Revered New York Punk act I Am The Avalanche has shared another single in anticipation of their forthcoming album DIVE. Fans can hear the title track now on Brooklyn Vegan, alongside an exclusive interview with front man Vinnie Caruana, here: https://bit.ly/34C8cis. DIVE, the band’s first album since 2014’s Wolverines, is set to be released on November 20th via I Surrender Records. For more information or to pre-order the album, including a new vinyl variant, please visit: https://orcd.co/iatadive.
We were able to get Mike Ireland of the band to answer a few question that we were dying to know from the band…
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
I Am The Avalanche is a punk rock band formed in Brooklyn, NY in the late summer of 2004. As cliché as it may sound, fate brought us all together. Fate, a nickel bag of weed and a handle of vodka, actually.
What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We have a new record called DIVE that came out on November 20th 2020. It was written mostly in my old apartment in Brooklyn by Vinnie and I over the course of a year or so. We took the songs to our drummer, Ratt , and he put his magic into them. He produced, recorded, and mixed DIVE. It’s a little hard to make a video at the moment with COVID in full swing, but that will come later. We are all scattered across the country in the moment.
With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
This question hurts me because it’s so real. Sometimes I dream about life as it used to be. Crowded, sweaty shows. The bar lined with friends, hugging and drinking , laughing and telling stories. Then I wake up to COVID still speeding through us like a fucking freight train. I think punk shows as we knew them won’t return until there’s a vaccine for everyone on the planet, and still it will take a long time for people to actually take it. When we were wrapping up DIVE in March, Drug Church was in the same studio as us and we hung out together a lot. We watched Code Orange perform a livestream show and all of us were watching with so much anxiety because we all knew this was the future. Livestreaming is the new normal. It’s depressing as fuck, but it’s what we’ve got for now. I have hope this will all end someday and we can all drink beers and dive on each other at Taphouse in Norfolk while Avalanche rips a set.
What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself… “THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
Tom Petty’s “ Full Moon Fever “ got me into music and when I saw Avail for the first time I knew I was home.
Who was your first concert and what is your best memory?
My first show was a wild and weird one. His Hero Is Gone, JRS ( pre Municipal Waste ), Ensign, and Bladecrasher at the Virginia Beach Skatepark. People were circle pitting in one spot and doing huge airs on a vert ramp in the same room. It was fucking heaven. My favorite moment is watching Strike Anywhere at Twisters in Richmond in 1999. The last Count Me Out show is up there too, around 2003.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I’d be cooking in a restaurant.
On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
It’s a 69.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?.
Fake Weed on DIVE is my favorite. It’s got it all. Groove, mosh, blast beats, big chorus. I love it.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
No, I’ve peaked.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I’m obsessed with how my dog’s ears smell; I huff them multiple times a day. They smell like old baseball mitts and Fritos.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Amber. It’s the color of my energy.
Who are you inspired by Musically or in life in general?
I’m inspired by the Ratt (Brett Romnes, Avalanche’s drummer) because he is a sex wizard.
What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
RIP TOUR. Come on Moderna!!!!
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I love everyone who takes the time out of their lives to come watch us play songs or listens to us at all. I try and get back to everyone who reaches out.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety before, during, or after a show?
Every single show I deal with anxiety. I usually drink a couple beers and stretch out. I laugh with the guys in my band before the show. Laughter is the best medicine.
If you could collaborate musically or artistically in any way who would it be and why?
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t forget that your time is limited. Enjoy the ride as best you can. Soak up the fun. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Stretch before shows !
I Am The Avalanche is a force you just can’t kill. Over its decade-and-a-half existence, the Brooklyn band has routinely faced and overcome personal, professional and existential challenges. Enter DIVE, I Am The Avalanche’s first album since 2014’s Wolverines and a convincing new chapter in the band’s hard-earned reputation. Out November 20 on I Surrender Records, DIVE confronts a crushing year for independent musicians and comes out guns blazing, wall-to-wall with anthemic post-hardcore fight songs