Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BOE: Back On Earth are a four piece band.
Adrien plays guitar, Clément sings and plays guitar, Gianni plays drums and Mehdi plays bass.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BOE: We formed the band in 2009, released 4 Eps, and a bunch of singles. We’ve been quiet between 2014 and 2019 because each member was working in different side projects but we got back together in 2019, remembering the good times we’ve had when we were all in Back On Earth. We missed playing alternative music together.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BOE: At the moment we’re more into pop music, we’re listening to bands such as Nightly, Lany and Roosevelt but we still enjoy listening to the latest rock albums like the latest Machine Gun Kelly, or Bring Me The Horizon. Clément has also a lot of interests in cinematography and sometimes it can influence him in writing melodies.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BOE: We’d love to have our music played everywhere, people identifying to the lyrics, and understanding the feelings we’re sharing through the melodies of our songs. A common dream of ours would be to play on the main stage of huge festivals such as Glastonbury or Reading/Leeds Festival. We dreamed of playing the Warped Tour, but now that it doesn’t exist anymore it might be difficult to achieve!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BOE: Clément is usually the one coming up with the musical ideas for a song, and he puts it into a demo and that’s when we all start working on drums, guitars bass and arrangements. Then Mehdi writes the lyrics following the vocal demo made by Clément. It’s mostly about the struggle of emotions, anxiety and a bit of love and then you’ll get a Back On Earth song!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BOE: We mostly do everything ourselves, reaching out to the medias, radios and everything, and recently we’ve been working with our friend and manager Sal to try to reach out more people. Playing shows is something that we won’t be able to do before quite a long time I guess, it’s such a bummer we miss playing on stage in front of people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BOE: If people discover us by downloading our music for free online it’s totally cool for us, the only thing that matters to us is that people enjoy listening to our music, it doesn’t matter how.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BOE: ‘When The Streets Have No Name’ by U2, the lyrics of this song are beautiful, Bono really has a way with words, and the guitar melodies with the reverb and delay are just perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BOE: The sound of mosquitos, this is the worst thing ever.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BOE: We had the chance to share the stage with bands we’ve been listening to for so long, like Motion City Soundtrack, Transit, The Wonder Years, The Almost, and we’re more grateful than proud.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BOE: We’re still getting everything ready for the release of our new EP ‘Brand New Day’ coming out this Friday, and the music video which is going out on November 27th. We’ve been also working on some new songs, and we can tell you it’s going to sound a bit more pop than usual. It’d be more like The 1975 and Lany.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BOE: Our entire catalogue is available online and you can buy everything on our bandcamp page and get 30% off on anything you want with the code ‘brandnewday’. We also have some merch available on our bigcartel!
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