With Front End Loader preparing to take part in Dashville – A Fresh Start concert series on January 2, vocalist/guitarist Davis Claymore sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to discuss the festival and the general feel of uncertainty that lingers over all things music, even as the year draws to a welcome close.
“I can tell you for sure that people wanted the best and they got the best,” he said confidently of their place on the Dashville line-up. “And then, unfortunately, someone pulled out and they needed someone to fill in at late notice and we have confirmed our status as the most acceptable back up in N.S.W”.
While Front End Loader being well known for their humorous take on life and music, Claymore does admit to having to face reality at times like these – albeit with a healthy dose of apathy.
“I am worried about that actually,” he measured when asked about the latest round of Covid related closures in the state. “Everything is a bit up in the air. I think in this state there might have been a little bit of complacency thinking that it was all behind us but it only takes one cluster to put everything into doubt again. As a band we’ll probably follow the health advice that’s handed out by the government’s health advisers – which I have no reason to doubt will be the best advice. It’s been a very strange year topped off by a very strange end of the year.”
In the full interview, Davis talks about what Front End Loader have been up to during lockdown, the early vision for the band and what he remembers of it, losing out in an early battle of the band’s competition in illustrious company with Frenzal Rhomb, Front End Loaders place in the modern music climate and more.