Interview with The Final Clause of Tacitus
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music has always been a massive part of my life, it’s always had a special kind impact of impact on me and especially lyrics. When I was a child I learnt all the lyrics to Queens greatest hits album to perform to my family. 😂 very cool I know. It was then during college when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and I met some people who could play instruments etc and just started jamming, I wasn’t very good but I knew this is what I wanted to do and haven’t looked back since.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
If I’m not playing music I’m usually writing it or making beats etc on my computer and messing with sample’s. Outside of music I spend lot of time with friends, me and my wife travel a lot and walking our dog. I get inspiration from everything I do.
How long has your band been around?
Umm since 2016 which feels crazy cos we actually lost two years really due to covid.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Reading, Maidenhead and Milton Keynes. I don’t think they play much influence in our sound really but I guess they must do if that’s where we are all from haha
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Our original drummer, Luke and Tom started the band and Luke wanted a short and sweet name so of course Tom did the opposite. It’s all about eating too many tic tacs. 😂
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Played a show in Nottingham that when we got there, there was no stage and looked tiny and we were thinking this isn’t going to go well, and as soon we came on the place packed out and it went OFF! It was a crazy night! We love to play our home town venue of the purple turtle in Reading. I guess the goal would be to play download.
If you could play any show with any line-up, who would be on the ticket?
That’s a tough question. I mean if it is any line up then the list could be quite long so let’s say it’s a 5 band night then the big bands we would love to play with are Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Muse and Alkaline trio. The last one is purely my choice. 😝
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Don’t forget that you’re doing it because you love playing music. Some days you will be playing to 5 people after driving for hours and feel deflated. Get up on that stage and play like it was 5,000 people!
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don’t eat a massive curry before going on stage, you may shit yourself.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I can’t talk to you - I wrote this about the loss of my dad to cancer, I wanted to Immortalise my dad in my music so I found a clip of him talking on my wedding video and used it at the beginning of the track too.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
7 years has been requested a lot but we actually don’t play that live much anymore mainly due to over playing it and we have so many songs now that feel great to play live. We will come back to it. I’d say fav songs live out without resolve, 5 minutes of funk, a region of opacity and our cover of Jump around by house of pain.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
The songs usually start from an idea of mine which get passed through to Tom who creates into a full song then Andy and Jay lay their bits down, which evolves the track further. We through a lot of ideas around to each other and inspire songs that way. We are also a jam band and a fair few tracks have come from just messing around in studio.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Whatever people relate too for them is exactly what we want. People are going to feel things differently and that’s exactly what music should do.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Yes of course, we usually vote and if the vote is split then it goes my way or I’ll throw a hissy fit. Joke. Kind of.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Looking forward to getting the video to ‘For Crying out Loud’ out as a big track with some names on it, HACKTIVIST and Dropout kings are killing it right now and we are privileged to have worked with them both on this track! Keep in toiuch with us at www.facebook.com/tfcot