Music / The Avalanches
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"Flight 22 is off to Honolulu"
The Avalanches are an Australian trio formed in 1997 that deals in Electronic Music
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 various names
It wasn't until their fifth show until they finally became The Avalanches. The name is actually a Shout-Out
to the album Ski Surfing with The Avalanches
by... The Avalanches. note
Their debut single, "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. UK-exclusive, though.
The Avalanches started work on their debut album, Since I Left You
in the middle of 1998, using the Working Title
, Pablo's Cruise note
. They finally finished it in 2000. However, the release was 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. There had been many announcements of the album's development throughout this time period, but no release date was permanently set. They did
reveal a demo track in 2012, though.
In 2016, they released this video
the album's long creation process, presumably to confirm that they're still working on it. They followed this up with the release of "Frankie Sinatra", featuring Danny Brown
and MF Doom
, confirming in an interview that the new album's title is Wildflower
, and making this announcement
on their Facebook
page. After 16 years, it finally happened on July 8, 2016 (with a release 1 week prior on Apple Music), with even more special guests including the likes of Biz Markie, Toro Y Moi, Camp Lo, Ariel Pink, and Jonathan Donahue.
You can find them on Twitter, Facebook,
- El Producto (1997) (EP)
- Undersea Community (1999) (EP)
- Since I Left You (2000)
- At Last Alone (2001) (EP)
- Wildflower (2016)
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