Interview with

The Clause

When did you decide a music career was for you?

I think we’ve all known since a very young age after watching our heroes performing on stage and listening to their records. I don’t think any one of us can really remember ever wanting to do anything else.


Musical Inspirations?

Collectively as a band we all have very different influences and music tastes so it’s hard to pin point certain artists or influences. We’re trying to craft a new sort of sound which follows on from our latest Top 50 single “In My Element” and has been described by some as breaching into a new Disco-Rock genre. Our influences for this obviously come from the 70s and 80s disco decades through artists like Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Donna Summers and Nile Rogers. Predominantly take influences from Rock and Roll bands like the Rolling Stones and The Doors who are our main inspiration.


3 things about yourself that people may not know?

Liam and Pearce actually met at a JAWS show in 2015 at the Birmingham Institute.

We’re all extremely different people musically and personally, so we work really well together in a strange kind of way.

None of us have any musical people in our immediate family.


What song best describe you?

I (Pearce Macca) would have to say In My Element. The whole groove and feel of the track is pinpoint accurate to the sound we’re trying to craft and fits best with our combined musical tastes. Different reviews of the song have said that it’s a song which makes you want to get up, dance and have a good time which describes us best as people.


What’s been the best gig you’ve done to date and why?

 We’d say it would definitely have to be our Institute 2 show in February. It was amazing, we feel as though we were always not somebody’s first thought in Birmingham, so when it Sold Out off our own back it was like we knew we had to be taken seriously, it was a real statement gig...we had a point to prove.

 

 

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

It sounds really cliché  but I think Glastonbury is our goal, we wanna be the biggest band about so I feel like that’s our main goal.


What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?

Selling out our debut UK tour with no manager, label, agents, prior festival or support slots. It was self promoted, nobody gave us a leg up. For a Birmingham band to sell out even in Glasgow is unheard of really, we want to continue doing what we do and make the tours and songs bigger, we owe it to the people that support us and ourselves.


Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

There’s been so many...some we can share and definitely some we can’t haha. We played a festival last year (the only one we got offered) and everything that could go wrong, did. It was thundering and lightning and the phrase ‘a man and his dog’ literally happened, the crowd was the sound man and a chap with his Yorkshire terroir.


What do you like best about being a musician and why?

The fact It’s an outlet, it allows you to be creative and really let things out without being obvious if that makes sense. We always say when we look back on it a lot of our general friends and memories have come from doing what we do.


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

Writing compulsively, we love being together and being creative. Because we’ve had to work for so long to put all we can into the band, the idea of not having to do that is really strange.



What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

If you asked all of us you’d get a different answer every time. We all went to the Kasabian King Power show in 2016 and it blew us away. Recently Noel Gallagher at Isle Of Wight was amazing, because we played and got to stay and watch all these bands was special for us cause we never had anything like that before, we never take it for granted. 


What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

Hmm, we’d say for the 3 headliners it’d be The Rolling Stones, The Doors & Chic. Collectively they’re our biggest influence id say, and there’s just no denying how good and important they all are. Its as though you don’t get characters like Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison in music anymore.



What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It’s a weird one for us, we’ve had to kind of trial and error up until now, nobody’s every gave us a major leg up or put us on the straight road. Someone said once don’t ever dismiss different genres of music, and now we find ourself being influenced by everything. I feel as though you can hear that in In My Element? We feel so anyway.


What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

The general highs of being in a band are what we live for, the good gigs & being in the studio are when we’re happiest. The main thing that annoys us about it is how blatantly money oriented a large majority of the industry are, they don’t care unless you’re marketable and doing well which is such a shame, we’ve seen so many bands with strong songs but lacking in other areas and they don’t get a second look.


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Really hard question haha, as 90% of our life is music. We’re big on clothes and getting together to have a drink in our spare time, but to be honest, we don’t get much of it and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

We think it’s good that every band can put their content and their whole brand if you like out there, but the problem is there’s thousands doing exactly the same. So what do you do to make yourself stand out? We think it’s obvious that there’s not much money in streaming, so it is a shame to see artists not get the money for all their work. But it’s just the way it is.


How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

It’s majorly important, cause it’s what makes you stand out. It’s what makes you marketable and profitable. People high up will see, the songs are good but would they look good on a poster? In a strange way, recently we feel as though there’s too much interest in a groups look, how strong the songs are will always be themost important.


Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?

Only Liam has one, it’s the Rolling Stones tongue on his arm. We wish we could tell you a really cool story behind it haha, but he just loves the band.


If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

Hmm, on quite a serious note we’d love to sort the homeless problem out. In Birmingham it’s never been so bad and it’s such a shame. We’d make the NHS fully funded again and give the unsung heroes behind it the pay they deserve and need.


What would your ideal day consist of?

Our ideal day is in the studio when we do a residency, we record at Vada studios and there’s no place like it. Being together and writing in the middle of nowhere is such a different vibe that we’re not used to. You’re not worried about returning to your Job at Costa or being late for the bus.


Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?

Jonny has a thing called Dyspraxia, he’s the clumsiest guy in the world.

Niall is a grade 8 in 3 instruments, a real musical talent and ear for it.

Pearce is a Top of the Pops fanatic, a love for 70’s / 80’s / 90’s groups and popular music.

Liam isn’t actually musically trained at all and doesn’t class himself as a good musician, but loves doing the marketing & presence online behind the group. 


Can you tell us about any new releases gigs or anything else coming up in the future?

We actually can’t say too much at the moment, but if you thought we were busy over Summer, we’re just warming up for some major stuff over the winter.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

It is cliche but definitely thank you, it blows our minds that people have stuck with us for so long and it’s like a family constantly growing. I’d say stick with us, we’ve got some amazing news and activity coming soon. 


How would you answer the question Who are The Clause ?

Birmingham’s Finest.


What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

When we were growing up and old enough to understand and enjoy music, Arctic Monkeys dropped their first album. Although we’ve drifted from that sound now, for a lot of the band that was what we first brought. We feel that’s the same for a lot of people our age for sure. It was amazing to see these working class lads from a council estate in Adidas Hoodies just doing it...it was inspiring.


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Do it, you’ll have highs and you’ll have lows but we couldn’t recommend it highly enough. 


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

We think we’d write a good tune with The Doors,  because Morrison was a pure poet, the first band to do psychedelia, real pioneers.


If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

Lately by Stevie Wonder, the most beautiful song to exist.


If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

We ain’t the most academic haha, definitely more pictures than words. Can’t go wrong can ya?


What has the rest of the year go in store for you?

A lot, we can’t say too much but we’re not taking our foot off the pedal once