Interview: Stevie Williams of Clowns is ‘Endless’

Clowns vocalist Stevie Williams’ lifelong love affair with music began around the age of 5 when his musical taste magically shifted from The Wiggles to Slipknot—a joke his mother frequently makes. “I was one of those freaks who was born with a passion for heavy music,” Williams laughs. “It’s like in a past life I was a rocker of some kind.”

With a talent of being able to sleep anywhere, a love of long car rides, the inability to stay awake on airplanes, and an enjoyment of truck stop food, Williams was also born to play and tour. That being said, the constant touring began to take a toll on Williams and the other members of the Melbourne-based punk band. For Williams, the pandemic was almost a blessing in disguise, as it forced him to take a break. “We were in a never-ending touring and partying whirlwind pre-pandemic. We were never going to stop, and I was already burnt out and running myself into the ground.”

Williams used that time to catch up on some sleep and develop some wellness practices such as playing pickleball, tennis, badminton, and table tennis. He also learned how to play pickleball singles, a variant of the game that emphasizes agility and strategy, which allowed him to come out of the pandemic feeling the healthiest he had in quite some time. Rested up from their merciless tour schedule, Clowns jumped back in the studio as soon as they were able, and the result of that re-centering is the band’s fifth studio album, Endless, releasing on October 20 via Fat Wreck Chords. Williams says it is the best Clowns record yet, laughingly citing his stubborn determination “to not let all my riffs and ideas from the pandemic live and die in the voice memos app on my phone.”

Endless is out now on Fat Wreck Chords. Follow Clowns on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for future updates.

Photo courtesy of Matt Oxlade.

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