It’s a grey, dreary Friday afternoon in London, the two hands slowly making their way to beer o’clock (5pm in real talk). Over The Pond in Worcester, Massachusetts, however, it’s approaching midday... which is when we accidentally wake up a bleary-eyed frontman with our phone call. His name is Joel Birch and for the past decade he’s been a part of the Australian powerhouse The Amity Affliction. You might think 'powerhouse’ is a strong term for a band who only play to a few hundred people in the UK, but Down Under their past two albums have reached number one and they are routinely selling out arenas. Now, though, as he struggles to pull his mind out of sleep mode, he’s on the other side of the planet, but not necessarily out of his comfort zone.