Shitty Interview No.118

Today it is a pleasure to bring you Shitty Interview No.118 with CHILDREN COLLIDE to celebrate the recent release of their long-awaited fourth studio album ‘Time Itself’ and fuzzed-out new single Man of the People. Renowned for their epic & frenzied live performances, the Australian three-piece has also announced a national 13-date headline tour in November and December.

‘Man of the People’ erupts with all the hallmarks of CHILDREN COLLIDE – riffs that can set entire fields into a seismic bounce, churning basslines and walloping drums. “Originally titled ‘Dark Bird’ this was an instrumental I’d written just after Monument. I pulled it out, dusted it off and wrote lyrics in New York at the height of the Trump presidency. 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. I love how heavy Loren and Doug made it and the one-take solo gives me anxiety when I listen back,” muses frontman Johnny Mackay of the track.

Directed by Lord Fascinator and filmed by Nico White and Dave Meagher, the fierce official video for ‘Man of the People’ (see below) is part of a trilogy made in the absence of touring. “The closest any TV program ever got to transferring that true live band energy through the screen was Germany’s Beat Club which ran from ‘65-’72. I’ve done many deep dives on their YouTube Channel. Check out Sabbath, Can, Fanny, MC5, Canned Heat, there’s even one with NEU! & Kraftwerk jamming. Somehow the crude green screen and way it’s edited makes you feel something special, so I really wanted to go for that vibe with this video. The crash zooms referenced old Sonic Youth videos and I added in some funny old Star Wars wipes in the edit then stirred it all into a visual soup to hopefully give people a taste of that live energy in their screens.

Sticks & Stones: What’s the worst thing about your band?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): Ryan’s snoring.

Sticks & Stones: What was your first thought this morning?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): I’m hungry!

Sticks & Stones: What are you fucking with right now?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): The ‘Classic Bullet’ by Je Joue.

Sticks & Stones: What don’t you fuck with?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia.

Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
Children Collide (Chelsea ): Don’t listen to our new album.

Sticks & Stones: Have you seen a UFO?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): An ugly Ferrari owner? Yeah.

Sticks & Stones: Did you get good grades?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): I dropped out of school to play rock ‘n’ roll.

Sticks & Stones: Draw self-portraits.
Children Collide (Chelsea ): (Refer to illustration).

Sticks & Stones: What is your favourite cartoon?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): Spirited Away!

Sticks & Stones: Do you enjoy squeezing pimples?
Children Collide (Chelsea ): OFC.



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