Gig Review: Avalanche Party @ The Cluny
The confines of Newcastle’s The Cluny were warm and cosy, the main bar area decorated with softly glowing fairy lights and looking festive as Christmas grows closer.
The merriment of the evening was about to be intensified by mega riffs and energetic tunes in the adjacent stage area, the culprits; 3 support acts followed by the headlining North Yorkshire quintet, Avalanche Party, who introduced some high velocity noise and made it an unforgetful evening.
Motherland were first to the stage, providing a great start to the evening. As first impressions went, I liked the singer’s vocals and the ambience mixed in with their guitar riffs, which occasionally were the result of 3 guitars playing simultaneously.
They were followed by Sleeptape, who's energetic bassist caught the attention of many in the crowd. I appreciated the Latin American influence that cropped up nearing the end of their song ‘Benefit’ , which had some reggaeton style drumming that was well incorporated with the alternative sound they had going.
Last but not least of the support acts were Ghost Signals, who brought along plenty of sass and a good dry sense of humour which they utilized when they performed a comically doom and gloom Christmas song that they wrote for the occasion, to the delight of many of the attendees.
There were some strong 80s dance rock vibes with a modern twist dominant in songs like ‘Hectoring’ and plenty of entertainment was provided with ‘Start Families (Avoid Hip Parties)’.
During an effects laden introduction filled with white noise and distortion, Avalanche Party made their appearance.
Lead singer/guitarist Jordan Bell wasted no time in creating a strong impression as he grabbed his microphone and, with a bottle of water in his hand, marched to the edge of the stage grabbed the nearby railings and stalked on the edge around the crowd while he threw water and repeatedly yelled the title of their opening song, ‘I’m So Wet!’.
If that wasn’t impactful enough, their style of music certainly was: garage rock shredded with synth effects and loaded with punk attitude.
Bell’s vocals were frenzied and his stage presence was bold and in your face.
There’s no space to focus on anywhere else and no possibility for distractions.
He looked into the crowd, fully focused and absorbed in the songs he’s singing, crouching on his knees at some points as he played aggressively.
What was striking about Avalanche party is that each member of the band flourished on stage and had their own style and stage presence. Each one of them was imperative in the creation and etching of the angst that is their furious music, and incorporated it brilliantly into their stage presence.
From their chanting and backing vocals, stances and energetic body language, to their guitarist killing it while playing the saxophone for one of their songs, they are predatory and raw.
Their ferocity did not lessen 'til they left the stage at the very end of their set.
When it comes to putting on a performance rife with angst and energy, you need not look further.
Avalanche Party are going stronger and wilder than ever with no signs of slowing.
They possess a primal and extreme intensity that breeds enthusiasm and adrenaline in their audiences and leaves them wanting more. This was easily one of the best gigs I had been to, and a performance that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Photography: Claire-Jayne Photography