Q&A Scene: Stephen Heard of Clap Clap Riot

Tell us about your new single

‘Help Me’ is the first single off our third album, which was produced, engineered and mixed by an extremely talented individual called Tom Healy. The track was built from the galloping guitar line that leads the verses into a colourful and almost polar opposite chorus. Lyrically, the song is about the burden of keeping up with the pace of modern life, exploring the feelings of isolation that can come from feeling helpless and the longing to be somewhere else.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

My favourite work is our currently unreleased track ‘Dull Life’. A large chuck of the song including the structure and melody were improvised in one take around a love affair with noodles. The lyrics were eventually changed to something more appropriate to suit the vibe and the instrumentation. The noodle version is still floating around somewhere.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Poutine: humble, gravy, crowd pleaser.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

We were in the middle of the Californian desert. It was edging close to 40 degrees and all we had to sustain ourselves for the night was a bunch of grapes and the spiciest chips known to man.

What, or who, inspires you?

Not one thing in particular. It can vary from weird sounds to the way a song is mixed, a song title or a simple narrative to work some lyrics around.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Bohemian Rhapsody

What’s next for you?

Our third album is loosely scheduled for the start of next year so everything at the moment is leading to that point. We also have some Bsides from the album that maybe be refreshed in a collaboration.

What’s your scene?

A community of nice people that are all creating things for the right reasons. We’re part of a makeshift rehearsal space that has pumped out some of the best music in the past year. Look up Tom Lark, Merk and Fazerdaze.



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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.