If you ever want to see an example of longevity in a band –look no further than Underoath! The Floridian rockers have been around since 1997 and have been heavyweights and waves makers ever since. Next year they’re one of the headlining bands at the Unify Gathering, and ahead of this, guitarist Tim McTague took the time to share his thoughts on headlining,touring and more!

First I asked Tim if the band were excited to come back to Australia, having not been back for nearly 2 years. “Yes! Super excited to be back in Australia. We love the country, people and shows.” He also said “Very excited to be playing Unify as well. We’ve never played that festival and it’s an honour.” On the topic of Unify, I then asked Tim how the band felt when they were asked to be one of the headliners next year. “We couldn’t believe it. We’ve always done well in Australia and the fans always show so much support.”Adding “Definitely excited to be headlining such a rad festival for sure.”

Next, I asked Tim how the preparation to play at a festival differed from playing smaller club shows. “It’s all about logistics for us. We have less time on stage, jet lag, open air sound. It’s a different beast.” Tim also went on to say “The crew we have has been with us all year doing these things so we always nail it, but it’s a completely different process.” Staying with the theme of Unify, I next asked Tim if there were any bands on the lineup they were excited to see. “There’s a LOT of great bands on the bill. We are out with The Plot In You and they’re great.We love Every Time I Die and Taking Back Sunday and basically grew up together touring.” Tim wasn’t done there and went on to say “Turnstile is super sick. Karnivool is rad and Hoss, their bass player was out tour manager/guide last time we were there (Australia) so we’re stoked to see them play.”

Next, I asked Tim how the preparation to play at a festival differed from playing smaller club shows. “It’s all about logistics for us. We have less time on stage, jet lag, open air sound. It’s a different beast.” Tim also went on to say “The crew we have has been with us all year doing these things so we always nail it, but it’s a completely different process.” Staying with the theme of Unify, I next asked Tim if there were any bands on the lineup they were excited to see. “There’s a LOT of great bands on the bill. We are outwith The Plot In You and they’re great. We love Every Time I Die and Taking Back Sunday and basically grew up together touring.” Tim wasn’t done there and went on to say “Turnstile is super sick. Karnivool is rad and Hoss, their bass player was our tour manager/guide last time we were there (Australia) so we’re stoked to see them play.”

For people that may not have seen Underoath before, I asked Tim what they could expect from a live show. “Everything we have, 100% all the time like all of our shows. We give it all and pay for it the next day and that’s exactly how we like it.” Speaking of the next day, I also asked if he and the rest of the guys were going to get a chance to relax while they were here, or if they’d be in and out. “In and out unfortunately! No rest for us fellas.” So make sure you catch their set at Unify because you never know when they’ll make it back out here!


Back in April Underoath released ‘Erase Me’their first album in eight years and the eighth in their discography and I asked Tim what the response to it had been so far. “It’s been interesting. I think a lot of people were taken off guard, but not in the sense that it was bad, but more the realisation that it wasn’t what they expected. Then the second layer is they didn’t know what to expect.” Not done with the layers, Tim also answered “Then the third was an appreciation and celebration of what‘Erase Me’ is. It’s a new chapter in a band that hasn’t written songs together in ten years, and it’s connecting with people for sure. The support and the honesty we have gotten has been exciting to see.” Next we covered Tim’s favourite tracks on the album, and why they were his favourites. “No Frame and Sink With You are my two favourites. I think they are both so unique yet authentic to our style. We play No Frame live right now and it’s my favourite song in the set.” Hoping for a spoiler or two, I asked Tim how many songs off ‘Erase Me’ were going to be on the setlist for Unify. “We aren’t sure, but definitely 4-6 I would think.”

Finally, I asked Tim if there was anything else he would like to say to the Australian fans. “Thanks so much for supporting us and still letting us live out our dream in such a large scale. Without you guys we couldn’t do anything. Love.” Underoath are headlining day two of Unify Festival on January 11th and it’s their only show while they’re here so make sure you catch it!

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Get your tickets to see Underoath at Unify in January HERE!