The Avalanches have postponed upcoming European festival appearances due to a health issue. The Australian electronic trio – who returned this month with Wildflower, their second LP and first in 16 years – wrote on Facebook that member Tony Di Blasi “has been advised against international travel for the next few months” due to a “medical condition requiring treatment in Australia.”
The sample-slinging group announced that they will still perform as scheduled at this weekend’s Splendour in the Grass festival in New South Wales, although future international dates will be rescheduled. The group was set to perform at the Netherlands, France and Sweden.
The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater has also battled health problems – one of several factors (along with sample clearances and perfectionism) that contributed to the long delay between their two albums. “There were also three years in the mid-2000s when I was really unwell,” he recently told Pitchfork. “I was diagnosed with a couple of separate autoimmune diseases, so I was out of action.”
Chater also blamed the delay on the trio embracing their “imperfections,” en route to creating a “loose, punky, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll record with samples.”
“Sorry we kept you waiting, it’s been a wild ride and at times we thought we’d never make it through,” the group tweeted in June, announcing the new LP. “What kept us going was the belief in the day-to-day experience of music as a life force – as life energy. How music can change the tone of your day. How the sunlight refracts differently through the atmosphere can make the world look different, changing colors and feelings. What a beautiful thing sound waves can be. It’s magic.”