We Avalanche and The Dwells
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA, 02210
Heavily influenced by noise, pop, and old-time, We Avalanche sounds like your favorite band that forgot how to play their instruments. The Dwells are cosmic Americana, born on the Fourth of July. Together, Paige Califano and Matthew Bean are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting.
Few great ideas have ever arrived through apprehension. We Avalanche knows this, applies this, and shares this with their audience. They are explorers. Brady Custis found Zach Baldwin-Way in the ruins of ancient Greece and soon after found Eric Law through passing nods on a train to anywhere. Their specific brand of folk music is representative of this undying desire to explore the unexplored, attempting to preserve this historic art form while pursuing progress as well.
Often characterized by the unique blend of their instruments (voice, guitar, cello, and mandolin), We Avalanche's sound is uncommon. The band cites folk legends like Hank Williams, Paul Simon, and Pete Seeger as influences, but both modern pop and counterculture subgenres have a recognizable impact on their music. Often drawing comparisons to recent acts such as Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, and Joanna Newsom, We Avalanche puts new spins on a dearly respected tradition, resulting in either a flutter of strings pulling rhyme into motion or a cacophonous rumble, as free as it is inspired.
We Avalanche recorded their debut album, Time Travels, in Nashville, Tennessee, and released it in 2012 in their hometown of Boston.