Final coversation: The Butterfly Effect say goodbye to Clint Boge at Brothers
Jesse Kuch has one last chat to the original line-up of The Butterfly Effect before Clint Boge departs for new endeavours.
When vocalist Clint Boge announced he was leaving The Butterfly Effect at the start of the year, you could almost hear the collective sigh of disappointment from the Australian heavy rock fraternity.
The Brisbane-based four-piece have kept the same solid line-up for more than 10 years now and during that time, have firmly established themselves as one of the country’s premiere heavy-edged rock outfits and an inspiration to countless bands, both here in Oz and abroad.
timeOUT caught up with both Clint and guitarist/songwriter Kurt Goedhart recently to find out more about the split and the results are sure to be interesting for the band’s fans.
If you were to believe the PR when the band announced the news in February, Clint left on totally amicable terms to pursue other musical interests – something he says simply isn’t the case.
“To be honest, with that press release, it said I’d taken off to do other musical interests and that’s bollocks,” Clint says.
“I’ve been doing other musical interests for years, not much has changed there. It kinda annoyed me a bit, because that’s not the truth. The truth is that it decayed to a level where it began to turn into something quite dark, so I decided to get out while we were all still on good terms.”
That said, Clint says he’s missed the band and is looking forward to the last run of shows around the country, particularly as one of his favourite stomping grounds is here in Cairns.
“As much as there are negatives, there are lots of positives as well,” he says.
“Bittersweet is probably the best way to describe it. I’ve helped build it; we’ve all been there since the beginning and it’s been 12 years of hard yakka. We did easily over a thousand gigs in the 10 years we were out there and active.”
Kurt says he and the rest of the band are just “pumped” for one last big tour around Oz, which would not only see off fans in a proper way, but also provide a bit of closure for everyone involved as well.
“Everyone’s just pumped for one last tour,” he says.
“The fans get to see us one more time, we get to go around the country and have some fun and we also get a bit of closure on it ourselves. It’s always hard losing a singer and a great singer at that. But this is what you do, you do have to move on something else.”
He said The Butterfly Effect fans can rest easy that this definitely doesn’t mean the end of the band, with their future plans to be announced very soon.
“I think everything will be revealed within the next six months to a year,” he says.
“The three of us are pumped on making music, so hopefully we can find the right singer to take us to another level. We all love what we do and we’re pretty bloody certain that we’ve still got the goods left to give. I still don’t think we’ve released our best record.”
Kurt doesn’t think the sound of The Butterfly Effect will change too much, either.
He says that while Clint has been responsible for the lyrical and vocal work, the rest of the band has been driving the songwriting and this won’t change much with the addition of a new vocalist.
“We’ll just write more music,” he says.
“The remaining three members tend to move towards a style of music, the heavier groove kind of stuff. Whatever we do, it seems to be what we churn out.”
Clint also says he’s definitely got plenty to keep him occupied after the band finishes off the tour, from work on his own solo material and new band Thousand Needles In Red, as well as vocal coaching work.
“I’ve been doing vocal coaching clinics around the country and it’s really exciting to take that around Australia,” he says.
“I’m also working with Thousand Needles In Red and my own solo stuff. That’s just going out under my name. I’m very busy for the rest of it and I’m really looking forward to it all.”
Before all that, Clint says the main focus is ensuring the fans get the most from the Effected tour and he’s going to enjoy belting out TBE’s biggest hits for one last run of shows.
“Not to sound arrogant or stupid, but it’s going to be nice to say goodbye and send myself off in the proper way,” he says.
“I’m really going to enjoy playing the songs for one last time in Cairns, it’s gonna be great.”
>> The Butterfly Effect’s Effected Tour hits Brothers on Sunday night, from 7.30pm. Supports include Greenthief and Numbers Radio. Tickets are $39 presale from brotherscairns.com.au, or $47 on the door (if available).
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Last gig: Cling Boge (second from left) plays one last show with The Butterfly Effect in Cairns at Brothers this weekend.