Brooklyn’s I Am the Avalanche is a band that’s been around for 15 years and counting, and while they’ve routinely had to face and overcome various personal and professional challenges, they’re still alive and kicking.
I Am the Avalanche have perviously announced that they will be releasing their new album, DIVE, on November 20th via I Surrender Records — their first since 2014’s Wolverines.
DIVE confronts a crushing year for independent musicians, and comes out guns blazing, with wall-to-wall anthemic post-hardcore songs that fan will find comfort and familiarity in. Recording sessions for DIVE wrapped March 15th this year, the weekend where much of America first came to terms with the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After some last-call lyrical additions (notably the title track’s resounding salvo, “We suffer together / no one’s alone”) vocalist Vinnie Caruana fled North Jersey’s Barber Shop Studios to quarantine with his wife Laura in Brooklyn. Nevertheless, they both quickly received some crushing news. “We both got sick with coronavirus and quarantined together,” Caruana says. “Having her with me was a huge part of why this year wasn’t as dark as it could have been.”
Caruana acknowledges the good fortune of their recoveries after a couple bedridden weeks, along with the fact most of DIVE’s most dire lyrics were penned before the country went on lockdown. “This has been coming,” he insists. “Pre-pandemic, things were still shitty. Our country has been turned upside-down by the current administration. So the songs that sound like they were written yesterday… I don’t think that’s going to change.”
Now, fresh off announcing DIVE and releasing “Better Days,” I Am the Avalanche have released another new single, “You’re No Good to Me Dead.”
“This one came to fruition in the 11th hour,” recalls Caruana. “We had a short break before our last week of tracking, and I came back to the studio with this one. We jammed on it and we were all thrilled to finish so strong.”
Check out the new song below, and pre-order DIVE here.