After jumping the gun a little early on their 10 year anniversary of their debut album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’, The Getaway Plan took a year break to re-group and decide what was next creatively. Itching to get back on the road, the Melbourne four piece have announced a massive headlining tour with hard rock favourites Dream On Dreamer. Promising a night of nostalgic rock, the band are currently piecing together what their setlist and live show will look like. But one thing is for certain, the band always know how to put on a captivating and engaging live show full of energy and a lot of crowd interaction.
I recently chatted to Lead Guitarist, Clint Ellis from The Getaway Plan about what to expect from their joint tour with Dream On Dreamer, the raw emotions surrounding making a comeback and what tattoo he would get to celebrate the bands career. Check out the chat HERE;
TB: Next month you guys will be hitting the road with Dream On Dreamer. So with no new music out as of yet, what can your fans expect from this live show? Will you be premiering any new music at all?
CE: We don’t have any new music, but we do have a B-side that we’ve grown fond of and might make the set. Dream on Dreamer have the heavy side covered so that gives a little room to try and mix things up and balance out the night. The setlist is still simmering though, so we’ll have to see what happens!
TB: With this tour being a co-headlining venture with Dream On Dreamer, have you guys planned or spoken about any possible joint onstage performances?
CE: Well Matthew did a guest vocal on one of Dream On Dreamer’s earlier records, so there’s a chance they could recreate that. We don’t have anything planned as of yet though, but we’ve collaborated before so I wouldn’t rule it out.
TB: Reflecting on your discography, The Getaway Plan has always shown a very vulnerable and honest emotional side with each release. So looking back, what would you say has been your most vulnerable moment as a band?
CE: I would say it was when we got back together. We didn’t know if we’d be welcomed back, and it was hard to admit that we’d made a mistake in our decision to split even though it felt like the right thing to do at the time. It was definitely the first time we had to confront our personal issues rather then focusing on the music because the fans and the media wanted answers. We managed to come out of it with only minor battle scars, but it will always be one of the tougher moments in my career as a musician.
TB: Your fans are super passionate and there are a couple who have tattoos of lyrics and artistic concepts. So if you were to get a tattoo of something to symbolise your journey in The Getaway Plan, what would you get?
CE: I’d go with the iceberg design from our album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’. It’s specific to that album but for me it represents the transition from being an underground screamo band to what The Getaway Plan is now. It broadened our fan base and we had opportunities that we never thought were possible. To this day I still see that design on shirts and social media and it’s a nice reminder of the impact we’ve had on some peoples lives.
TB: It’s been four years since you guys independently released your third studio album ‘Dark Horses’. So where are you at creatively with your fourth studio album at the moment? Has it taken form yet? or do you have an idea of how you want it to come together?
CE: I’d love to say yes to all of those questions, but the next album is still in the concept phase. We took a majority of last year off to work on other projects and have a think about what we wanted to do with the band. At the moment, we’re going to smash out the shows we have booked, then regroup and decide on a game plan for the next release. It’s been a while in-between releases, but that seems to be the natural flow of things for us.
TB: The last time you toured Australia was in 2017 when you played your debut album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ in it’s entirety, followed by a greatest hits set. So what did you find was the hardest thing and the most rewarding thing about that tour?
CE: The most rewarding thing about that tour was seeing the impact that ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ had on our fans lives. We heard countless stories of peoples first kiss, first concerts, road trips and how that album had been the soundtrack to their lives. Knowing that our music is still relevant 10 years on is an accomplishment I didn’t even think about, but it’s one of our greatest. As for the hardest, it would of been doing the two sets in one night. I like to give it all I’ve got, and find it hard to conserve energy on stage, but that was a learning curve I had to face.
TB: Looking back at your past touring experiences, what has been your strangest or weirdest moment on tour?
CE: Definitely being given a vial of blood from a fan! At the time I didn’t think much of it, but waking up the next day with a fierce hangover and the vial in my pocket, it was a sobering experience *laughs*.
TB: Now that you’ve done an ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ celebratory tour, would you consider doing a ‘Requiem’ tour in 2021 to celebrate it’s 10 years?
CE: It’s hard to tell at this point. That album didn’t have the same impact, but for us as well as our fans it is still a special album. I’d love to do it though, and I’m up for any excuse to hit the road and hang with our fans and have a chat about the music.
TB: Let’s play a little game of rapid fire questions where I am going to say a couple of sentences and you just say the first thing that comes to mind
TB: This morning I…
CE: Read Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’
TB: Pineapple on pizza is…
TB: Our pre-show pump up song is…
CE: ‘People=Shit’ by Slipknot
TB: The messiest member of The Getaway Plan on tour is…
CE: Mike because he loses everything!
The Getaway Plan & Dream On Dreamer Australian Tour
Fri 1 Feb – Uni Bar, Hobart
Thu 7 Feb – Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle
Fri 8 Feb – Manning Bar, Sydney
Sat 9 Feb – Valley Drive In, Brisbane
Friday 1 Mar – Stay Gold, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*
Sat 2 Mar – Stay Gold, Melbourne
Fri 8 Mar – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide
Sat 9 Mar – Amplifier Bar, Perth
Sun 10 Mar – The Newport, Fremantle
Thur 14 Mar – Que Bar, Wagga Wagga
Fri 15 Mar – Basement, Canberra
Sat 16 Mar – SS&A Club, Albury