INTERVIEW: THE FINAL CLAUSE OF TACITUS

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! Thanks for having us. We have been good thank you, all things considered!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Something’s Gonna Break”?

The latest single was born out of the desperation and despair we have all been feeling this past year. No one would have ever seen this coming but what a shit-show of a year it’s been. This song is basically all those feelings wrapped up into one explosive song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s inspired by many events really, throughout my life but obviously the feeling of isolation and desperation that we have all endured this past year drove me to write it. It stems from being pushed so far, that eventually you decide to stop taking the shit anymore and you fight back. How much can you really take before you say enough is enough.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

We certainly do! We had to get a bit creative with the video due to lockdown and not being able to make it together as a band. This will be released 5th March.

The single comes off your new EP Asinine Music For The Solemn and Staid – what’s the story behind the title?

It basically means ‘Stupid music for serious people’. Me and Tom were throwing around ideas and I wanted to use the word Asinine somewhere and he came up with the rest. We liked the way it sounded! haha.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s the first time we have self produced and self recorded anything together so it was interesting, hard work at times but very rewarding. We all have home made studios in our homes so it was great to be able to come up with ideas and hooks and lyrics and send across to each other, so we could each add our own bit on. It meant the writing process was far more structured than anything we have done before. We’ve always been a jam band, we get into a room and jam together, which eventually turn into songs. Due to the cost of recording studios we always feel a bit rushed with time as well and this time we were able to really take our time to perfect it.

How has Korn and Skunk Anansie influenced your writing?

Skunk Anansie is one of Andy’s (bassist) fave bands ever and we grew up listening to Korn. I wouldn’t say they influenced our writing at all, but they were reasons we ever picked up instruments or wanted to actually be in a band.

What role does Reading play in your music?

Reading doesn’t have much of a music scene any more. There isn’t many venues around that are still going strong. We have the Face Bar, Purple turtle and Sub89 really but when there is a good show, the people from Reading know how to have a good time!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I get my inspiration from many things in my life. Just like I explained the feelings behind ‘Something’s Gonna Break’, which is an aggressive song about fighting back. This also transpires into our track ‘War Cry’ which is inspired by the many people i have come across in my life who are just fake. I wasted far too much time on them. Then you have songs like ‘I Can’t Talk To You’ which is written about me dealing with the grief of the loss of my father who died of cancer a couple years back. So, really anything that brings out emotions in me, I put pen to paper on.

What else is happening next in The Final Clause Of Tacitus’ world?

Lots of exciting things actually. We have the single ‘Something’s Gonna break and the video to release and then a second single later in the year around April time for ‘I Can’t Talk To You’ and the video for that, but we also did a song collaborating with none other than (Hed) P.E. Jahred from (Hed) P.E is a big inspiration from me to be doing this sort of music and we have supported them a couple times so to write a track with him was amazing and we will have a little music video for that later in the year as well as the song being officially released by his label out in America ‘Suburban Noize records’. So, very excited for all that.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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