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Who is in your band?

Tim Tan ( vo­cals); Chad Lam­bert ( gui­tar); Chris Gar­diner ( bass,); Mike Searle ( drums).

What’s your story?

We’re a pop rock band who formed from var­i­ous mem­bers of many past Perth bands. Chad and Mike were in The Main At­trac­tion to­gether, and after its demise they de­cided to keep go­ing with a new out­fit called Calm Col­lected. Chris played bass in a band called Vice Versa/ ex- The Milk­shake Strat­egy and was soon called up on bass. Fi­nally after a search for a vo­cal­ist, they found high school stu­dent Tim Tan to sing for them. It was in March 2014 that Calm Col­lected were of­fi­cially a band.

When did you re­alise be­ing in a band was the best way to waste time?

I think we all re­alised this at quite an early age, just not to­gether. We’ve all been in plenty of bands prior to this one, with some span­ning from high school. I think it was from there that we fig­ured out – one way or another – that mak­ing mu­sic beat do­ing home­work.

Why should we check out your band?

Be­cause we’re a fun and brand new pop rock band who make mu­sic that can make you jump and dance. Our mu­sic is filled with catchy riffs and big cho­ruses that are paired with gui­tar driven in­stru­men­ta­tion that can be en­joyed by all kinds of pop- punk/ pop rock fans.

You’ll like us if you lis­ten to…

All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, The Sum­mer Set, We Are The In Crowd and Paramore.

When will you know you’ve made it?

I think the great­est in­di­ca­tion of mak­ing it is be­ing able to live off just the mu­sic and shows. We’re in this for the long haul and the only rea­son we’re here is be­cause we love it so much. So if the stars aligned and we were able to do this for a liv­ing, then I’ll be­lieve we’ve truly made it.

Who would you be stoked to share the stage with?

I think I speak for us all when I say Green Day and Blink- 182 would be a dream come true. I’d also per­son­ally love to col­lab­o­rate with Pa­trick Stump from Fall Out Boy and Bil­lie Joe from Green Day!

What’s your favourite place to play and why?

YMCA HQ in Leed­erville. It’s just the right venue for our mu­sic and what we wanna do. It’s all ages and lo­cated in a fairly cen­tral area. Some of our favourite and most in­cred­i­ble shows have been at that venue.

Why should we check out your new EP?

I feel that it has all the el­e­ments to en­ter­tain pop rock/ pop- punk lis­ten­ers. We feel like it’s a mas­sive step up from our old ma­te­rial and that we have re­ally brought some­thing great to the plate of the Aus­tralian scene. Give Me Your Worst is out now via Firestarter Dis­tri­bu­tion.

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