In the Chair is a regular feature on Eventalaide, highlighting artists from across Australia and occasionally overseas. Everyone gets the same questions. It is just meant to be a bit of fun so please treat it as such.
Questions by Geoff Jenke
Bringing together five best mates hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the beating Edgecliff heart ultimately thrives on a love for songwriting, hard edge rock and the desire to create original music. With all band members currently completing apprenticeships in their respective trades, Edgecliff have creatively continued to turn heads via their upbeat and modern take on more vintage rock territory. Influenced by the likes of Powderfinger, Wolfmother and the Foo Fighters, Edgecliff have been hard at work in the studio and the jam room to ultimately deliver Running on Empty, which also marks the final single fans will hear before the release of the debut EP Uproar. And all signs are pointing to pure rock, as Will concludes “Rock’n’roll is our passion and we want to share that energy with as many people as we can!”.
Name: William Howell
was the first record you bought with your own money and where from?
Currents – Tame Impala from JB Hi-Fi
or 90’s Music:
90s, Grunge baby!
music are currently listening to?
70s rock for sure, a bit of southern rock, and a bit of Soul
Best live artist/band you’ve seen:
Tame Impala, not only was the music outstanding but the light show was insane.
“In the mood for love” song:
You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate. The name speaks for itself on that one.
favourite Saturday night party record?
A bit of Wolfmother or some RATM always gets me in the mood for a night out.
favourite Sunday morning chill out record?
New Kid in Town – The Eagles
song do you wish you had written?
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels. I would love to hear thousands of people signing that song back to me.
Daltry once said “Rock N Roll has no future”. Do you agree with him?
Rock and Roll has no future? Absolutely not! Rock and Roll IS the future and the energy lives within the people.
CD or Streaming?
I love to listen to a good vinyl, but in this age, streaming is just so easy and convenient. But I’ll definitely give a shout out to vinyl.
you could record or play live with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
Dave Grohl mate. Dave Grohl for sure.
is the most useless talent you have?
I don’t really have a useless talent but our drummer can recite lines from any movie he’s ever watched even if he’s only watched it once.
finest recorded moment?
Recording, ‘Broken’, one of the tracks off our upcoming EP. Hearing that mastered for the first time was unbelievable. It nudges at the softer side of me and was an awesome experience recording it.
is your musical hero and what one question would you ask them?
Ozzy Osbourne and I would ask him what is the key to immortality.
peacefully on your death bed, what song would you like to hear?
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin. Simply beautiful.
on a desert island for a year and can only take three albums. What would they
Currents – Tame Impala, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles, Back In Black – ACDC
all time movie:
Point Break, that movie is timeless. The original Point Break!
you drove an ice cream van, what music would you play?
Bob Marley on repeat to educate the youth.
show you have ever played in your career:
I’m stuck between supporting legends, You Am I at Avalon RSL or headlining the “Running on Empty Festival” out in Cobar, NSW
backstage incident that makes you laugh?
Basically, any conversation that happens backstage makes me laugh. With the beers and nerves combining some pretty manic conversions arise. Usually started by Jesse
Young or Paul McCartney?
Sir Paul McCartney
is the nicest person in Rock n Roll at the moment?
Dave Grohl for sure! (You can tell were huge fans of him)
do you hope the next 12 months holds for you?
Hopefully some more time in the studio along with some gigs all around Sydney. I’m also keen for our upcoming EP to reach some people and I can’t wait to see people’s reaction to it!
Get your motor running with the classic rock stylings of Sydney’s Edgecliff and their tune Running on Empty. Running On Empty is a raw and riveting peek into the band’s debut EP Uproar, out Friday December 2.
Channeling Aussie greats like AC/DC and The Angels, Running on Empty finds Edgecliff firing on all rock’n’roll cylinders, with the track boasting swaggering grooves, fiery guitars and raspy vocals dialed up to 11. A track that has been in the works for the band for a fair while now, Running on Empty may ultimately owe its sonic soul to classic rock, but it also itself evolved after Edgecliff were approached to write a song about the eponymous Running on Empty festival which took place in Cobar, also honouring the 1982 film of the same name. “We were asked to write a song to honour the Running on Empty festival, which took place in Cobar, a town that holds great history within the band,” shares keyboardist Nick Murace. “The festival took place in September for the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Australian film, Running on Empty. We were honoured to be given the opportunity to write this track and to play the festival!”. And of the track’s deliciously rowdy-yet-familiar flair, drummer Jacob Lock explains, “For this one we really wanted to go for an old school rock n’ roll belter to get the people dancin! It’s got that dirty rock groove that you can feel in your bones and reminds you of the old school Aussie rock we grew up on”.
Live Edgecliff goodness is on the cards, with the band locked and loaded to officially launch their new EP Uproar early in the new year on Saturday 7 January at Sydney’s Factory Theatre. As to what fans can expect at these upcoming shows, lead guitarist and vocalist Will Howell reveals, “Anyone that catches one of our shows can expect a loud and energetic performance. We strive to make live shows an experience for everyone. We want everyone to leave our shows craving more.”