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Song You Need to Know: Avalanche, ‘Second Hand Band’

Showcasing their story as an up-and-coming band on the Australian music scene, Avalanche pay tribute to greats of the hard-rock genre on “Second Hand Band”.


Sydney hard-rock outfit Avalanche have offered up the title track to their upcoming Second Hand Band EP, with the song and its accompanying music video illustrating the band’s path to the top.

Having first formed in Sydney’s West a few years ago, Avalanche have been making a name for themselves as purveyors of blistering Aussie hard-rock in much the same vein as those who came before them, with clear influences being taken from the likes of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, and The Angels. On their latest track, these influences are clearer than ever, with Avalanche delivering a track that is evocative of all those artists who have spent their days practicing their craft with dreams of making it all the way to the top.

“With ‘Second Hand Band’, we tried to capture our experiences as a young rock band in Australia and the way we kinda see ourselves and how others may see us in the industry; thoroughly used, gently bruised and in somewhat working order,” explains lead vocalist Steven Campbell.

“Because when you’re first starting out as a band and you’re at the absolute bottom of the feeding chain, a good live show is the only thing you have, so you better make it fucking phenomenal. That’s what we learned very early on and we always work our arses off at every show to do that, and then we kinda worked backwards from there to get that on tape and in our songwriting, and so the single and EP was born.”

This thread is continued in the accompanying video to the track, with the group sharing an indicator of their ferocious live show, while still showing their roots of rehearsing in an old steel factory in Sydney’s west.

Recording their EP at DEF WOLF Studios with producer and engineer Mark Matula, the forthcoming Second Hand Band EP is set to serve as another powerful chapter in the band’s life, with their tracks set to serve as the powerful reminder of why they’re one band you need to watch.

“This EP basically is about our experiences so far as a rock band and also just as people and where we’re at in our lives and jobs and all that,” Campbell explains. “We have songs like ‘Down in The Gutter’, ‘Permanent Ink’, and ‘Spit in My Mouth’ that are very fast, aggressive songs, about life and fuckwits getting you down, not taking what others try to shove down your throat and not caring about what other people think.

“Then we have ‘Get Back (To Fuckwit City)’ which is basically just a fun, tongue in cheek ode to our home city of Sydney!”

Avalanche are set to officially release their new single on Friday, April 9th, while their Second Hand Band EP will follow a month later on May 11th. The group are also set to hit the road for a national tour from next week, with full details available below.

Avalanche’s “Second Hand Band” is released on April 9th, while their EP of the same name will arrive on May 11th, with pre-orders available now.

Avalanche ‘Second Hand Band’ National Tour

Saturday, April 17th
Home Brewed’Festival
Crowbar, Sydney, NSW (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, April 24
Artsville Unhatched’Festival
The Arthouse Cafe, Port Kembla, NSW
Tickets” Festival Director

Saturday, May 22nd
Paddo RSL, Sydney, NSW (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, June 19th
King Lears Throne, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
Free entry

Sunday, June 20th
Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast, QLD (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, June 26th
Hotel Westwood, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
Tickets: Eventbrite

Sunday, June 27th
The Last Chance Rock N’ Roll Bar, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Thursday, July 8th
La La La’s, Wollongong, NSW (18+)
Tickets: Moshtix

Saturday, July 24th
Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW (18+)
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545

Friday, August 6th
Kelly’s on King, Sydney, NSW (18+)
Tickets: Eventbrite

Saturday, August 14th
The Basement, Canberra, ACT (18+)
Tickets: Oztix