Children Collide’s Johnny Mackay: “We were using old, shitty, tiny Fender amps”

Children Collide
(Image credit: Press/Supplied)

Though nine years have passed between drinks, Children Collide sound just as punchy, fun, and authentic as they did in their early days. After making waves with their 2012 record, Monument, the band split off explored other avenues; for ringleader Johnny Mackay, that meant shipping himself off to States and starting out from scratch, playing dives to bar staff and opening back‑of‑the‑field festival stages all over again – this time with a new band called Fascinator.

Mackay loved the experience, but at a certain point in his overseas adventures, he realised the ideas piling up were more suited to Children Collide than anything else. So he reconvened with founding drummer Ryan Caesar, recruited new bassist Chelsea Wheatley, and got the wheels rolling once more. Less than a year after the band’s new form was galvanised, they minted what might just be their best record yet: the sharp and spry, scorching hot Time Itself.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…