CALAIS: We formed in the last few years of high school. We were already familiar with each other, having played in several different school bands together. The final planet aligned when Tim, our singer, arrived in our final year. Joe and Will were keen to enter into a local battle of the bands competition that was only three weeks away, so we hastily stitched together a band, went for it, and we’re still kicking today.
CALAIS: We’re kind of those people who have muted celebrations, so we’ll probably just share a hi-5 and a pat on the back between band members. We have an EP launch gig set for mid-April here in our hometown, Brisbane, which we’re just itching to play. We’ve had some really positive shows so far in 2015, so we’re looking forward to making this launch a big one, for both the crowd and ourselves.
CALAIS: Thanks! We’re stoked that you’ve highlighted the rhythmic goodness of the track. We’ve definitely aimed to make the sound of this EP one that’s packed full of catchy melodies and rhythms; something that we didn’t really focus on when we first started out as a band. This new focus on melodic and rhythmic hooks is the real inspiration for this EP and our sound in general. We wanted to make something that wasn’t purely technical; we wanted those who listen to this new EP to listen with their ears and their hearts, and not so much their heads.
Eo8: What does each member individually bring to the table/contribute to the band?
Eo8: What is one thing each member couldn’t live without?
CALAIS: Joe can’t live without a shower… He just likes being clean all the time. Guy can’t live without post-mix lemonade, Tim is all about hair wax and cucumbers (he sees it as an incredibly refreshing water-based cultivated plant), and Will couldn’t live without his mother’s chicken schnitzel. Liam just loves family and friends. 🙂
Eo8: How will you know your band is successful/how will you measure your success?
Eo8: What can we expect from your live performance?
Eo8: Is there a tour in the future? Has Calais ever played outside of Australia?
We can definitely see touring in the Calais crystal ball. We’re currently exploring the feasibility of an east coast tour towards the end of the year here in Australia. We’ve never played outside of the country, but we’re dead keen to explore other markets. With the ease of music accessibility through the internet, we’ve noticed that we’ve had quite a lot of attention from places like the US and Europe, so we want to get over to you guys and see what it’s like. We still really want to work on the local scene here in Australia though too, so we’ll just take it as it comes at this point.