At their height, The Butterfly Effect were one of the hardest working bands in the country and for vocalist Clint Boge very little has changed.
In addition to reigniting The Butterfly Effect and fronting his other band Like Thieves, Clint has been busy carving his own mark as a solo artist.
In March, Clint hits the road for a solo tour that includes a performance at a McLaren Vale winery in South Australia for Rock The Vines. “It's always good getting out on tour,” Clint says.
“I've made lots of friends over the years in every place around Australia so it's more like a massive catch-up really, and I get to play some music on the side, which is great, and have a few beers with friends. I'm going to test out a couple of new songs that I've been mucking around with.”
After working in The Butterfly Effect and Like Thieves where songwriting has largely been a group effort, Clint was yearning to explore the craft on his own. “When you've got different writing dynamics in each band, there was still a part that I wasn't addressing - my own stuff, which is not folk but has an almost country-esque tinge to it,” he explains.
“A lot of people put it in contemporary categories, some people pigeonhole it as singer-songwriter; that's just the way that we do it so other people can wrap their heads around it. There was a part that wasn't being addressed and I thought I'd really like to do some solo material.
"I've got a recording coming up at the end of April, which is going to be a full band hit-out for me with some material. It will be nice to see the dynamic change and the difference with that.”
At Rock The Vines, Clint will be sharing the bill with some of the best tribute bands in Australia: These Days (Powderfinger), In Bloom (Nirvana), Fighting For Everlong (Foo Fighters), No Time For Games (Midnight Oil) and Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
No stranger to belting out a cover or two of his own and in the spirit of the day, Clint says he'll have a few handy when he plays Rock The Vines. “Oh yeah, for sure I'll throw in a few covers,” he says.
“My music taste varies; I play a few covers on the side when I'm not doing anything just to stay sharp in the biz and get out there and see people. I know the movie 'Rocketman' is coming out about Elton John, but that song always gets a reaction when I play it, it's a great song.”
Though Clint is out there burning up his fuse alone, he's also been working again with The Butterfly Effect after touring again last year and says the rest of the year holds plenty in-store for his solo work, The Butterfly Effect and Like Thieves. “We've been working on some new stuff for the 'Butters',” he reports.
“We've been in the rehearsal space at least once a week since the end of last year, so there's some new music coming from 'Butters'. I'm recording my solo EP, so that's two releases, and Like Thieves are working on an album as well so we might be able to sneak a single in by the end of the year.
“I don't know if I've bitten off more than I can chew or if I'm keeping myself occupied so that idle hands don't do the Devil's work,” he laughs.
Clint Boge Tour Dates
Fri 1 Mar - The Workers Club (Melbourne) Sat 2 Mar - Workers (Geelong) Fri 8 Mar - Transit Bar (Canberra) Sun 10 Mar - Crowbar (Sydney) Fri 15 Mar - Crowbar (Brisbane) Fri 22 Mar - Renmark Hotel (South Australia) Sat 23 Mar - Rock The Vines @ Lloyd Brothers Winery (McLaren Vale) Sun 24 Mar - Old Noarlunga Hotel (Old Mingoola, NSW)