BACK IN SAD­DLE

Af­ter en­joy­ing com­mer­cial suc­cess with their de­but al­bum, The Get­away Plan broke up, only to re­turn re-en­er­gised with a new al­bum

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Re­turn­ing to tour­ing 18 months af­ter sur­viv­ing a breakup and band mem­ber de­par­tures, The Get­away Plan are the dark horses their al­bum ti­tle sug­gests.

Dark Horses is the group’s third al­bum, com­ing to us as an in­de­pen­dent re­lease born from both suf­fer­ing and op­ti­mism.

Lead vo­cal­ist Matthew Wright says the band are as sur­prised as any­one that they man­aged to re­lease it.

“For a long pe­riod it looked like it may not hap­pen,” he says. “But it got to No.10 on the ARIA Charts, which is huge con­sid­er­ing it’s an in­de­pen­dent re­lease.”

The Get­away Plan – cur­rently fea­tur­ing Clint Owen El­lis, Dan Maio, Mike Maio and Wright – formed in 2004 and en­joyed com­mer­cial suc­cess with their de­but al­bum Other Voices, Other Rooms.

But in 2009 they “came to a de­ci­sion that The Get­away Plan will no longer con­tinue to make mu­sic to­gether”, and promptly broke up af­ter one fi­nal na­tional tour.

The mem­bers em­barked on other mu­si­cal projects, but in late 2010 The Get­away Plan an­nounced they were of­fi­cially re­form­ing and head­ing to Canada to record their sec­ond al­bum Re­quiem, which was re­leased in Novem­ber 2011.

Wright is proud of where the band stands af­ter its trou­bles, and says the al­bum, a def­i­nite pro­gres­sion Re­quiem, is “a huge leap for­ward”.

“It’s the re­sult of so much,” he says.

“Ev­ery other record we did over­seas, where you get to dis­ap­pear off the planet and go into a bub­ble. This one be­ing in Mel­bourne, we couldn’t ... and lis­ten­ing through the al­bums back to back you would be able to tell that it feels nat­u­ral that with time off we sound a bit dif­fer­ent.”

Like many Aus­tralian bands in the last cou­ple of years, the al­bum was fi­nanced with crowd-fund­ing as­sis­tance.

And Wright could not think of any­where else he would rather be than on tour shar­ing the end re­sult with fans.

“We wanted to do a mas­sive tour to cover as much ground in Aus­tralia as pos­si­ble,” he says. “We’re stoked to be back on tour do­ing what we do.”

And af­ter the dra­mas in be­tween records, Wright is adamant that tor­rid pe­riod is be­hind the group.

“I don’t want to get ahead of my­self but I feel pretty in­vin­ci­ble right now,” he says.

“It would be pretty in­sane for us to do that (break up) again – it’s not go­ing to hap­pen. And we might just have to keep re­leas­ing stuff, I don’t want to wait too long.”

The Get­away Plan are en­joy­ing be­ing to­gether again and back on tour af­ter re­leas­ing new al­bum

Dark Horses.

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