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