Take Ten with That’ll Be The Day from Melbourne

Mannequin Republic sits down with founding member of Melbourne southern hardcore act That’ll Be The Day.  Clayton Nielsen (guitar) shares his thoughts on hardcore bands, the Australian music scene, putting on a live show and more, before coming up to Queensland for their first national tour.

What are you looking forward to most about coming up to Queensland?

Clayton Nielsen: We’re looking forward to finally playing interstate, of course.  We have a show in Adelaide before hand, so we’d be losing our interstate virginity, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less excitement at all.  We’re also really looking forward to playing with another southern hardcore band; The Last Outlaw.  There’s a brotherhood within genre and influence there we haven’t had yet.

Why name your band “That’ll Be The Day”?

Clayton Nielsen: Well, as shit as it sounds, it has a just as a shit story behind it.  I’ll make it brief; me and my family, along with our former front man / best friend, were drinking and playing pool in my bar, listening to old records, before we knew it we where all drunk – this is a rare occasion, but always fun – we were listening to my mum’s old records, like best of the 50s, best of the 60s, the chipmunks and all that jazz, we chucked on the sound track for the old movie That’ll Be The Day and it was just rockin’!  We played some more pool and drank some more and in an awkward sideways hug like pose I said to our former vocalist, while pointing to the front cover, “Maannnn… band name?” and he’s like “fuck yeah.”  We took it to practice  the next day and everyone was keen, for some reason.

How long have you been a band and where do you see yourselves in the next year or two?

Clayton Nielsen: We’ve been a band since January 2010, so about a year and a half now.  We’ve come this far, where we’re at the point where we have all the gear, transport and support we need to do what we want and we’re making contacts like yourself, all over Australia.  We’re at the stage where people are confident enough to want to manage us because of how we conduct ourselves and I think we’re all easy going enough to talk to anyone in the industry.  It’s just a matter of making that connection, going out, playing shows and having fun.  That’s going to take us as far as we can get.  But, in saying that, anything can and will happen.

Musical (or non-musical) influences for the band?

Clayton Nielsen: The initial influence, non musically, although it’s within our range of genre, is Parkway Drive.  Their story and their attitude when on live and what they’re doing is amazing and inspirational.  We all have our own influences: musically I’m influenced by everything from Every Time I Die to Animals as Leaders to City and Colour.  I love straight out rock and technical death metal, but I’ll listen to anything that sounds good.  Like, I love Bliss and Eso, for instance.  Anything smart and powerful with a good message behind it will influence and inspire me to keep going.  But, it’s mainly live shows.  Watching bands like Bring Me the Horizon with all their energy and control of the whole room, or a band like In Trenches from Melbourne.  They tear up any venue they play.  Stage presence makes me want to make music.

What’s the scene like in Melbourne and surrounding areas?  What are some good venues you would recommend to catch a local band / artist?

Clayton Nielsen: The scene in Melbourne, like any part of Australia, is just fucking shit.  It’s appalling.  Of course there’s good shows, but nothing compared to what you see overseas with their local bands.  It’s the kids who keep us going.  AA shows are the bomb.  Kids moshing, shit constantly happening, everyone actually digging it, but, I don’t know over-18 people just seem to have filtered out that stage of their lives.  They’re all driving and doing their own thing and just being too busy.  But, in saying that, there are still awesome shows and a lot of good supporters out there, it could just do with a booster.  Good venues for local artists seem to be closing down lately.  Like the legendary Arthouse.  Sad to see it go.  As always, it’s good to see a band at DAL’s NEXT on Thursday nights.  The Ding Dong Lounge or Noise Bar, but, really it’s where a good band books a show.

The state of Australian hardcore? Over saturated or thriving?

Clayton Nielsen: I’m not actually deep enough within the hardcore scene to know.  I’ll go and support bands I know and like, but, by the looks of things, more and more hardcore bands with the old school hardcore sound are emerging and coming back in with their own little twist.  But, there’s too many genres and dickheads who care about genre rather than sound, feel and performance.  Everyone judges and has too big an ego to see that metal, hardcore, metalcore, new mosh, all that shit, is good if it’s good and it’s shit if it’s shit.  There’s no point putting up a wall before you even listen to a band because of the genre.  What are you scared it’s going to hurt your ears? i’d say thriving but people need to loosen up.

What bands would you love to tour with one day?

Clayton Nielsen: The Last Outlaw, all the local bands who we’ve become mates with and of course all those big influential bands; Everytime I Die, Norma Jean, Maylene and The Sons of Disaster, Parkway Drive… the list goes on.

What inspires you  to write?

Clayton Nielsen: Apart from the general love of music, the world, the state of the world, humanity and society in general, the frustration and anger brought out of me just by turning on the T.V. and seeing an ad, or a show like The Hills, for a couple of seconds, walking out into the street and seeing kids smoking, driving in traffic, and the ultimate hate for world leaders, corporations, the monitory system, materialism, animal cruelty, the laws and the hypocrisy surrounding our natural human rights and the systems in place to manipulate people instinctually.   Arrogance and ignorance… again, the list goes on.

Favourite bands?

Clayton Nielsen: My iTunes list is long and full of them, but I’d have to say Everytime I Die, Comeback Kid, Misery Signals and The Ghost Inside.

What is your advice for new bands starting out?

Clayton Nielsen: Don’t listen to us, as we are a new band starting out.  Nah, but, just get your shit together, you’ll know soon weather or not you’re ready to be in a band, make as many friends and contacts as you can, who can help you as you can help them, and as fun as it may seem, because unearth.  Do it and they’re amazing.  Don’t get drunk and play a show, unless deep down you know you’re as good as unearth.

For more on That’ll Be The Day, check out their Facebook page.  Stay tuned to mannequinrepublic.com.au or Mannequin Republic on Facebook and we will keep you updated on their upcoming tour through Brisbane as well as be reviewing their upcoming EP “What’s To Come?”

 
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