The new Avalanches album will be “done in three weeks”
We’ll believe it when we hear it, but The Avalanches Robbie Chater has reportedly said that he expects to finally complete work on the band’s long over-due second album next month.
The surprising news comes via Royal Trucks and Black Bananas singer Jennifer Herrema, who worked with the band several years ago and apparently has the inside word on the progress of the near-mythical album. The Avalanches hired Herrema to write lyrics for a track called Stepkids back in 2011 and she was recently in touch with Chater about returning the favour with a remix of a song on the Black Bananas’s new album Electric Brick Wall.
“Robbie wrote me last week and they’re gonna do a remix for [the new] album and he updated me,” Herrema told The Quietus. “He said that their album was gonna be done in three weeks and then he was gonna work on the Black Bananas remix.” Unfortunately it’s not the first time Herrema has announced that the Avalanches record is nearing release: Back in January 2012 she claimed that the long awaited, near mythical album would ““definitely be released that year.
It’s been 14 years since Since I Left You and hints about a follow-up album from The Avalanches have been floating around for almost a decade. Since the release of the band’s 2000 debut several members have left the group including turntablist Dexter Fabay and multi-instrumentalist Darren Seltmann. In February this year the band’s label Modular announced that, “Officially the band is Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi right now. Album sounds awesome, but there’s no dates or anything planned. The official line is ‘stay tuned’.”
Avalanches’ second album timeline
August 2006 – Modular Recordings issue a press release stating “it’s sounding like everything we dared not hope for, and so much more. They’ve made the record of their lives basically.”
January 2007 – The Avalanches post a message on their official site announcing, “It’s a really thrilling time for us right now as this record comes together, it’s so fuckin party you will die, much more hip-hop than you might expect, and while there is still no accurate estimated time of arrival, were sure you’re gonna love it when it arrives … much of last year was spent cutting up the spoken word/instructional records we need to tell the albums musical story, and we have some 40 odd songs we’re narrowing down and finishing.”
December 2008 – The head of Modular records, Steven “Pav” Pavlovic, claims he expects to receive the album on Christmas Day.
May 2009 – The band reportedly begins clearing samples.
January 2010 – triple j claims that the album will be released in October 2010. They later retract the prediction.
June 2010 – An administrator on the Avalanches’ message board announces “i hear ariel pink is recording some guest vocals for it and once those are done, the album will be finished (!).”
May 2011 – Pavlovic again teases fans by announcing that the band had “finished and they’re celebrating. They’re going to have a little party to celebrate finishing it. The next stage will see the album go to someone to mix. And then we’ll probably drop a song later this year, and the album early next year.”
June 2011 – Avalanches play a DJ set at the Pavlovic-curated Vivid LIVE festival in Sydney.
December 2011 – The Avalanches announce they have produced a track with Herrema called The Stepkids. They claim the track is “probably the best song we ever done”.
January 2012 – Herrema claims that the long-awaited new album would “definitely” be out before the start of 2013.
March 2012 – Rapper Danny Brown announces “I did a new song on the album. It’s called Frank Sinatra … [The Avalanches] contacted my manager. I knew of them, but I can’t say I was that deep into their music. But I went back and studied it, and it’s just amazing. I am ecstatic about that shit.”
August 2012 – Avalanches release a demo version of A Cowboy Overflow Of The Heart featuring David Berman of the Silver Jews on vocals.
January 2013 – Avalanches release ‘80s inspired set recorded at Splendour in the Grass in 2006.
May 2013 – The Avalanches release a 22-second preview of a track commissioned for the Melbourne production of the King Kong musical. The track is a cover of the Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler standard Get Happy, which was popularised by Judy Garland.
September 2013 – The Avalanches release their remix of Hunters & Collectors’ first single Talking To A Stranger, as part of the Crucible tribute album.
February 2014 – It’s revealed that Darren Seltmann is no longer a member of The Avalanches but according to Modular, “Album sounds awesome, but there’s no dates or anything planned.”
June 2014 – Jennifer Herrema says that the album will be finished in the next three weeks.