13 Questions

13 Questions with Children Collide

“My reaction is always to stuff my hopelessness into an aural time capsule.”

Children Collide are an Australian three piece who have been releasing records since 2005 and whose fourth album, Time Itself, was released in August via Spinning Top Records.

Lead single Man of the People mixes elements of grunge, heavy rock and a knack with a memorable hook. The song was finished in New York when Trump was still President. Frontman, Johnny Mackay, said of the track, “I was having a bit of a rock bottom moment personally and my whole world felt like cocaine, mezcal and pathetic desperation against the backdrop of a Murdochian dystopia where the bastards had won. My reaction is always to stuff my hopelessness into an aural time capsule.”

The new album was also recorded in New York and fans of intelligent, driven LOUD rock music would be well advised to check it out.

Sun 13 were so impressed by the power Children Collide are able to cram into their music that we thought we would find out what makes them tick. To this end, we asked them 13 questions. Read on to find out more about popcorn highs, misunderstood humour and the price of avocados.

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1. What are you doing and how is that working out?

“I am spending a lot of time in my apartment running internet speed tests and wondering why my neighbours fight at exactly the same time every day.”

2. How have you been coping with the lockdown situation?

“I have burdened those close to me with newfound and often misunderstood humour. This has eased any pressure I have felt. pay it forward.”

3. What do you miss most about pre-lockdown times?

“I miss people complaining about anything but lockdown. Remember when folks cared about the price of avocado?”

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4. Recommend one band or album that you think we should check out?

“There was a band from Sydney, Australia called Orion that were amazing for a bit. I have no idea if they still exist but oooof – good stuff.”

5. When did you last make yourself do something you didn’t want to?

“Any time I leave my bed/apartment.”

6. What’s your guilty listening pleasure?

“Tears For Fears
. I ain’t guilty either, they do hold a significant potential to kill the vibe should you pop it on in front of polite company though.”

Children Collide - Time Itself

7. Can you cook?

“Absolutely not. Who knew toast could taste so bad?”

8. Tell us a secret.

“I told my brothers I clocked the Legend Of Zelda – Ocarina Of Time, I never did. I maintain this lie at any family event.”

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9. What’s the best night out you’ve ever had?

“I once went with a group of pals to a movie cinema connected to a casino. I did not have enough dough to pay admission to whatever rubbish they were suggesting we collectively watch. Dropped my last 2 bucks into a fruity and made enough for admission and a particularly generous serving of popcorn within seconds. Have been chasing that high ever since.”

10. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

“Reading my last few answers.”

11. What is your favourite view?

“Someone struggling to pack their groceries at an Aldi supermarket after being checked out faster than they prepared themselves for.”

12. When did you last shout at the TV?

“I have a particularly stubborn mute button that chooses its interactions randomly and refuses to be corrected upon subtle request. You get it.”

13. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.  Is there anything else you’d like to say?

“Goodbye and thanks for The Beatles.”

Children Collide are:
Johnny Mackay (guitar, vocals).
Ryan Caesar (drums)
Chelsea Wheatley (bass)

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