It is with great pride that Xtra Mile Recordings can reveal that the brilliant I Am The Avalanche have joined the label and will be releasing their long awaited second album ‘AVALANCHE UNITED’ in the Autumn.
The quintet from Brooklyn, New York join a roster that includes Frank Turner, Crazy Arm and The Xcerts as well as fellow American’s Dave Hause, Jim Ward and Against Me! Frontman Vinnie Caruana says: “We are extremely excited to be working with Xtra Mile on the release of AVALANCHE UNITED. It’s an honour to be part of a label and roster with such integrity and style. Cheers to the future!”
‘AVALANCHE UNITED’ is the album fans have been waiting on for over six years. Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Michael Ireland (guitar), Brett “The Ratt” Romnes (drums) and Kellen Robson (bass) formed I Am the Avalanche in the fall of 2004 and quickly released their debut self-titled album in 2005. They toured the world relentlessly in support of this album, which became a cult favorite among fans and the band’s peers, and with popularity and respect from the punk rock community through Caruana’s previous band The Movielife, IATA soon established their own intensely dedicated following around the globe.
In 2006, IATA began writing and demoing new music for their follow-up album. Despite the odd rare live performance they decided to return to their DIY roots and become self-managed, self-booked and almost completely on their own so they could be laser-focused on writing the best album of their careers.
Six years after the release of their debut album, IATA have returned with just that. Set for release on 10th October 2011, produced by the band, and executive produced and engineered by their prolific drummer Brett “The Ratt” Romnes and mixed by Machine (Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong), AVALANCHE UNITED is addictively melodic and blisteringly raw to its very core. Featuring 12 anthemic songs, the album includes ‘Brooklyn Dodgers’, the bold ‘Holy Fuck’, the epic and somber ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘The Gravedigger’s Argument’ featuring Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Throughout, Caruana’s distinctive voice drips with defiance, humor and proud vulnerability as he sings about hope, heartbreak, death, defying adversity and the bonds between family, lovers and friends.
And just seconds into first listening to AVALANCHE UNITED, it’ll be immediately clear that I Am the Avalanche are back with one of punk’s most powerful albums in years, unbroken and unbowed.
The band will be coming over to the UK and Europe later on in the year for a run of headline shows – more information on that to follow soon.