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The Avalanches are an Australian trio formed in 1997 that deals in ElectronicMusic.

Initially, they started out as a rock group called Alarm 115. The lineup had Robbie Chater on the keyboards, Tony Diblasi also on the keyboards, as well as handling bass and background vocals Darren Seltmann on lead vocals, and later Manabu Etoh on drums. Etoh would later be deported (and The Avalanches actually named one of their songs after him), and eventually Alarm 115 disbanded.

After the parting of Alarm 115, they used some old vinyl records they bought to make a demo tape consisting of 30 songs called ''Pan Amateur''. A new group was formed in 1997 that had Chater, Diblasi, Seltmann, and new guy Gordon [=McQuilten=] on keyboards to play the tracks live in concert. Their first four shows were played under [[IHaveManyNames various names]]. [-[[note]]Swinging Monkey Cocks, Quentin's Brittle Bones, and Whoops Down Syndrome. No, really.[[/note]]-]

It wasn't until their fifth show until they finally became The Avalanches. The name is actually a ShoutOut to the album ''Ski Surfing with The Avalanches'' by... [[NamesTheSame The Avalanches.]] [-[[note]]Fun fact: a giant replica of the vinyl pressing of ''Ski Surfing with The Avalanches'' appears in the video for "Frontier Psychiatrist" as another ShoutOut.[[/note]]-]

Their debut single, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness "Rock City"]], was released in September of 1997. The debut EP, ''El Producto'' (which was actually a ''Rap'' EP), was released later that year in December. The EP was so successful, that Steve Pavlovic signed them to his new label, Modular Recordings in the following year. Another EP called ''Undersea Community'' was released in 1999. [[NoExportForYou UK-exclusive, though.]]

The Avalanches started work on their debut album, ''Since I Left You'' in the middle of 1998, using the WorkingTitle, ''Pablo's Cruise'' [--[[note]]which would later be merely the title of one of the songs[[/note]]--]. They finally finished it in 2000. However, the release was [[ScheduleSlip delayed]] due to attempts to get the samples cleared. The album finally dropped in Australia in July (America and the UK got it in 2001), along with a mixtape that served as sort of a preview of the album, along with mixing in some of the samples used on it and the group's personal favorite songs.

They've also started work on a second album... in 2005. [[DevelopmentHell No, it still hasn't come out yet.]] There have been many announcements of the album's development, but no release date. They ''did'' reveal [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XTrz0yvxe0 a demo track, though.]]

You can find them on [[https://twitter.com/TheAvalanches Twitter,]] [[http://www.facebook.com/theavalanches Facebook,]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/AvalanchesOfficial YouTube.]]

! Discography:

* ''El Producto'' (1997) (EP)
* ''Undersea Community'' (1999) (EP)
* ''Since I Left You'' (2000)
** ''Gimix'' (2000)
* ''At Last Alone'' (2001) (EP)


! These tropes need therapy:

* AWildRapperAppears: In "Flight Tonight", with an appearance of the Saian Supa Crew.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: "Frontier Psychiatrist" has WordSaladLyrics that parody this trope (like referencing the FreudianCouch).
* BookEnds: Of sorts. The first track has the lines, "[[TitleDrop Since I left you]], I found a world so new." The last song, "Extra Kings" has these lines at the end: "I try but I just can't get you... ever since the day I left you..."
* CutSong: "With My Baby" was originally meant to be in ''Since I Left You'', between "Stay Another Season" and "Radio", but it ended up as a B-Side on the "Frontier Psychiatrist" single.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As mentioned above, ''El Producto'' is a Rap EP. The music is also a lot rougher compared to ''Since I Left You''.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Almost every song on ''Since I Left You'' does this.
* FrontierDoctor: The titular "Frontier Psychiatrist".
* GenreRoulette: ''Since I Left You'' switches between House and Trip-Hop a lot, with some ambient thrown in near the end of the album.
* GratuitousJapanese: Undersea Community and Yamaha Superstar.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When making ''Since I Left You'', the group initially thought that no one would care about it.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time", a [[SweetDreamsFuel lovely, calming, bubbly song,]] ends with discordant blip sounds and chaotic drumming drowning out the rest of the song before segueing into "Avalanche Rock".
* LoopedLyrics: A few of their songs.
* MinisculeRocking: "Avalanche Rock" is the shortest song on ''SILY'' at 21 seconds long.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Since I Left You" [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this; the original lyric was, "since I ''met'' you". It just ended up sounding like "left" when it was sampled.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Many of the songs on ''Since I Left You'' are hard to define as a specific genre. The only exceptions are "Live At Dominoes" (HouseMusic), "Etoh" (Trip-Hop), and ''maybe'' "Frontier Psychiatrist" (Trip-Hop with a bit of classical).
* OneWomanWail: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the intro of "Electricity"; it's actually multiple wails by the same woman layered over each other.
* RecurringRiff: The flute sample heard in "Summer Crane" is reprised at the end of "Extra Kings".
* RegionalBonus: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] Some samples had to be taken out of international releases due to licensing issues. Most notably the flute sample in "Summer Crane".
* {{Sampling}}: Lots. In fact, ''Since I Left You'' was supposedly made using '''3,500''' samples.
* SiameseTwinSongs: There are two instances of this; the pairs of "Since I Left You" and "Stay Another Season", and "Etoh" and "Summer Crane". For the first pair, the drum loop heard throughout "Since I Left You" is carried over into "Stay Another Season", while the titular vocals of "Since I Left You" don't appear until halfway through. For the second pair, only the vocals of "Etoh" are carried over into "Summer Crane".
** There's also an instance of Siamese ''Triplet'' Songs; "Flight Tonight", "Close To You" and "Diner's Only". The synth sample heard in "Flight Tonight" keeps playing for a bit while it goes into "Close To You", which in turn has a section near the middle that is sort of reprised in "Diner's Only". There's also a vocal sample used in "Close To You" that goes "Gentleman that's going round, turning the joint upside down" that can be heard in "Diner's Only", but a lot quieter.
* StopAndGo: Done twice in "Close to You".
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The main chorus of "Frontier Psychiatrist" samples different parts of an old Wayne and Shuster skit in this manner. The "verses", so to speak, also sample various spoken word records.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Slow Walking" and "Everyday". Also, pretty much all of ''El Producto''.
* WordSaladTitle: The three names the group had before settling on "The Avalanches".