Quick Questions-with-Avalanche

Quick Questions With Avalanche

Avalanche are a 4 piece hard rock band from Western Sydney playing heart-racing, gut-busting, roof crashing, fast-paced Rock ‘N Roll sent directly from the devil himself … to brighten your day.


Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Veronica ‘V’ Taleski (lead guitar): Angus Young and AC/DC. When I was 16 I had watched the Let There Be Rock movie and from the moment I saw him I was mesmerised. I saw them play on the Rock or Bust tour later that year, and that was pretty much the moment I decided I wanted to be a guitar player. I just thought that if I can play half as good as them then I would have accomplished something with my life.

Steven Campbell (bass/vocals): It’s funny actually what inspired me to start playing compared to what inspired me to play what I do now is vastly different but I remember when I heard Tenacious D for the first time I knew I wanted to sing and at least play a little guitar, but slowly after a few years of delving deeper into music my taste changed and so did my aspirations from music.

Arthur Divis (rhythm Guitar): Slash and Guns n roses. Still remember the first time I heard sweet child of mine in the car as a kid and thought yep that’s what I want.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Veronica: My Gibson SG. I’ve had a cherry red Gibson SG Standard for the past 2 years that I love and I just bought a brand new 2019 model Gibson SG in ebony, and it just feels so perfect. I just bought a Marshall JCM200 head and 1960a Cab at the beginning of the year as well and can’t imagine my life with out it.

Steven: Probably a guitar, of any kind, even when I was at the lowest point of my life I still had at least an acoustic six string to play around on and I remember it just making everything a lot better. So as long as I have a guitar of some kind I wouldn’t need anything else really.

Arthur: I’ve got to say my Gibson les Paul which I got at the start of the year. Have not looked back since. The other thing I still love playing around with would be my multi effects pedal, which is super ironic as I don’t actually use it when playing with everyone. I like mixing it up from time to time with different types of music. Keeps the brain awake right.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Veronica: It wasn’t quite released this year, but the Screaming Jets Gotchya Covered released towards the end of last year is definitely my most favourite album of recent memory. It’s got a bunch of great covers of classic Aussie rock songs and the Screaming Jets do em so well. Me and Steve actually saw em live at a free Australia Day gig back in January, Dave Gleeson has got so much energy and they’re just so fun to listen to.

Steven: Well it’s not really an album per se but a band that we became mates with recently playing shows together released their debut EP this year and I’ve listened to it quite a few times, they’re called Shit Tinnies and I heard they recently just signed with a record label.

Arthur: Wasn’t exactly this year but I’m going to go with hockey dads ‘blend inn’ released last year. Aussie band.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Veronica: Angus and Malcolm Young. Keith Richards as well. But it would also be cool to get a lesson from one of the blues greats like Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker, Johnny winter as well would be a fucking dream. Paul Kossoff as well, sorry I have a lot, he does vibrato unlike anybody else, it would be awesome to get a lesson from him.

Steven: I think Dimebag Darryl, the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do on the guitar was make it hiss and neigh like he does, I even bought a flying V Dean Cavallo as my first real electric so I could try and learn it, but I’ve still never been able to make it sound the way he did. He was a true guitar god, inspiration for so many people I guess I’m happy to add my name to the list.

Arthur: Has to be Malcom Young’s playing style. Also, have to say being; taught some things by Slash would be awesome.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Veronica: I think something that helped me was, that if there’s a particular player or band you want to sound like, don’t just listen to them, but listen to what influenced them and learn to play that first. If you can learn to play what your greatest influences learnt to play then you’re a whole step ahead of what everybody else is doing, and you’re more likely to find your own style rather than just copying your main influence. In my case, with AC/DC I know that Angus Young was a blues player at heart so I started listening to a lot of that and learning that, and started being really influenced by a lot of people like BB King, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Johnny Winter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers and the Yardbirds. And of course Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones as well are massive influences to AC/DC so I tried to learn as much of they’re stuff as I could as well, and that made it a lot easier to learn AC/DC’s stuff later on, and understand where all these riffs came from.

Steven: There’s only one thing you need to know about music, what you put into it, is what you get out of it, if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort, in all areas, it will end up taking you places you never thought you could go. Just stay persistent, and always keep learning.

Arthur: Persistence. Keep going everyday, even if it’s just a little bit. You’ll be amazed at how much you improve if you just keep at it.

Avalanche Sent From Hell is the debut double EP release by Avalanche, a wild attack on the senses featuring themes of sin, sex and rock and roll, it’s the ultimate statement from Australia’s newest up and coming hard rock band.

Released on May 1st 2019, available across all streaming platforms, grab a copy here:

If you’re in Sydney, catch them at these shows:
• May 9th – Bull & Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills (EP release party)
• May 19th – Valve Bar, Sydney
• June 9th – Chatswood Club, Chatswood
• June 14th – Kelly’s on King, Newtown
• June 28th – Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why