“The break up wasn’t nasty, we just weren’t talking anymore,” THE GETAWAY PLAN’s frontman Matthew Wright recounts, proving silence isn’t always golden. The Melburnian alternative rock band experienced a meteoric rise to fame fresh out of school, with their debut single Where the City Meets The Sea climbing to #6 on the ARIA Aussie Singles Chart. “The touring schedule was too much for us, we were too young. We were afraid of burning out, so we decided to pull the pin,” Matt explains.
After a couple of years apart and experimenting with other bands, The Getaway Plan officially reformed last year. “We realised we were ready to take this on again, and do it right.” Matt’s re-entered the realm of back to back interviews, as The Getaway Plan enjoys a warm welcome back from fans and critics alike.
Before my inner alternative-pop-rock fan gets my hopes up for a lasting reunion offering more alternative anthems and future melodic vocal rollercoasters, I had to know why Matt figured they’d stick this time. “We’ve all matured so much,” he says. “We’ve readied ourselves for the lifestyle that we weren’t ready for before. The dynamics are so much better between us as a group. We’ve realised how lucky we were to have what we had.
“It was tiring and it’s really hard out there... I had to start looking after my own equipment. We didn’t have guitar techs or tour managers like we usually do with Getaway,” Matt says of his post break up reality check.
The band headed to Toronto to knuckle down and create the new album, Requiem, 12 hours a day, six days a week for three months, all the while living together. “Living with the guys was incredible, it helped us rekindle a friendship that we lost when we broke up,” Matt recounts. “People would think we’d get sick of each other,” he laughs, “but we couldn’t get enough, hey!”
The album is “a lot more real than our last record” says Matt. “Instead of searching for the best takes, we were searching for the most interesting and looking for energy and performance, rather than perfection,” he explains.
Their latest film clip for The Reckoning is intense. Inspired by a movie scene, it depicts the murder of a child by his peers. “We never set out for it to be offensive,” Matt says of recent publicity. “We were more just like ‘let’s just do what we fucking want and if something turns wild then let’s just let it slide this time around’.”
While The Getaway Plan have stuck to their successful formula of old, they have added depth by using a number of orchestral elements, with strings and wind instruments layering the tracks. Two choirs feature, adding to the emotion and effect of The Getaway Plan’s thematic, and often dramatic, songs. Their revamped, fleshed out sound is both expansive and captivating.