Boys With A Thorn In Their Side

Transcript of an unidentified press interview, around the Always There single release.

by Jerry Smith

The Rose of Avalanche – now there’s a name to conjure with, and an apt one too, for a band who combine raw power with a rare beauty in their bold, atmospheric sound, and admit to being romantics at heart!

This admission comes from lanky frontman Phillip Morris, whose predominantly black dress sense and mirror shades belies the colourful and moody flavour of the Rose’s music, and is not the sort of statement you would associate with wild rock ‘n’ roll, but then The Rose of Avalanche are no ordinary band, which accounts for their steady and stealthy rise into the big time.

Formed in Leeds, they made their mark in 1985 with their very first single , the magnificent LA Rain and recorded a John Peel session, all before ever playing a live date.

Now, five singles later and they have broken into the Gallup Top 100 with their latest, Always There on burgeoning indie Fire Records., and are preparing to record what will be their first proper album. So the future looks Rosy and Morris knows it. “Yeah things are going well, no doubt helped by The Mission and The Cult making people more aware of the indie sector.”

The Rose of Avalanche have been lumbered with many comparisons in their time, due as much to sharing a hometown in common with The Sisters of Mercy and The Mission  and their initial use of a drum machine as anything to do with their cinemascope, anthemic sound and its sharp, rebel streak touched with a hint of goth mystery.

“We’re really fed up with that old Sisters tag, its just not relevant anymore.” they say. “We’ve never settled into one particular type of sound and can’t seem to write two songs that even sound the same!” Which should make a diverse and pretty interesting LP.

Before then though, and by public demand, Fire Records is releasing two if their previous and now deleted singles together on a six track 12 inch EP. This takes in their finest moments from the raucously epic Too Many Castles In The Sky and by contrast the dark and sultry Velveteen with all their respective B sides, including the stage favourite Assassin and a version of Dizzy Miss Lizzy, just to prove how wide ranging their influences are.

The current flurry of success is not confined to Britain either as they have a compilation LP, unavailable in the UK, presently heading the prestigious American College Radio charts.

So with the stage all set for the big league, the long awaited debut album LP is going to be an important landmark, although they are not going to rush things. As Phillip Morris explains “We’ve put our whole lives into this and we want to get it right. We’ve built things up quite nicely in the indie sector without any help from the majors and if you can do it independently you can just image what the majors can do for you”