Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review: Avalanche Ammo at Whelan's

Anthony Boland took to the stage for a powerful debut performance of devastatingly instant melodic driven math-rock. So much so that Avalanche Ammo, could easily become a gateway drug, for a new generation of fans, into the post rock genre.   

Avalanche Ammo utilises samples and live looping to great effect whilst playing guitar and singing live. Boland pushes himself physically to produce these sounds. Diving from one electronic device to the next, controlling the constantly changing beats and loops he is creating. 

Avalanche Ammo avoids the weedier elements of the genre altogether by never letting the guitar deliver high-end guitar parts on its own. Instead he keeps the momentum constantly upbeat and throbbing with elements of At the Drive In and Deftones never far away from the rhythm figures. While the lead-lines are instant and poppy. Think Two Door Cinema Club and Franz Ferdinand. All these elements combine to create an explosive, if you will Deftones-disco sound.

Sparrow is the best example of this sound jumping from crunching metal riffs to Stereo Lab electronica and back again.  While "Panda Capture" sucked the audience in instantly with its summery, instrumental indie sound.  "Owl Speak" introduced metal elements mixed with Go Team sunshine. Closing track "Pony Up" was the highlight of the set however, delivering dance-floor metal at its finest.

Avalanche Amoo is an exciting new project and a welcome addition to Ireland's critically acclaimed Post-rock scene. His debut EP Animals is out now and available for free via bandcamp and we highly recommend you download it now.

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