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The Avalanches find their reward on stage

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

It's safe to say that until the rumoured Michael Hutchence tracks make an appearance, The Avalanches have been the Australian comeback story of the year.

It took 16 years for the sample-masters to release Wildflower, the follow-up to their debut album Since I Left You, and it's taken them more than a decade to return to the stage.

After playing their first live show at the Splendour in the Grass festival this year, Tony Di Blasi and Robbie Chater are ready to take on dates at Falls Festival and solo shows kicking off in January.

"We're really excited to get out there and do the live thing, get out of the studio, get out of my room and get amongst the world," Di Blasi told AAP.

The pair spent eight years on-and-off labouring over endless samples in the studio, staring longingly at the sunshine as they perfected their masterpiece.

"It was so hard to finish it and the last few months it was really, really hard," he said.

It was a markedly different to making their first album.

"That was such a quick, young, spirited thing it didn't feel like that at all, this one, with the culmination of the years and hard work and so many painful experiences involved in getting it there," he said.

Wildflower is a varied album that's rich with samples. It's ambitious and took a lot of hard work from the pair determined to create a worthy follow-up to their debut.

"So many songs had 60 different parts and we were piecing them all together. Robbie was in there mixing and I was getting all the pieces of the songs together and it was just like a production line," he said.

There has been plenty of reward since the release. It became the group's first Australian number one, it went into the top ten in the UK charts and they've been nominated for six ARIA Awards including Album of the Year.

There will be further reward for the pair when they get to go back out on stage later this year.

"I love playing live and so does Rob and after being in the studio for so long it will be even more exciting ... we're definitely owed some live time," he said.

The Avalanches tour dates:

January 3, 4 - Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

January 5 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney

January 7 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Falls Festival dates:

December 28 - 31 - Lorne VIC

December 29 - 31 - Marion Bay TAS

December 31 - January 2 - Byron Bay NSW

January 7 - 8 - Fremantle WA

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