Andre Comeau – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AC: I’m a self-indulgent artist that makes music for myself. And right now, I want to make heavy rock music like I did when I was a kid.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AC: I sang in a band called Reigndance with guys I grew up with in and around Detroit MI. We moved to NYC/NJ in 1990. Shortly thereafter I was chosen to be a cast member of MTVs The Real World. My band was heavily featured and was afforded massive exposure. We toured constantly, recorded 3 albums and broke up in 1997. I then moved to Los Angeles and started writing and recording acoustic music but after a few more albums found my way back to my hard rock roots. I started the band ANDRE COMEAU in 2019 and we release our new EP in two weeks!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AC: My Mom was in a group with her seven brothers and sisters on Capital Records. They were on all the variety shows of the day, Ed Sullivan, David Frost, etc. My first personal musical influence was Elvis Presley and all my first records were his. When Elvis died KISS took over my record player!
As a guitar player I’m really into tone and feel. I recently became obsessed with Gary Moore, that guy was just incredible. Lately I can’t get enough 70s & early 80s hard rock and prototypical metal: Sabbath & Blizzard of Oz band, KISS, Humble Pie with Steve Marriott.
As a songwriter my influences are all over the map. Bob Dylan to Elliott Smith to older country and blues like Hank Williams and Willie Dixon. As for non-musical influences, I’ll say comedians George Carlin and Richard Pryor, both of whom I was lucky enough see perform.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AC: These seem to change as I get older. Now I would say contentedness is a goal, to feel comfortable and content. Happiness is in there somewhere but I truly found happiness in being a dad to my daughter.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AC: I write all my songs, all are written through personal experience even if I have to write in character, it’s still the thread that connects us to them. I find that’s how I connect with songs, hopefully others will connect to my songs through their own experiences.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AC: Any way to get the asses in the seats, right?
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AC: I’m fine with downloading music. I mean, it’s not the way I consumed music growing up. And unfortunately all of the ceremony, the ritual of reading the liner notes, getting to know the lyrics, scouring the thank you list, everything went away with it. But you have to roll with the changes or become a piece of the past.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AC: Wow, there are sooooo many songs I wish I had written. George Harrison’s entire double album All Things Must Pass comes to mind, it’s just such an achievement. He somehow managed to eclipse, if just for a moment, the greatest band that will ever be, The Beatles. I mean, it’s a stunning piece of work that is so much more than the sum of its’ parts.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
I get annoyed by everything, like when people misspeak a word they should know like “ex-scape” or “nuke-ular”. Bad manners, rudeness, chewing with your mouth open. Those are minor annoyances. Animal cruelty is an abomination and killing for sport makes my blood boil.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
I live it every day I write something new that I’m excited about.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
I’ve already started working on the full album follow up to the EP that we recorded. I’ve got about half finished and the other half taking shape.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Our next shows will be the EP/album release and the shows leading up to and surrounding the release. We are really excited about giving the audience a super fun time and to rock out. If that sounds like your idea of fun then you should join us!