Avalanche City

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Avalanche City
Avalanche City.jpg
Dave Baxter of Avalanche City
Background information
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Indie folk
Years active 2009–present
Labels Warner Music New Zealand
Website avalanchecity.com
Members Dave Baxter, Benjamin Duncan, Johnny Brock, Ben Tolich, Strahan Cole, Romelli Rodriguez

Avalanche City is a New Zealand folk music band from Auckland. The group was originally a solo project of Dave Baxter;[1] however, after he released his first album Our New Life Above The Ground he assembled a group of musicians,[2] namely Ben Duncan on drums; Johnny Brock on bass; Ben Tolich on keyboards and manjo; Strahan Cole on electric guitar, banjo, ukulele and backing vocals and Romelli Rodriguez on violin, glockenspiel, piano accordion and percussion.[3] Baxter completed his album, and then made it available for free download on the internet. He was expecting only a few hundred copies to be downloaded, but after more than 10,000 downloads he took it offline, and began to market it.

Baxter's first single "Love Love Love" debuted at number one on the New Zealand charts, despite little radio play. The next week it topped both the sales charts and the airtime charts.[4] It was also used as a theme song for TV2. The song achieved Gold recognition within the first 4 weeks on the charts, despite being available for free download earlier.

The group has signed a distribution deal with Warner music.[5]


Avalanche City discography
Studio albums 1
EPs 1
Singles 3
Music videos 3


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
NZ[6] AUS[7]
2011 Our New Life Above the Ground
  • Released: 4 April 2011
  • Label: Warner Music
4 97

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
2011 Snow
  • Released: 4 April 2011
  • Label: Warner Music


Year Single Peak positions Album
NZ[8] AUS[9]
2011 "Love Love Love" 1 49 Our New Life Above the Ground
"Ends in the Ocean"
2012 "Sunset"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Official link
2011 "Love Love Love" Josh Smith[10] Official video
"Ends in the Ocean" Jefferton James[11] Official video
"You And I" Jefferton James Official video
"Sunset" Jefferton James Official video


  1. ^ "Avalanche City". Letthepeoplespeak.tv. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Dave on NewsTalkZB". Newstalkzb.co.nz. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Interview With Avalanche City :: Libel Music". Libel.co.nz. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Chartbitz: An Avalanche Double | Scoop News". Scoop.co.nz. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Warner Music New Zealand Are Thrilled To Announce An Album Deal With Avalanche City". Muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chartifacts – Week Commencing: 26th September 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 8th August 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 8 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Love Love Love on YouTube
  11. ^ "Ends In The Ocean on YouTube". Youtube.com. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 

External links[edit]

Official Website
Official Blog
Strahan Cole's (Guitarist) Blog