I Am the Avalanche
"This band has a nervous energy, an urgency that each of us feel every second of our lives, and this album captures that. We're brothers, we're family. The music we make together binds us together and gets us through all the hard times,
- Vinnie Caruana
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. Over the course of the next two years IATA toured the world relentlessly in support of this album, which quickly became a cult favorite among fans and the band's peers.
Prior to forming IATA, Caruana had fronted the beloved and influential band The Movielife. His popularity as one of the most respected singers in the punk rock community helped the word spread quickly about his new band's incredible live shows. Before long IATA had established an intensely dedicated and passionate following around the globe.
In 2006, IATA began writing and demoing new music for their follow-up album, and while the band continued to play rare performances and tour briefly over the next several years, they also came to the realization that they wanted and needed to return to their DIY roots and start anew. Almost completely on their own at that stage, the members of IATA became laser-focused on writing the best album of their careers.
Thus, six years after the release of their debut album, IATA returned to the studio to record their second: AVALANCHE UNITED. The album came out in 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). Featuring 12 anthemic songs and absolutely zero filler, the album included "Brooklyn Dodgers," the defiant "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. Just seconds into first listening to AVALANCHE UNITED, it's immediately clear that I Am the Avalanche had returned with one of punk's most powerful albums in years, unbroken and unbowed.
Following the album's release, the band toured around the world several times through 2012, to great acclaim.
I Am The Avalanche are currently finishing writing their next album, which they'll be recording in May 2013, with release set for early October.