The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater reveals automimmune disease diagnosis

He says it is a major reason for the 16-year wait for ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater has revealed that an autoimmune disease diagnosis played a large part in the delay of the band’s second album, ‘Wildflower’.

The Australian group’s debut ‘Since I Left You’ was released in 2000, but its follow up has taken 16 years, with it finally set to land later this week (July 8).

But in a new interview with Pitchfork, Chater confirmed that being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases in the mid-2000s left him unable to produce new music for a number of years.


Speaking in the interview, Chater said, “There were three years in the mid-2000s when I was really unwell. I was diagnosed with a couple of separate autoimmune diseases, so I was out of action.”

The Avalanches man also revealed that perfectionism and sample clearance had a lot to do with the 16-year wait, adding, “As far as samples, they started clearing stuff years ago, but then there would be some hold-up and they’d have to go back and renegotiate.

“People would give permission for us to use the sample, and then a certain amount of time would elapse and they would Google who the band is and be like, ‘Oh s**t, I can ask for more money.’ That sort of thing took forever.”

The Avalanches shared ‘Subways’, the third track to be revealed from their long-awaited new album ‘Wildflower’, which is streaming online one week ahead of its official release via Apple Music now.

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