Freo.Social have announced The Avalanches will headline their first ever New Year’s Eve party with a DJ set on Tuesday, December 31. It’s just part of what the Fremantle venue is calling its “biggest party yet”, with local favourites Grievous Bodily Calm in support, plus DJs in the Front Yard promising to keep celebrations going through until 2am thanks to an extended license for the night.
There are few Australian musicians as influential and wholly original as The Avalanches. Their debut album Since I Left You, released in 2000, laid the blueprint for the future of sample-based music in the 21st century. Effortlessly weaving an exuberant musical kaleidoscope from over 3500 vinyl samples from the obscure to the iconic, its influence can still be felt in the work of artists such as ?uestlove, Jamie XX, DJ Koze and Animal Collective today. Similarly, the band’s comeback album, 2016’s Wildflower earned them a gold record in Australia and critical acclaim across the globe.
Combining IDM, jazz-fusion, rock, hip hop, and experimental improvisation to produce unique compositions, local heroes Grievous Bodily Calm have become mainstays on the Australian gig and festival circuit. Since forming in late 2016 the band have had quick success, performing at Falls Festival, Gizzfest, Camp Doogs and supporting artists including Winston Surfshirt, Jordan Rakei, Sex on Toast and Donny Benet.
The Avalanches and Grievous Bodily Calm play Freo.Social on NYE, Tuesday, December 31. Tickets are on sale Monday, October 14 from Moshtix.