English outfit The Treatment have toured with some of rock’s biggest names, and will soon be adding the mammoth Soundwave Festival to their extensive résumé. Loud got drummer Dhani Mansworth on the phone the day prior to them heading Down Under to find out more.
Q: So, you’re just about to get on a plane and head to Australia for the first time.
A: Yeah, we can’t wait. It’s our first time over in Australia, so we’re so looking forward to it. It’s definitely one of the places we wanted to go. It’s somewhere where we’ve never actually got to go. We’ve always wanted to go there; we’ve always felt like Australian fans really, really like what we’re doing. We’ve always had like a good response from Australia over the years, asking us to come over there. We just can’t wait to tour there; hopefully we’re going to get other chances to go back soon as well. Playing one of the biggest festivals in Australia, we’re not going to get a better opportunity than that. We’re just going to go out there and play the show we always do, and hopefully the Australian fans are going to be into what we’re doing.
Q: Aside from the festival you’re also doing a side show as well.
A: Yeah, we’re doing one at the Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane, which we can’t wait for. It’s a place we’ve always wanted to go as well. We’re all huge AC/DC fans, so it’s going to be unbelievable to actually go there and play a show. Our live show, we’re very much, we’re just a straight to the point kind of band. Our show is almost like an AC/DC meets the Ramones kind of show, it’s very stripped-down. Just five guys on the stage; there’s no gimmicks or any electronics or anything. It’s just us with our instruments, playing.
Q: Throughout The Treatment’s history you’ve opened for some of hard rock’s most popular bands. Do you try and take away something from every show you play on a tour of that magnitude, or each performance you watch from the headliners?
A: Definitely. We’re always looking to improve ourselves, improve our performance. Going on tour with bands like Kiss and Mötley Crüe is a massive eye-opener, to see how bands at that level work. When we went out on that tour they treated us so well. We got a soundcheck every night, they gave us catering; anything we needed, they were really helpful. I think that was due to the fact they’ve been in our position before when they were first starting out. So we come away from that tour learning so much, just through how to generally act when you’re a touring band. Their stage show was incredible as well, so I think we picked up a lot from that.
Q: It also reinforces those lessons in case you ever reach that level yourselves.
A: Yeah, definitely. Even now, whenever we do a headline tour we always try to make it… I think when you’re a support band it can be a really tough slot to be in. Especially when you’re in our position, where you’re in venues where there’s not enough space for two kits a lot of the time and stuff. We just try to be like helpful to everyone, because at the end of the day we’re all there to do the same thing, and we’re doing it for the same reasons.
Q: From a performance perspective though, what do you learn from watching Paul Stanley or Nikki Sixx every night?
A: I think with guys like Paul Stanley and stuff, it’s just that general kind of showmanship. They’re so, they’re almost like larger-than-life characters, and we try to almost interpret that a little bit into what we do. I’d definitely say that we’re more of an AC/DC kind of band than like Kiss, ‘cause we’re definitely not as theatrical. But just how they are with an audience, and how they can work a crowd we like, and we’ve been studying. I think we must have played like 30 shows with them, so seeing them that many times and seeing how consistent they were every night was just a massive eye-opener for us.
Q: So are you actually able to make a living from playing in the band these days?
A: We’re very much the kind of people that if we’re going to do something, we’re going to just literally dedicate our whole lives to it. In music now everything’s really tough at the moment, for every band due to downloads and stuff. But as long as we’ve got a label behind us that keeps us out on the road… If we were in it for the money, we wouldn’t be doing this.
Q: You’d be concentrating on writing pop or novelty hits instead.
A: Yeah, exactly. I think it’s hard for every band at the moment. The only way forward is just to keep out there and keep going, and eventually you will start to see some impact, or get some big break.
Q: At what point did you decide that you were going to dedicate yourselves to a band?
A: To be honest I think it was just something I was going to do anyway. Being that my dad was in music and stuff, it’s what I’ve grown up wanting to do. The second I left secondary school, I was like, ‘I’m just going to be in a band’. I never thought about doing anything else, or had any ambition to do anything else. We’re not reinventing the wheel by any means, but we’re just going out and playing the music we like doing.
Q: Who were some of your major musical influences at a young age?
A: I’d say like the first albums I listened to were stuff like (AC/DC’s) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Powerage, and I’m a big Judas Priest fan and stuff. All the classic bands; I think we’ve very much, you can pick out our influences by our music as well. We’re all big Kiss fans, big Mötley Crüe fans. All the classic bands, really.
Q: Any famous last words?
A: Just keep an eye out for what we’re doing, and just check out our records. Hopefully we’ll get to play more shows in Australia in future.
You can catch The Treatment at Soundwave:
SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY – BONYTHON PARK, ADELAIDE
SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY – MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY – OLYMPIC PARK, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 1 MARCH – BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE