I’m a strong believer in rock and roll (and a self-proclaimed melomaniac). The romance, the mythology, the power to save you and it’s individualism. I am constantly on the look out for not only great bands but a front-man who can make people believe in rock ‘n’ roll again. You know, that band you just can’t miss and will travel miles just to get that explosive buzz again. Doing this job, I’m constantly listening to new bands and out at gigs, I see bands playing their hearts out, crowd surfing, singers and front-men/women tearing through the crowds and putting on killer shows and whilst I always thoroughly enjoy most of these sets, very rarely does it awaken my soul – do you know what I mean? Do you ever get that feeling when listening or watching a great song been performed that it makes all the hairs on your arm stand on end? When you find a band that strikes all the right chords, your body can literally go on a physiological jaunt. Your heart rate soars. Your pupils dilate. Your body temperature escalates. It’s just bloody amazing and thats the reason why we are starting this new feature – NE Radar.
Sourcing out the bands who do all those things and more.
We start with a band who are currently on tour with This Feeling and who’s shows we’ve been attending this month…
Every now and again a band comes along with such a unique and masterful way of expressing themselves – it makes you feel uplifted and alive. We’ve had the pleasure to experience just that watching Avalanche Party in Manchester on Friday and Sheffield on Saturday – a band that ticks all our boxes. It’s been a while since I found a band who truly excite me and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep finding words that qualify their talent but after two uproarious performances banging out some glorious unhinged rock ‘n’ roll – I had to write something! They’ve been on my radar a while but as most of you will know I don’t really get behind a band until I see them live – I am literally kicking myself that it’s taken me this long to do that, because man, I have been missing out.
The feral garage-rock, five piece bring together the best of their influences and make them their own in a tightly-played set that exhibits their vast potential. Gigs are euphoric, sweaty and extremely satisfying with Jordan Bell and Jared Thorpe on vocals and guitar, Kane Waterfield on drums, Joe Bell on bass and Glen Adkins on keys – the band are racking up die-hard fans and nationwide acclaim for their unforgiving, raw live performances.
The past year has seen the band tour the UK constantly with numerous festival appearances including Reading & Leeds Festival, Y-Not Festival, Humber Street Sesh, Twisterella Festival, Stockton Calling amongst others and a European tour taking in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Serbia.
Their sets are a constant adrenaline rush with guitars that’d melt the paint off the walls. Kane’s thunderous drums shook the foundations of the Cafe Totem last night and with each band member exhibiting their own unique style – this is what collectively, makes Avalanche Party so special.
The gently menacing and powerful Jordan Bell wrapped up in skinny jeans and little else, repeatedly journeys out into the audience gyrating on the floor in a shamanic fashion. There is so much energy trapped in that lean frame and the songs are delivered in various blasts of fast – slow, furtive and frantic. Jordan outstretches his arms like a clergyman addressing his congregation captivating them for the entire sermon. With his fixed gaze he keeps the audience firmly on their toes for the entirety of the show.
The band have been championed by BBC Introducing, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, Vic Galloway at BBC Scotland, John Kennedy at Radio X, Edith Bowman at Virgin Radio, Jim Gellatly, Amazing Radio and KCRW’s Jason Kramer in the USA. The band were also recently asked to record a live session for BBC 6Music…
This band without a doubt is going to blow up big time – so don’t miss the chance to see them up close while you still can. The band play Broadcast on the 27th of April in Glasgow and at Sneaky Petes on the 28th in Edinburgh all further dates can be found on their Facebook page.
PHOTO GALLERY: CAFE TOTEM – 22ND APRIL
FEATURED PHOTO: MODEL D PHOTOGRAPHY