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The Avalanches : Benicassim International Festival
The Aussie sample sultans play their first international live show, and bust everyone's preconceptions...
Once all together, and ready for the band's first international live show,
The Avalanches take over. They are impeccable in dress code (afros, white suits) and incomparably eclectic. Not eclectic in the album sense, where they embrace the use of sampling to extremes, but rather by literally
playing several different styles in their set. Six or so band members on live instruments (all older than expected) unleash a seemingly-controlled anarchy of unpredictable sonic shots and fun-fuelled bass.
Suddenly the instruments are down and the band walks off. The boos becoming deafening. Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' come over the PA to signal the end. Then, wait... They're suddenly back on-stage and starting off as a band again.
These dancefloor intervals go on for the next hour, until a distinctly electronic interlude is interrupted by a bassist/keyboard player/drummer fight (all obviously sick of swapping instruments throughout the gig), which sees them launching drum parts across the stage (cymbals, hit hats, all) and some spectacular dives onto one another - all harmless, all Marx Brothers and all very entertaining. The only thing left for them to do, after breaking every preconception anyone could ever have had about The Avalanches, would be to set fire to the tent (or themselves for that matter) or actually play something off the album.
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