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Ghost Of The Avalanche

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

Ghost Of The Avalanche are a two-piece noise punk band from Bath, UK.
Nick Wiltone plays gritty distorted bass and Mel Per-Hour (thats me!) plays noisy drums and both do lead vocals.

How would you describe your style and genre?

We essentially try to make as much noise as possible with minimal set up we have, while maintaining a (somewhat perverse) sense of pop in our music. We both love hardcore punk but we also both love hooky pop and vocal harmonies so we try to work both these styles into our music.

Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)

Nick would say his biggest influences are The Ramones, The Bronx and The Misfits. He loves solid and mechanical punk drumming and is also a sucker for a distorted Fender P-Bass sound, the former of which he encourages in my playing and the latter is prevalent in his own musicality.
My own influences come from bands like Against Me! and Rancid as well as The Bronx; my drumming is really heavily influenced by Atom Willard of AM! as well as Joey Castillo and Tré Cool of QOTSA and Green Day.

What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?

On August 25th we'll be releasing our 4th EP which we've called Obsessive Compulsive Gender Dysphoria. It's coming out on Nicks own label, Casseblank Records, where we released our debut mini-album in 2013. Following the release we have a string of shows around the UK and France throughout September and October to support the EP.
Anyone who wants to hear or get a copy of the EP (and our three previous releases) can do so on any listening/streaming platform as well as on our Bandcamp page.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?

Joining a band with Nick, he's a nightmare! I joke. I asked Nick this and he said 'not quitting.' In all seriousness we probably haven't made any yet, which is really egotistical, but we both don't really look at anything as a mistake and take things as learning curves instead. Any mistakes we've made have made us the band we are today and we're alright with that!


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
We just take anything we get offered, we've never cared who or where we play so long as people are into what we do. We're lucky enough to have some close friends who have managed to get us some decent shows over the years too. Tips wise, I would say that gig swaps are a must. Befriend some bands from other towns and offer them shows in your local area in return for a show in theres – both bands benefit and you et two shows instead of one.

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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
As with any upcoming band it's just been getting our name established. Nick and I have playing on and off for over ten years but in the past 5 we've really been pushing our band. For us, everything boils down to our live shows so we try to give people something remember. We have an image onstage that includes an overly egotistical performance balanced with a total disregard for our equipment or each other which I feel makes us stick out. We've lost count of the amount of times Nick has had to have his basses repaired, we pull friends out of the crowd to pay drums or do vocals with us and a GOTA show isn't a GOTA show unless my drums end up IN the crowd at the end of our performance – make yourself memorable and people will invite you back to their venue.

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Ents24, Bebo, Myspace, Friends Reunited, anywhere. We chose a name that would come up at the top of a Google search (and it does) so people can find us easily. We give merch to people we play with so they remember who we are and we share all sorts of rubbish on our social media so our name keeps appearing in peoples feeds. Nick also works in marketing and I work in a record store so that really helps too.

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We meet again in one year. What has changed?
Nick has murdered me or I've quit.
Failing that, more new music and more shows. It's what we do and we're good at it, so why change the formula. Haha!

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