Familiar Frome faces return with a noisy new sound
From Shut Up Benson to The Operation, Haters to EMP!RE, Miles Pereira and Nick Wilton have been knocking around the music scene for a number of years now ... but now as Nick Wiltone and Miles Per-Hour the duo, have joined force returning to action as garage noise oiks Ghost of the Avalanche.
Your Time spoke to Nick to get the find out why and more.
Your Time: Can you tell us how Ghost of the Avalanche came together?
Nick: We formed the band after I left my previous band and was looking to do something completely new.
Miles and I have been friends for a long time and both love punk and rock 'n' roll so it made sense we should get a band going.
Sounds a bit like The Dead Life to me. Is it just a different name or a change in direction?
GOTA is the rebirth of The Dead Life. We only ever played a few shows as The Dead Life and then both got busy with other projects for a couple of years so we decided to give it a fresh start when we got it back together.
The music is more refined than the older stuff although some of those song ideas have been re-imagined for this new band.
How would you describe your sound?
We are a noise-punk duo with dark-pop sensibilities. It's heavy music but we're suckers for a good hook.
We've both previously played in very melodic bands so we know the importance of melody and harmony and we interpret this into our sound as much as possible.
We also play fast and loud, with a lot of energy so it's an exciting blend of styles for us.
What are the band's influences?
Between Miles and I we have a huge range of influences so there's a bit of everything in there.
For me, vocals wise, I really love Glenn Danzig (The Misfits), Billy Idol, Joey Ramone (Ramones) and Matt Caughthran (The Bronx), which undoubtedly have subconsciously influenced my vocal style.
In terms of bass players, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Jesse Kaufman (Death From Above 1979) and J-J Burnel (The Stranglers) have all influenced my playing in some way.
In terms of drummers, Miles loves Joey Costello (Queens Of The Stone Age) Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and Steve Curtis (Ultimate Trigger Mechanism) to name a few.
He plays like a beast so I think it's fair to say they've influenced his playing style!
What do you hope to achieve with GOTA?
We formed the band because we both wanted to play really loud and fast but to also see what we could do with just two instruments and two vocals.
We believe in the spirit of punk and that you can use limitations to breed creativity.
The songs sound the way they do because of the two people involved and because we are constantly pushing ourselves to write exciting and unique music.
In terms of what want to achieve, we want to write and record as much as possible and also play some great shows with great bands.
We'd love to get on tour with some of our heroes and just have a good time.
What do you write about in your songs?
We write about life experiences, what we see on TV, in the news, the world around us and how we feel about things.
Sometimes our songs are written about fictional characters, or are metaphors for something else.
Our songs can sometimes start off being about one thing and then turn into another, or the lyrics can jump from one perspective to another but generally there is a lot of depth and multiple meanings in our lyrics.
Is there a CD and how can people get their hands on a copy?
We are actually releasing our debut mini-album Hide The Truth on limited edition cassette and download through Casseblank Records on Friday, September 13.
It will be available to buy on our website and from us personally at shows.
It will also be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the major digital retailers for download on the release date.
How would you describe a GOTA gig?
Punk theatre of the highest calibre!
We are true showmen and like to keep up the intensity throughout our performance. Blink and you'll miss it!
People will recognise you both from other bands - are all those projects now dead in the water?
This is currently my only musical project.
That's not to say I won't be playing with any other bands in the future, right now I'm just really enjoying making and playing this type of music.
I've wanted to make an album like this for a long time but because of other musical commitments, hadn't found the right time to do it, it's great fun playing in a two-piece punk band!
Miles also plays in local funk band, Fat Stanley which is completely different to what he does in GOTA so I know both bands keep him on his toes!
What plans have the band got this year?
We have a few gigs coming up in September, most notably our mini-album launch party at Moles in Bath on Friday the 13th and our gig at The Exchange in Bristol the day before.
We're booking in more shows for later in the year and gearing up to film a music video for the album's debut single These Sharks that will hopefully be released on, or soon after the album release date.
We're also already planning on releasing a follow-up EP in the New Year.
Come to our shows and check us out or find us on Facebook, Twitter and at www.ghostoftheavalanche.bandcamp.com.