Birmingham Band The Clause discuss the Birmingham Music Scene and Selling Out the O2 Academy | Interview

An In-Depth Interview with One of Birmingham’s Best Up and Coming Bands, The Clause

After their sensational gig at the Birmingham O2 a few weeks back, The Clause have put their name out their as one of the best up and coming UK acts. The bands sharp style and sweet music sticks in the minds of everyone who has a chance to see them.

We caught up with the guys after the show to discuss what made the show so special. Also what makes the Birmingham Music Scene unique, and their overall goals.

The band has been together for a while now, and have really found your sound. How did the band come around, childhood friends?

The band was founded originally by school friends Pearce Niall & Jonny. We’ve been jamming since the early years of secondary school on & off. Liam later joined after meeting Pearce at a Jaws gig in Birmingham, since then we’ve continued with this line up.

So you guys will be supporting The Blinders on Birmingham leg of their upcoming tour. That’s extremely exciting, how did that come about, and are you fans of The Blinders?

Yeah we’re looking forward to the show, we supported them last last year at the Sunflower Lounge. So it’s good to see them stepping up to a bigger venue after releasing a quality debut album. We got the slot through a promoter we’ve been closely working with in Birmingham. But after selling out the venue just a month ago as a headline act it will be strange to come back as a support, but we’re excited for it nonetheless.

You just played one of the biggest shows as a band back in February at the Birmingham o2. What was that like for you, as it was a sell out and felt like a really important show for you lot?

It was arguably the best night we’ve collectively had as a band. To come out and play in front of 500 of our own fans was unreal. After how hard we’ve worked it felt like we deserved it and that stage in front of that many people was where we belong. I think we’re actually the first unsigned act from Birmingham to sell out a venue that size since Jaws. So it was good to show people up and down the country what we’re made of after that whole tour sold out.

The o2 is a big room and venue where a lot of greats have played. Is there any particular venues you would love the chance to play?

We aim to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Glastonbury and big arenas is where we want to be.

Also you have a great setup with some really great music equipment, especially Pearce’s guitar. What equipment do you use to achieve your sound?

It’s all recently changed and we’ve invested a lot into the technical side of things to achieve our new sound. Shown particularly in our new catalogue of songs. I couldn’t quite put a finger on what exactly makes our sound, but it was a lot of hit and miss. Experimenting with different influences to create a strong and unique sound! It costs a lot financially for the equipment but it makes such a difference.

You guys have a real rock’n’roll sound, where do you take your musical influences from?

Our musical influences come from as far and wide as you can think of. We have been described as having a 60’s swagger, 80’s groove and 90’s attack. We try to incorporate everything from Rock n Roll to Disco which is much clearer in our new unreleased material.

However, saying you have a rock’n’roll sound that doesn’t ring true for your latest track ‘Where are you now?‘. It’s more of an acoustic ballad and really is a beautiful track. Where did the inspiration come from for the track, did you want it to sound completely different to what you’ve already done?

Hahaha it’s true, the song was written by Pearce and is particularly special to him. It’s about true events in his family which makes it special. We’ve had the song for a while. But it really came to life when we recorded it by adding in an orchestra and a piano part.

We recorded the song with producer Alex Vine who is a good friend of ours. Instead of recording all parts separately we played them live as a group with the orchestra, which created a good sound for the record. I don’t think it’s that we wanted it to sound different to our other material. It’s just that our previous material was all the same vibe, and we felt ready to deliver something else.

2019 is shaping up to be a really big year for The Clause, is there anything in particular that you want to achieve this year?

We want to keep developing and keep growing as a band, we want to be one of the biggest upcoming bands in the country by the end of the year.

With you being based in Birmingham, you’re part of a very vibrant and alive scene. Do you have any favourites in the area, and is their anyone you particularly tip for stardom?

There’s loads of class bands breaking through, you’re almost spoilt for choice as there’s  something for everyone. I think all of us are deemed for success in one way or another, so it’s hard to really pinpoint certain acts without leaving a few out.

It’s a really positive and close knit scene around Birmingham, with a lot of talented people in a number of areas. Do you think this is what makes it special, and who would you reference as key people within the scene as far as promoters, photographers and the like?

We think it certainly adds to it, and it’s class to be a band in Birmingham right now, with so many people wanting to know and coming to the shows etc. But we think it’s also important to be focusing on your own work a lot of the time.

The list is endless in regards to people who help the scene be what it is, Raw Sound TV play a massive part in giving bands publicity and a chance to broadcast there material to a wider audience. I really hope they get the credit they deserve, fantastic bunch of people. Tim Senna is another one who works hard to promote local music in the scene by running from gig to gig, recording and interviewing bands from all types of different genres. Luke Jones is also a great photographer, so easy to get along with and his work is unreal.

Finally being in a band can be quite difficult and expensive. But what is the one thing that makes it all worthwhile and what’s the end goal?

Being in a band has a stereotype of being really easy and laid back when in reality it’s really consuming in all aspects, but when you want it enough it shouldn’t bother you, so it doesn’t bother us at all. Having people dig what you’re doing, coming to the shows, buying the merch, singing the words back, and all that makes it completely worthwhile and we’re so grateful. The end goal is to be one of the biggest bands in the world.

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