I Am the Avalanche
|I Am the Avalanche|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, indie rock, pop punk, melodic hardcore|
|Labels||I Surrender, Drive-Thru Records|
Brett "The Ratt" Romnes
|Past members||Michael Ireland
I Am the Avalanche is a punk rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The group's name comes from a lyric written by Vinnie Caruana for a song which was later discarded. The phrase also appears in the poem "Oh, Immobility, Death's Vast Associate" by Stephen Dobyns however Caruana maintains that this is a coincidence, and that he was not aware of the poem until after naming the band.
I Am the Avalanche was formed by vocalist Vinnie Caruana after the break-up of his previous band The Movielife, and followed his short stint playing in Head Automatica. The band also comprises drummer Brett "The Ratt" Romnes (who also produces the albums), and guitarist Brandon Swanson (former fill-in for Further Seems Forever) Until late 2013, guitarist Michael Ireland and Kellen Robson, the former bassist of Long Island band Scraps and Heart Attacks (who names the band 311 as his greatest influence), were also members - as of January 2014, their replacements have yet to be named. Brandon Swanson's last show with the band was a hometown show on December 26, 2014 at the Bowery Ballroom. Aside from handling vocal duties, Caruana sometimes plays guitar on certain songs such as "This Is Dungeon Music," giving the band a three-guitar attack. He has also been seen playing guitar on "My Second Restraining Order." These are in line with the band's heavier, slower sound compared to the members' previous efforts.
The band toured the United Kingdom before they played America, playing 2 shows over the Halloween weekend in October 2004. Soon after this, on September 27, 2005, they released their self-titled debut album, produced by drummer Barrett Jones on Drive-Thru Records. The album received significant press coverage and mostly good reviews.
I Am The Avalanche have played the Vans' Warped Tour, The Bamboozle Festival, and have also toured with Bleeding Through, Bayside, The Sleeping, No Use for a Name, Halifax, The Fully Down, Senses Fail, The Forecast, Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones and, most recently, Saves the Day and Brand New, and in October 2008, they headed out on a month-long tour with Four Year Strong and This is Hell.
The band played shows all over Australia in February 2009 as part of the annual Soundwave Festival. During their set on the Sydney leg, they played three demo tracks - "Winter Summer", "Brooklyn Dodgers" and "You've Got Spiders" (the latter two of which appeared on their second album Avalanche United) - and Vinnie Caruana also gave word of new album being released in the near future.
In 2009, Set Your Goals released the title track off their second studio album titled This Will Be the Death of Us through Myspace, which featured Vinnie on vocals, furthering recent rumors that they were going to be doing a side-project together.
On March 6, 2011, I Am The Avalanche opened for Paramore during a concert in Puerto Rico, where they played several songs from their upcoming album. Avalanche United was then released on October 11, 2011, to incredibly positive reviews. In a review of the album, rock music magazine 'The 1st Five' acknowledged the long wait between the band's first and second records, and also the growth it had afforded them; "Yes, six years was a long time to wait for a new I Am The Avalanche record. But if they can make another leap like the one between their self-titled debut and Avalanche United I’ll wait as long as they like."  I Am The Avalanche then played a stint on The Vans Warped Tour from June 16 - July 3, 2012 in support of the record, and also went on to play as part of that year's Soundwave Festival in Australia.
In September 2013, it was announced that I Am The Avalanche had entered The Barber Shop Studios to begin tracking their third full length, and on January 8, 2014, the band announced via their Facebook page that their third full-length album, titled Wolverines, would be released on March 17 of that year on I Surrender Records. They wrote, 'WOLVERINES is an album that’s been a serious labor of love for us and one that we’re incredibly proud of. The Ratt, our super-talented drummer, produced the record and the great Will Yip mixed it.'. At the same time, they streamed the first single from the album, 'The Shape I'm In', on Esquire Magazine's website.
- I Am the Avalanche (September 27, 2005)
- Avalanche United (#9 on Heatseekers) (October 11, 2011)
- Wolverines (Billboard 200 #108) (March 17, 2014)
- The Early November/I Am the Avalanche (July 26, 2005)
- Bayside/I Am the Avalanche (Summer 2007)
- Bayside/Saves the Day/I Am the Avalanche/Transit (November 2011)
- Brooklyn Dodgers (2011)
- The Shape I'm In (2014)
- Biography, Allmusic.com
- Brendan Manley, Alive and Kicking. Long Island Press, September 29, 2005. Cached copy from Yahoo.com. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- Kim Owens, Review. Kaffeine Buzz. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- Stewart Mason, Review. Allmusic.com. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- Tony Pascarella, Review. The Trades. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- Staff Review, Scenepointblank. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- Bleeding Through and I am the Avalanche. Phoenix New Times, December 21, 2006. Accessed July 3, 2007.
- John-Michael Bond, Review. The 1st Five Accessed Oct 14, 2011.