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“We have a special announcement coming for the Sydney and Melbourne shows…”

Steven Campbell

They say music is in the blood, a point which has been proven time and time over the years and through the annuls of music history.

But despite the long history – which includes famous musical relatives Tim and Jeff Buckley, John and Jason Bonham, Max and Jay Weinberg – seldom, if ever, has musical heritage been passed from father to son in quite the same fashion as Australian musicians Adrian and Steven Campbell.

Adrian fronted Aussie rock outfit Avalanche in the 1970s, a band who are well known for one of their hit tracks Sweet Baby Brown Eyes. Now, over four decades later, Adrian’s son Steven has released a cover of his father’s song in his new rock outfit called… Avalanche.

Sound confusing? Well it is until you hear the whole story which is one of the topics Steven (lead vocals, bass) and his partner Veronica Campbell (lead guitar) spoke about when they sat down for a chat with HEAVY earlier this week.

“It’s a cover of a song my father actually wrote back in the 70s for a band of the same name,” Steven smiled. “It’s a bit of an amped-up version of it, it’s not a complete straight cover. So we do add a bit more of a rock-heavy vibe to it, but it is relatively the same. It’s an old-school rock vibe – almost 12-bar blues but not quite – but we amped that up a little bit even more. So the verses, the choruses, there’s more amped up and elongated sections, but it’s just a classic, fun rock and roll song. Something you would have definitely heard in the pubs in that ’70s circuit. It’s a great callback for someone that taught me how to sing and really pushed my interest in music.”

In the full interview, Steven and Veronica talk more about Sweet Baby Brown Eyes, taking Steven’s father’s old band name, fusing old-style rock sensibilities with modern rock, how this song is the band’s most ambitious yet, forming during the COVID period and how they got the band off the ground, their upcoming run of shows, the special treat they have in store for fans at the Sydney and Melbourne shows and more.

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