INTRODUCING INTERVIEW: The Clause

Birmingham indie band, The Clause, have been selling out shows in their hometown and kicking up a storm online with their multi-era influenced music. It is clear there is a lot more to come from this young band.  

We talked to the boys about their biggest achievements so far, their views on b-town in 2018 and what’s next for the young band.

How did The Clause get together?

The Clause is an alternative group born in Birmingham, made up of school friends Pearce Macca (Vocals), Niall Fennell (Drummer) and Jonny Fyffe (Bassist) in 2015. In early 2016, The Clause was completed by Liam Deakin (Guitarist).

We describe ourselves as having a ’60’s swagger with an 80’s groove complimented by a 90’s attack, still incorporating the big sound of modern-day guitar music.’

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

We feel as though we have accomplished a lot in our relatively short time together (considering we have never had any help from a manager or label.) Selling out the Birmingham Institute 3 (a 300 capacity room) earlier this year was a big night for us.

Managing to get a support slot with both The Pigeon Detectives and Little Comets in our old stomping ground was a proud moment, too! It was our first time playing such a big venue, which reviewed really well.

How do you think and feel about the Birmingham music scene?

The Birmingham music scene at the moment is the best it has ever been. A lot of hype around underground music proved in regular sellouts and a crazy number of talented groups breaking through. We think it has helped us to an extent – but we think it is important to kind of do your own thing and not to wholly join a movement.  Although, it is great to see so many artists supporting each other.

How would you describe your sound?

Punchy, groovy, confident and diverse.

You are influenced by the likes of Courteeners, Kasabian and Catfish & the Bottlemen – what is it about their styles that inspire you?

When we first began they were really big names, especially in the DIY indie-rock scene. It proved to people that a few friends from ‘not the best’ of backgrounds can create something special. The big choruses and the proper guitar-driven sound was something that appealed to all of us.

As we have developed our sound has changed. Following new influences and musical discoveries from the 50’s right through to now. We think you can really hear those eras of rock ‘n’ roll music, particularly in our new material.

What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?

We want to be up there with the biggest bands in the country within the next 5 years. We are an ambitious group and we love what we do, but we are also here to make a mark and show people what we are about.

What is your recording process like at the moment?

We have worked with producer Alex VR, on the last three singles, who has turned more into a friend than a ‘colleague’ so we are very comfortable with our recording process. Although we are always experimenting, trying new ways of recording with new instruments and styles etc. The key to being a good diverse band is to never get comfortable or set in your ways in a studio environment.

Do you have any upcoming releases, gigs etc. that you are currently working on?

We have lots of exciting stuff happening at the moment, a lot of which we cannot really give away just yet! But, just expect a lot of out of town gigs, some new music and a lot of footage from the journeys in between.

Follow The Clause on Facebook to keep up to date with their “town gigs, new music and footage from the journeys in between”…

Harriet Willis
Freelance music writer and media graduate. Dreaming of an Instagram worthy house in CA.