10 and a Half Questions

Take Ten with Belle Haven


Our boys Save The Clocktower are touring in September with some good friends of ours from Victoria, Belle Haven. The Human Condition Tour starts in exactly one week so we thought we’d get the lowdown from Mitch about what Belle Haven is all about!

1) Why the name guys?

We were reading though some murder mystery books looking for some cool words we could use as a band name because at the time our current name “Facing Fake Help” was just not cutting it anymore. We came across the murder of Martha Moxley, a 15yo girl who had been murdered the night before Halloween 1975 in her home community of Belle Haven (USA). All evidence pointed to one of the wealthiest families of the east coast, who managed to evade all punishment for 22 years till Michael Skakel was found guilty. It is well believed that the authorities knew who … more...

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Take Ten With Gathered Below


Short and to the point, our friends at Gathered Below give us some interesting answers about the fierce competition in the Brisbane music scene, their influences and what pushes them to write music.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

Gathered Below: Just getting our name out there, trying to get as many shows as possible and playing with heaps more bands.

Why name your band Gathered Below?

Gathered Below: It’s referring to the position of our testicles.  But, really we don’t know the reason behind the name.  It was just a suggestion and we all liked it so we stuck with it.  When we think about it, the name can have various meanings, it’s something different to all of us.

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

Gathered Below: We’ve been around about 9 … more...

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Take Ten with The Pit FM


Mannequin Republic decided to see what’s involved with starting up a radio station.  Who better to ask than The Pit FM from Perth, Western Australia?  The radio station is only a few weeks away from it’s massive launch and they have got support from right across Australia and overseas as well.  We asked Trev Mcdonnell from The PitFM to take ten.

What was the idea behind starting The Pit FM?

Trev Mcdonnell: Man, that is actually the question I get asked most.  A year ago I was working a job where I was allowed to listen to my mp3 player all day.  One day I had one of those, fuck it lets see what’s on the radio moments.  Basically, I couldn’t find anything I liked.  So, out of frustration I posted on Facebook “why isn’t there a radio station that plays punk, metal and hardcore?”  Someone commented back “Do … more...



Take Ten with Past Is Practice


Mannequin Republic took ten questions to Sydney hardcore band Past is Practice vocalist and lyricist Daniel Knight.  He gives us some insights on the band’s influences, the state of Aussie hardcore and some tips on how to survive starting out in the local music scene.  Plus heaps of other reasons you should come see them when they tour through Brisbane and the rest of Queensland this winter!

What are you looking forward to most about coming up to QLD in July?

Daniel Knight: The thing we are most excited about would have to be the idea of kids we don’t know coming out to our shows, and hopefully digging our sound and wanting to hear more of us. Also, [it’s] going to be a really good test of our ability to get along on the road, and see if we mesh as a band and mates on tour. Oh yeah, … more...


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 … more...