CROWD PLEASER

The Avalanches sam­ple other peo­ple’s out­put and re­work it with killer beats and melodies and they’re re­turn­ing to Queens­land in March

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Re­mem­ber those wild lyrics and that wild film clip declar­ing “that boy needs ther­apy, that boy needs help!” That was The Avalanches, from their de­but 2010 al­bum Since I Left You, and 16 years later they re­leased their hotly an­tic­i­pated sec­ond al­bum, Wild­flower.

You’d think af­ter 16 years a band would have faded into ob­scu­rity, their fans would have moved on or lost hope.

But once the al­bum was re­leased it started a frenzy so fierce the band were launched into an in­ter­na­tional tour­ing sched­ule that left them with lit­tle time to tour their own coun­try.

Well, in 2018 the time is now, with core mem­bers Rob­bie Chater and Tony Di Blasi fi­nally drop­ping by for the first time ever – well, sort of.

“We played at River Stage with the Beastie Boys about 20 years ago,” Rob­bie ad­mits “We were just lit­tle kids. “But that’s it, oth­er­wise we haven’t played up there. We’re re­ally ex­cited.”

The show’s an­nounce­ment was met with great ex­cite­ment from ea­ger Queens­lan­ders and, from an out­sider’s point of view, you might won­der: what’s the fuss all about? Rob­bie says it’s got lit­tle to do with them, the mem­bers, but more their eclec­tic sam­pling style, which takes snip­pets from ev­ery­thing else and mixes it with beats and melodies.

“Our fans are peo­ple who just re­ally love mu­sic as much as we do,” he says.

“It’s not us as peo­ple they’re com­ing for, it’s a shared ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Be­cause we’re us­ing sam­ples the mu­sic hasn’t come from us any­way – it’s come from his­tory and dif­fer­ent times and that chan­nels through us.

“I mean it’s un­lim­ited (the op­tions) and when we were young we could go to a junk store and buy an old orches­tra al­bum and we had th­ese grand sounds with no money.

“And us and the au­di­ence all share it to­gether again. We feel like the lis­tener is just as much a process as we are. It’s a shared ex­pe­ri­ence.”

If you’re con­sid­er­ing mak­ing the trip up the high­way to share in that ex­pe­ri­ence, Rob­bie says af­ter the jour­ney they’ve had they take no crowd for granted.

“All th­ese new fans singing our new lyrics as well as the old fans com­ing, out it’s just even bet­ter than we could have hoped for,” he says.

“We are hon­estly so touched by the re­sponse we’ve got­ten.

“In San Fran we had peo­ple fly­ing in from Canada.

“One guy flew from South Amer­ica to Ire­land to see us play.

“So it’s like af­ter we play we don’t just jump on the tour bus and go to sleep.

“It’s all about hang­ing out and meet­ing th­ese peo­ple who have put in so much ef­fort for us. We al­ways want to re­turn the love.” The Avalanches play The Tivoli Wed­nes­day, March 7. Tick­ets on sale now at tick­et­mas­ter.com.au

The Avalanches are head­ing to The Tivoli in Bris­bane for a gig next month.

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