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Borderline Toxic – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

BT: We are a heavy alt-rock band based in London

 

PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.

BT: So, the band was formed right in the thick of lockdown in Spring 2020. We figured if gigs weren’t happening and we were bored shitless, then we may as well have something to focus on and have something to emerge out the other side with.

Kerry Glass (singer/songwriter), from Scotland but based in London, was introduced to Norwegian Henrik Fossen (drummer/producer) by Sheffield-born Pete Ray Biggin. Pete and Henrik, both drummers and producers in their own right, go way back from working together on Pete’s album for his funk band PBUG.

Together we worked with each other remotely to write an EP within the space of a year, meeting up only once just before the second lockdown for a day in the studio.

Kerry & Pete, having spent the first part of 2021 in Bali, were able to bring together wicked Indonesian and Venezuelan musicians (Farley Hallatu on bass and Jordan Vegas on Guitar) to record our very first music video as an introduction to the band.

We dropped our debut music video, a rock cover of the RnB Classic “Let Me Blow Your Mind” by Eve and Gwen Stefani in August. This was shot in an abandoned theme park in Bali, Indonesia with Henrik shooting drums in an old church ruin in Norway. 

We have since introduced a new Guitarist to the band, Belgian born – and absolute force – Quentin Roelandt (aka The Q), who will be performing and writing with us going forward.

Whilst we started with the band in different parts of the globe, now that we have emerged from the fuckery of lockdown, the band will be primarily London based and made up of Kerry Glass (vocals), Henrik Fossen (Drums/Producer), Quentin Roelandt (Guitar) with Pete Ray Biggin continuing to be involved in the songwriting going forward. We are still on the hunt for the right badman bassman to complete the line-up.

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

BT: Our individual musical influences are:

Henrik – Animal Alpha, In This Moment, Korn

Quentin – Papa Roach, Audioslave, Devin Townsend

Kerry – Hole, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Kerry: music is obviously the biggest influencing factor but I am also influenced (maybe motivated is the word) to completely exhaust myself doing the opposite of the mundane to ensure I don’t die ever feeling bored. I’m not sure that’s normal, it’s definitely not healthy… but it’s sure as shit fun.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

BT: Generic answer pending but it’s true… to make music that we’re proud of with people we enjoy making it with… 

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

BT: We’re all involved in the writing process. We don’t necessarily have a specific agenda but all the songs we have written have been about shit that has actually happened. We want our music to be relatable and real you know? Mr Obsanity, that’s essentially an angry diss track about those in high places who exploit to push their own agendas. Which is quite a different theme to our unreleased song “24” which is loosely based on a time when you found yourself engaged on Ketamine…everyone has done that right? haha ok so maybe that’s not relatable but believe it or not… still a true story. But you get the gist, we’re pulling on real life events and making people dance to them.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

BT: So, as we are a brand new band just out of lockdown our strategy has been purely online. We don’t want to just put any old shit out. The quality has to be top, hence going all out on the production of our video for Let Me Blow Ya Mind. Now that we are piecing the band together in London we are able to start going out as a live piece in London. Need to get booking these gigs in.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

BT: This is a tricky one. Personally, I find it hard to get into a particular artist because there is just so much choice out there and so much swirling around. That said, it’s a wicked way to find other artists you might not have stumbled across.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

BT: Kerry: Talking Heads – Moon Rocks. It’s nothing like our music but what a tune! I challenge anyone in a shitty mood to just give this a bash.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

BT: Crocs. There’s really no need for them ugly ass shoes.

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

BT: We’ve written enough to release an EP but all of the songs we feel are really single-worthy so we’re thinking to drip them out as singles as we work toward a full album.

A big priority of ours is to find the right bass player to fit the permanent lineup and start ferociously gigging the scene!

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

BT: We have only released our Rock Cover of Let Me Blow Ya Mind right now (as an introduction to the scene). Our first original single Mr Obsanity is due out 17th October.

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