Avalanche Party are currently riding high from the release of their debut album '24 Carat Diamond Trephine', which arrived last week (22nd November) via So Knee Records.
Arriving in the middle of a lengthy UK tour, the band's enthusiastic garage-punk has afforded them the opportunity to travel all over the show - as evidenced in this spiffy new playlist.
"Here is a selection of songs from places we have been around the world," the band explain. "I chose the theme because we are on tour and going to different places - around the world. Eat it."
This absolute supreme belting smash of a track is from an album made through a collaboration between Ethiopian Jazzers and a Dutch punk band and it is the best thing I've heard all year hands down. The Ex are a pretty fascinating bunch who according to Wikipedia are based in Amsterdam which is a good enough link to put them in this playlist. Our last gig in Amsterdam was at the Paradiso for London Calling with Viagra Boys and Fontaines DC - and very good it was too.
We recently did some recording at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, which among a million other things is where the Desert Sessions recordings take place. This one is from the most recent album and features an insane lineup of Billy Gibbons, Les Claypool, Dave Catching, Dave Catching and Dave Catching.
In a tenuous link, the first line of the song mentions New Jersey and we've been on trains there twice. This is by far my favourite Bruce Springsteen song, he's a big Suicide fan and apparently this was heavily inspired by that - it just sounds great.
This is a song written by an Italian guy based on what he thought the English language sounded like, without having learned any of it. Makes perfect sense to me. Adriano was based in Milan - Kane also lived there for 2 years while working in the fashion industry. Small world.
Home is wherever you hang your cat. Our closest thing to a local scene is Teesside and as we're playing the Westgarth on Dec 14th it's a good excuse to pick a song by a Middlesbrough band who are absolutely top drawer - Pellethead. Pellethead have been going since 1843 and they are mint, one of my favourite live bands. If you ever get the chance to see them - do it!
Ros Sereysothea was a Cambodian singer from the late sixties/early seventies. Absolutely great. She disappeared when the Khmer Rouge arrived and only a small percentage of her recordings survived. We tour Cambodia in Nov 2020.
Does one every truly go beyond the reef or does the reef go beyond you? I find most times it is the latter, but it is good to try. Marty Robbins now lives in San Diego and runs San Diego Crab Club, where we met him on an unlikely day off during our last tour.
Been listening to loads of David Lynch at the minute - from his solo albums, which are great, especially the Big Dream to his film soundtrack stuff with Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise. This is a track with his son Riley on guitar, made for the most recent Twin Peaks series. It's like a hidden door through to the Pink Room. This was recorded in a studio down the road from where we got a parking ticket on Sunset Boulevard for taking too long to move when the lights changed.
This song kicked off a recent Scott Walker obsession which went on to Jackie, Farmer In The City, The Electrician... the man was a true champion. A little known fact is that he was born in Filey, where we played one of our earliest gigs for 4 cans of Special Brew and a bag of mackerel.
Sirens were magic birdy beauties that would sing to sailors, luring them to islands where they would perish, perishingly - in Greek mythology you see. If anybody survived their singing then the Sirens were fated to die. It's a Buckley song, but this version is sung by Elizabeth Fraser who has one of the greatest voices of all time. David Lynch used the song in his film, Lost Highway - which I believe is somewhere in-between Preston and St. Helens.
Avalanche Party's debut album '24 Carat Diamond Trephine' is out now.