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
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