Children Collide Arrive

CHILDREN COLLIDE are a band on the rise. If this isn’t obvious from the Melbourne alt-rock trio’s relentless touring and recording schedule, then perhaps there’s a clue in the fact their songs are on high rotation on both the Nine Network’s Friday night NRL coverage and the soundtrack for the EA Sports game FIFA 10. “The past 18 months have been a bit of a blur really,” drummer Ryan Caesar told Pulse. “And (they) have felt very surreal at times. This is the first reprieve we’ve all had in quite a while.” Not bad for three guys – Johnny Mackay, Heath Crawley and Caesar – who have been described by some in the music press as a simple ‘grunge revivalist’ act, thanks to their wailing vocals and arrangements awash in distorted guitar. Although Caesar noted the three were brought together by a love of the early grunge, powerhouse-band Sonic Youth –‘We worship them!’– it would be a mistake to dismiss them as mere copycats. Their new album, The Long Now, is a sophisticated, snarling debut full of swaggering guitar riffs and killer lyrics. The end result is a sound that is all their own. The album had uber-producer David Sardy, who has worked with such acts as Wolfmother, Jet and The Dandy Warhols. “The recording was an amazing experience,” Caesar said. “We did it in LA, in the Sunset Sounds recording studio, where they did all The Doors albums, as well as Elvis and a few Rolling Stones albums. “Then we stayed in this mansion in the Hollywood Hills – this amazing Californian-style bungalow. “It had such history to it … previously Janis Joplin had lived there, and Prince lived down the road from us!” Rock royalty aside, Caesar said they didn’t really go into the studio with any preconceived notions. “We basically went in with this batch of about 50 or 60 songs that we had written beforehand, so we worked on those for a bit and then we just jammed and came up with something half all right, and worked on that too,” he said. Clearly their hard work, touring and discipline are paying off, if festival slots and supporting shows with The Living End and The Hoodoo Gurus are anything to go by. But Children Collide aren’t content to rest on their laurels just yet. When their headline Australian tour finishes in Melbourne in January, the guys will head over to Europe for more shows. When asked what punters can expect when the band hits Coffs Harbour for the Open Arms Festival at the end of this month, Caesar was humorous in his reply. “Well, they can expect me probably frowning behind my drum kit, Johnny and Heath running into each other all over the place, some sweating, and quite a bit of swearing … and hopefully an awesome show!”

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