Sunset Lyrics - Avalanche City
Having seen their first UK single Love Love Love A-listed at Radio 2, Avalanche City will build on their growing reputation by releasing their second single Sunset on May 28th on Warner Bros. Records.
Sunset and Love Love Love both feature on the band’s debut album Our New Life Above The Ground which is available now on iTunes and will receive a full release in May when they play their first dates on these shores – a Club NME gig at London’s Macbeth on May 8th which will be followed by two performances at The Great Escape’s The Haunt venue in Brighton on May 10th and 11th.
Love Love Love went straight to the top of the charts when it was released in their native New Zealand in March 2011. Soon certified Platinum, the single also earned Avalanche City the 2011 APRA Silver Scroll Award for songwriting. The single was soon followed by Our New Life Above The Ground which reached #4 on the New Zealand album charts and subsequently reached Gold status.
Avalanche City is the brainchild of Dave Baxter, a musician whose background stretches across many genres and influences, culminating in a sound that features an eclectic range of instruments, melodies and harmonies. The depth and perspective create a dynamic atmosphere that is rich and raw all at once.
While still in school, Baxter started a hardcore band, One Must Fall, which, along with his subsequent band, The Chase, made a sizable impression on the local underground scene, opening for the likes of Hatebreed, Parkway Drive and Sick Of It All. Meanwhile, Baxter worked at a recording studio, writing music for TV documentaries, short films and adverts. In late 2009, however, he decided to explore new musical avenues: he left his job and began recording bands in his own studio. He taught guitar, and started learning viola. Soon enough, he played his first solo shows and toured with folk singer Bradley Hathaway and Melbourne quintet The Paper Kites.
Inspired by DIY approach employed by The Rocket Summer on their debut album, Baxter holed up in Kourawhero Hall, just outside Auckland, and with only the cows and the milk trucks as company, he recorded the music for Our New Life Above The Ground – an album on which he writes, conceives, produces, records and plays every instrument. “Ever since I heard that story of how The Rocket Summer recorded, I absolutely wanted to create and record an album where I produced everything, played everything, recorded everything,” he explains.
He captured each instrument, experimenting with different sonic techniques getting it all onto tape. A raw style filled with unique nuances warmed by the scope of the country hall naturally took shape, taking pages from the songbooks of some of the greats - Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The instinctual and rugged storytelling ability is apparent and strikes more than a chord in the listener through rich narratives and the evocation of impressive imagery.
Our New Life Above The Ground was initially available for free download from the Avalanche City website. “I just wanted people to have it,” Baxter explains. “I'd worked so hard making this album and if I’d sold it, it would have only reached a few hundred people. I just cared so much more about people having it, listening to it, sharing it with their friends and hopefully identifying with the songs.“
Baxter wasn’t sure what to expect, but the response was overwhelming as the album was downloaded over 10,000 times, despite a lack of major radio support. When national channel TV2 decided to use Love Love Love for their promos, the song shot to number one, becoming the fastest selling debut #1 for a NZ group in the digital era, stamping itself all over the nation’s airwaves and swiftly surpassing Platinum status. Subsequently released through more conventional channels, Our New Life Above The Ground debuted at #1 on the iTunes album chart, reached #4 on the national album chart and climbed to Gold status and beyond.
After the release of the album, Baxter recruited five new members to make Avalanche City a full band project. “One thing I want for Avalanche City is for it to constantly push musical boundaries,” says Baxter. “These guys are so talented at what they do and are just great at interpreting the album and putting their own flavour into it. “ Submitted by Pip Ellwood on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 08:46 more visiting entertainment-focus.com/news/avalanche-city-to-release-sunset
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