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

Avalanche City is the moniker of folk musician Dave Baxter from Auckland, New Zealand. He is best known for his 2011 New Zealand No. 1 single "Love, Love, Love" and his 2015 single Inside Out, which also charted at No. 1. In 2011, Dave Baxter was awarded the APRA Silver Scroll and nominated for three New Zealand Music Awards, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

History[edit]

Early life[edit]

Baxter began playing guitar at age nine and during his teens he performed in the bands One Must Fall and The Chase. He studied at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music).

2011-2014 Our New Life Above the Ground[edit]

In late 2009 Baxter left his job as a music writer and began recording bands in his own studio. He also began to write songs, practice singing, and create his own melodies. After performing his songs for friends, Baxter started Avalanche City and began touring with other musicians. He eventually decided to record the album Our New Life Above the Ground at Kourawhero Hall and offered it as a free download from Avalanche City's official website. Initial response to the album was extremely positive and the song "Love, Love, Love" was picked up by the local New Zealand TV station TV2 TV2 for their station promos. After this point the song placed on the New Zealand singles chart.

The album Our New Life Above the Ground was then re-released and sold well, placing number 4 on the official national albums chart and achieving gold status.

2015-Present We are for the Wild Places[edit]

After 4 years since the release of the Baxter's record breaking debut single Love Love Love, he released his highly anticipated new album, We are for the Wild Places in July 2015. The album's first single Inside Out was very popular and quickly reached number one on the Official New Zealand Music Chart[1] and was certified Platinum. [2] The album itself was placed no 3 on the Official Top 40 Albums Chart. The second official single from the album, Keep Finding A Way has been released to radio late August. [3]

Discography[edit]

Avalanche City discography
Studio albums 2
Music videos 6
EPs 1
Singles 6

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Certifications
NZ
[4]
AUS
[5]
Our New Life Above the Ground
  • Released: 4 April 2011
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 97
We Are for the Wild Places
  • Released: 3 July 2015
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
"—" denotes releases that were not released or did not chart in that region.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Snow
  • Released: 4 April 2011
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Certifications Album
NZ
[6]
AUS
[7]
"Love Love Love" 2011 1 49
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum[8]
Our New Life Above the Ground
"Ends in the Ocean"
"You and I"
"Sunset" 2012
"Inside Out" 2015 1
  • RMNZ: Platinum[9]
We Are for the Wild Places
"Keep Finding A Way"
"—" denotes releases that were not released or did not chart in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Title Director(s) Year Ref.
"Love Love Love" Josh Smith 2011 [10]
"Ends in the Ocean" Jefferton James 2011 [11]
"You and I" Jefferton James 2011 [12]
"Sunset" Kyle Eaton 2012 [13]
"Inside Out" Chris Lane 2015 [14]
"Keep Finding a Way" Josh Smith 2015 [15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Nominated Work Award Result
2011 APRA Silver Scroll Awards "Love, Love, Love" Silver Scroll Award Won
New Zealand Music Awards "Love, Love, Love" Single of the Year Nominated
Our New Life Above Ground Album of the Year Nominated
Avalanche City Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 APRA Silver Scroll Awards "Love, Love, Love" Most Performed Work in New Zealand Won
2015 New Zealand Music Awards "Inside Out" Single of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AVALANCHE CITY - Inside Out (SONG)". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stuff.co.nz - Avalanche City to tour all the wild places". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "New Zealand Single Certifications". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Love Love Love on YouTube
  11. ^ "Ends In The Ocean on YouTube". Youtube.com. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObfoJfYI7jY
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpdbjg2yed0
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7GJutYRxi4
  15. ^ "Keep Finding a Way YouTube". Youtube.com. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 

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