With the inaugural Knight & Day Festival at Kryal Castle in Ballarat just around the corner, HEAVY felt it appropriate to recognize some of this countries finest up and comers by asking them a few questions and tips.
To be held on December 30 and 31, Knight & Day features recognizable names such as Parkway Drive, Polaris, Thy Art Is Murder and Clowns, but how many of you REALLY know some of the other acts such as Diamond Construct, Future Static, Justice for The Damned, Trophy Eyes or Windwaker?
How about Paperweight, Terra, The Beautiful Monument, The Gloom In The Corner, Void Of Vision or To The Grave?
These guys are all the next generation of Australian music, and strongly believing that HEAVY decided to reach out with a few Q & A’s to see what they have to say about a number of interesting and a few more trivial, but important, things.
Today we speak with To The Grave.
HEAVY: You are officially part of history, playing at one of Australia’s newest festivals on the first line-up. That’s pretty cool, even if you never play again!
TTG: This might be one of the coolest live music events we’ve ever been a part of! Very exciting.
Knight & Day is held over December 30 and 31. Would you rather be playing or partying the New Year in on December 31?
I think we’d probably all call them one and the same, honestly! Getting to play a massive festival at New Year’s with all your friends in front of a huge crowd in a castle sounds like a party to us, but cracking some celebratory beverages and getting amongst it is also very enticing. Win – win.
Festivals generate a great party vibe anyway, but this one should be pretty special.
It’s certainly gonna be the place to be for New Years that’s for sure.
Which of the other bands on the line-up are you most looking forward to playing with?
Having headliners like Parkway and Thy Art are definitely a treat, but I think we’re all pretty keen to spend some time with our homies in Justice For The Damned and The Beautiful Monument. It’s been a sec since we’ve seen their faces.
Do bands actually pre-plan jokes on other bands, or are they more a product of opportunity?
I had no idea people were still doing pranks these days, truthfully. With so many things that can go wrong both on stage and off, pranks seem like a luxury gone by in the current state of live music and growing bands.
Just say you are performing on December 31 and your last song finishes at midnight. What song are you playing to welcome in the new year?
That’s a tough one. We’re playing all the big ones and all of them go really hard, but the breakdown from Wastage hitting right as the clock strikes midnight would be pretty mental!
Two day festivals aren’t easy work for the bands or punters. Firstly, what survival tips would you give the fans?
Water, water, water! Stay hydrated number one, very important! Keep an eye out for your mates, even if they’re not in the pit. And the age-old classic, if someone goes down, you pick ’em back up!
What about other bands and yourselves?
It’s a stressful thing playing shows this big, there’s a lot of pressure, many things need to go to plan. Keep calm and collected, remember that you’ve got this, and it’ll all be great! And make sure you’re staying as hydrated as the punters!
What plans does your band have heading into 2022?
With any luck, lots and lots of touring! Everything falling apart this year meant a lot of scheduling got pushed back to 2022 and next year is looking absolutely stacked with opportunities for crazy line-ups and show-starved kids, man. I think it’s gonna be a great way to kick things back into full swing, provided Omicron doesn’t have other ideas for us.