For those who have been interested in hearing an update on the future of Aussie pop punk icons Tonight Alive, new developments arose when we sat down for a chat with drummer Matty Best, who joined Wall of Sound to discuss his new role as Sleeping With Sirens’ full-time drummer – who he started working with back in 2019 following Tonight Alive‘s announcement of their hiatus from international touring.
Since then, the Aussie-turned-US musician has added his skills SWS lineup and produced the killer beats you hear on their new release Complete Collapse. Earlier this week, he joined guitarist Nick Martin for an in-depth with Ellie Robinson who pondered the question of how Matty would split his duties between both bands, should their indefinite hiatus come to an end in the near future…
Matty explained that while he’s not opposed to reuniting with his Tonight Alive bandmates, his focus is primarily on Sleeping With Sirens at the moment, and any future plans would have to revolve around their schedule:
“I’m with these guys, you know? To be completely transparent, Sirens threw me a lifeline when I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, musically. I was living in Nashville, doing some bar gigs and a couple of sessions here and there, and when I met up with the guys, it was just like the right time to do something like this. And from the very first tour that I did with Sirens, I’ve known that it’s the camp I want to be in. These guys are some of the nicest, most selfless guys I’ve ever met – and it makes such a difference when that’s your camp, you know? So I owe a lot to the guys, and I know that for me personally, this is where I’ll stay.”
Matty goes on to say that despite the physical distance between them (he’s in the US and TA are in Australia), there have been talks of a comeback, but it’s getting a bit harder to make himself available as his duties with SWS increase.
“There has been some talk of a couple of [Tonight Alive] reunion shows, but logistically, it’s getting a lot harder with everyone starting to move on with their lives. To answer diplomatically, I think if Tonight Alive ever did something, it would be when Sirens wasn’t.”
One of the wholesome moments from the interview arose when Nick Martin chimed in, explaining that the band had already addressed Matty’s situation early on, and even shared they’d be keen to watch their new drummer from the crowd amongst the fans, because they are too!
“We’ve told Matty from day one, anytime it’s ever come up, that if Tonight Alive ever do want to reform, that’d be cool. Like, ‘If you guys want to do some shows, go play some shows.’ Because we’re all big Tonight Alive fans ourselves – I’d go just to enjoy it from the crowd.”
Matty’s not the only Tonight Alive member busy at the moment with a musical side project. Frontwoman Jenna McDougall is trying her hand at the solo career she’s always wanted to test out with Hevenshe; a folk-pop outfit destined for bigger stages with her moody/majestic lyrical content and alluring on-stage persona – as fans witnessed at her debut gig back in June, following the release of her first solo single ‘No One Will Ever Love You‘.
We reckon let the band members have fun outside of the group they’ve been attached to since their teenage years. Let them sprout wings and try new things and we’ll see what the future holds for Tonight Alive when all bases are covered and the stars align for a big comeback celebration that’ll be well worth the wait…
Until then, Matty Best and Sleeping With Sirens will be playing Good Things Festival in December
Good Things Festival 2022
Friday 2 December – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday 3 December – Centennial Park, Sydney
Sunday 4 December – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
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