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Preview: I Am The Avalanche @ Subterranean

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It took more than six years for Brooklyn-based pop punkers I Am The Avalanche to release their second album Avalanche United, but the buzz around this band barely seemed to teeter off after all that time. I Am The Avalanche has deep roots in the pop-punk scene--vocalist Vinnie Caruana fronted seminal Drive-Thru Records act The Movielife prior to its breakup and IATA's debut release on the same label in 2005.
Caruana's gang put out their shiny new album in October of last year and after supporting runs with genre gods like Saves The Day and Brand New are hitting up Chicago on one of their first headlining tours since its release.

I Am The Avalanche's self-titled debut was a heart wrenching lament of pretty much...well...everything, full of chugging guitar rhythms, aggressively autobiographical lyrics and booze-induced anthems. Whereas the band's newest release is decidedly more upbeat, melodic and boozy--but in a good way. The record is no less energetic than its predecessor, but this is a whole new brand of energy for this group. That said, Avalanche United isn't all fun. Caruana's anxiety-riddled vocal style creates poignancy in every line regardless of whether he's feeling remorseful, reminiscent, sarcastic or just plain old pissed off.

Hear--and see--for yourself Saturday, March 24, at Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave.). It's an early show so openers Red City Radio and Hostage Calm take the stage at 5:30pm. This also means the show is all ages. Tickets are $12 in advance or buy them at the door for $15.

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