates the variety of things we can do. We get pigeonholed as five white guys in an angry band. So I took the album as an opportunity to try and show people the spectrum of what we can do.
Joe– We get pigeonholed as well as just being a live band, something which is great, but we wanted to demonstrate that we can actually record tunes, not just thrash out loud songs in a sweaty room each night. We wanted to prove that we could actually do something that stood on it’s own in a studio, so it was kinda conscious to do a variety of different things.
Jared– It would have been quite easy to do ten Porcelains. I think a lot of people wanted us to do that, or expected us to do that
Joe– It was in the run up to the album as well, releasing stuff like Million Dollar Man and a couple of the singles before that, it was almost like a transition from the older stuff, which we still play in the set, they’re still big songs in the set, but felt it was important to have a little bit of a transition so people would maybe not expect ten Porcelains, maybe just expect eight.
It’s conscious in the band, trying new stuff both personally and as a group.
Jared– The album only touches the surface I think as well. I think the spectrum is actually five times wider than that.
Joe– There’s a lot of stuff we’ve not touched on yet as a band that we’d like to explore.
Jared– Hard techno to soft jazz. Or just hard techno and soft jazz. Or soft techno, hard jazz.
“I hate watching bands that don’t enjoy themselves, just stand there, miserable, why are you fucking doing it.“
Your lyrics are incredibly poetic and encourage interpretation more than most songs. Where does the inspiration come from?
Joe– Well Jordan writes most of the lyrics
Jared, as Jordan conveniently walks in – Where do you get your inspiration from Jordan? Jordan– Ah, the ether.
Jared– There you go, the air, deep within.
Joe– Thing I like most about Jordans lyrics on the album is that he doesn’t address to much stuff that’s too obvious.
Jared– That’s music isn’t, everyone takes something different from it. Put in a couple of metaphors, everyone gets their own interpretation. I feel like that’s a very cliche thing, what I just said.
Joe– It is but it’s true. If I was a lyricist I wouldn’t want to talk about it so much personally, and I like songwriters who don’t. It’s cool that people can have two polar opposite opinions of what it means.
Even people who don’t like your music have to admit that your live shows are good. How important are live shows to you?
Kane– We just do what we do. We’ve always done it.
Joe– None of it’s thought out.
Jared– It’s not an act, it’s what we fucking do.
Glen– We have to do it really.
Kane– We don’t have to, it’s just natural to us.
Glen– I feel most healthy when I’m playing with you lot.
Joe– Yeah same.
Jared– Oh yeah, of course.
Joe– Recording is great and that, but the real buzz is playing live that’s for sure.
Glen– After sitting in a van for eight hours.
Jared– Gotta go express yourself.
Joe– That’s almost like a release as well, if we’re on tour, and then we get to finally play at the end of the night, if, like we’ve been today, been stuck in a van five plus hours, it’s like you’ve been let out your cage a little bit.
Jared– Obviously we make pretty noisy music, but it’s pretty obvious to us to give everything, you know? Never compromise, just do it. Simple really.
Kane– Just enjoy ourselves as well. I hate watching bands that don’t enjoy themselves, just stand there, miserable, why are you fucking doing it.
Jared– We’ve also completely humiliated ourselves and failed in any way we could have done, so now it’s just smooth sailing.
Joe– But yeah it’s important to play live to us, for sure.
Jared– I don’t think we’re gonna tour the second album though, like Coldplay.
Glenn– But that gig where they did those things that all flashed?
Joe– The wristbands.
Glenn– The crowd all had them. They probably killed all the world’s turtles with all of the plastic used for that.
Jared– Fuck Coldplay. Fuck Chris Martin