Tonight will see The Getaway Plan kick off a massive national tour in support of their recently released third LP ‘Dark Horses‘.

The release landed at #10 on the ARIA Chart in the first week, marking the band’s highest chart debut ever (‘Other Voices, Other Rooms‘ debuted at #14, and ‘Requiem‘ at #17).

The tour begins in Newcastle tonight, Central Coast on Friday and Sutherland on Sunday. They’ll be in a place near you soon.

We caught up with Clint from the band ahead of the tour to answer our Hotseat questions this week. Check out the full run of dates below the interview.


Name : Clint Ellis
Band : The Getaway Plan
Job In Band : Lead Guitar
Website Address :
Hometown : Seaford.
Hometown is best known for : Smashed bus stop windows and amazing Thai food.
Best venue in your hometown : Seaford Community Centre (only venue).
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : I’ve only been to one, I think it was a hardcore show with Carpathian headlining.
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : We played there once with a band called Off By Heart, which was Chris from Closure in Moscow’s band at the time. I remember being surprised at how it actually wasn’t as cool as I thought it’d be. Although the 1 minute drive home was great.
How did the band first come to exist? The Getaway Plan was already a band and I joined shortly after they formed. I was working my first job at Bakers Delight and Matt sent me a text asking to join. I loved Matt’s songwriting so I was stoked! We rehearsed for a while, and later did our first show where we got signed.
How long has the band been going? Over 10 years now! We had about a 2 year break somewhere there, but it’s been a part of my entire adulthood.
Is there an interesting story behind the name? Not really. It’s a song title by a band called Funeral For a Friend.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… Our third album ‘Dark Horses’. This is our first full length released independently. A majority of the budget was obtained through crowd funding which saw us playing private acoustic shows in peoples living rooms to taking a fan on a day out on our drummers boat. It debuted in the top 10 ARIA chart, so we’re especially proud of it.
Got a personal stand out achievement of your band to date? I’d say creating and releasing our album ‘Dark Horses’. There was so much work involved over a 10 month period, at times it was relentless. But getting it out there and hearing praise from our fans made it all worth it.
What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it? Probably when I heard Metallica. It just seemed like the coolest thing to do, ever.
Any band, album, or song that you personally credit as a major influence? Biggest influence on my playing would have been when I heard Where the Streets Have No Name by U2. The guitar playing in that made me weak at the knees, seriously changed everything about the way I looked at the guitar.
Your first band name, and what style did you play? Jebuz. We were a ska band who started out covering Reel Big Fish and Less Then Jake. We had a small following, but I left after a couple of years to join another band.
Most prized music related item you own? I have a signed Blink 182 poster that my IT teacher at school got for me. It said “To Clint” and I couldn’t get over they had actually written MY name. It stays at my Mums now and I love going there and looking at it.
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? Writing and listening to music for film. I love the gaming industry, so if I’m not playing Playstation I listen to Podcasts and read articles.
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… Just being away from home. Not having to worry about the little things.
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… Being away from my cat Saspa. He hangs out so much when I’m home, I always get attached.
Any item you seem to always forget to take on tour? Capo for my guitar… always.
When on offer, what’s your one must have item on the rider? Jameson.
Got a favourite place you’ve toured… and why? Belgium. We’ve only played there once, but somehow we have a decent following. It was such an amazing show, definitely top 5!
Got a favourite venue you’ve played… and why? Brixton Academy in London. It’s absolutely stunning inside, and the photos of all the previous artists in the backstage hallways, is pretty much a rock legends gallery.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? Definitely a few tumbles and failed stage dives. Once I ran up a very steep fold back speaker, lost my balance and did a backwards somersault into the drum riser. Pretty cool guy.
Any pre-show rituals? Some stretches and a few swigs of Jameson. Good to go.
What do you find is the hardest aspect of touring in a band today? Balancing a normal life and tour life. Peoples lives continue while your away, and getting back into the swing of things once your home can be hard. Other than that, breaking even on tour.
Last song you listened to? Last Words by The Getaway Plan, haha.
Last album you picked up? Get To Heaven by Everything Everything.
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? Holy Holy. Loving it.
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Holy Holy. Definitely worth it!
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? We have the album tour that starts in September and pretty much takes us to the end of the year. So a whole bunch of shows to look forward to. We’ll probably start thinking about writing some new music after that.
You can pick any one album for your band to cover in full, what would it be and why? Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. Incredible guitar parts on that, and I love the jam sections.
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? I’d love to hear A Perfect Circle cover our latest album Dark Horses. Seeing what Billy Howerdel would do with the guitar parts would be interesting. Plus the lyrics are quite dark so it would make sense for Maynard to have a crack at the vocals.
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? Pink Floyd
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? Red Rocks in Colorado.
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? Slipknot. I would imagine the induction ceremony from maggot to full member would be huge, right?
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band. Gatherer and Holy Holy.
Got any final words? You can get our latest release ‘Dark Horses’ from record stores and iTunes. Our tour starts in September and is going everywhere! So look up The Getaway Plan on Facebook for details.

1. Landscapes 04:08
2. F(r)iend 04:11
3. Castles In The Air 04:49
4. Dark Horses 05:39
5. Last Words 04:34
6. Battleships 05:18
7. Dreamer/Parallels 08:43
8. The Means 05:38
9. Baby Bird/Effigy 07:45
10. Monuments 04:07
11. Exodus 07:39




With guests RED BEARD
3rd – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle [18+]
4th – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance [18+]
5th – Studio Six, Sutherland [18+]
10th – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong [18+]
11th – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney [18+]
12th – Transit Bar, Canberra [18+]
18th – The Gapview Hotel, Alice Springs [18+]
19th – Railway Club, Darwin [18+]
23rd – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville [18+]
24th – Magnums, Airline Beach [18+]
25th – Villa Noosa, Noosaville [18+]
26th – Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast [18+]
1st – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich [18+]
2nd – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane [18+]
3rd – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba [18+]
16th – 170 Russell, Melbourne [18+]
17th – Riverview Hotel, Tarwin Lower [18+]
29th – Werribee Plaza Hotel, Werribee [18+]
30th – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights [18+]
31st – Workers Club, Geelong [18+]
6th – Club 54, Launceston [18+]
7th – Republic Bar, Hobart [18+]
12th – Inferno, Traralgon [18+]
13th – Hallam Hotel, Hallam [18+]
14th – Commercial Hotel, South Morang [18+]
18th – Leisure Inn, Rockingham [18+]
19th – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury [18+]
20th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth [18+]
21st – Mojo’s, Fremantle [18+]
22nd – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough [18+]
27th – Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool [18+]
28th – Fowlers Live, Adelaide [Lic/AA]
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