Broken Lines – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BL: We feel we don’t really have a specific style and are difficult to pigeonhole. We play whatever floats our boat and have quite an eclectic mix of themes due our wide range of influences.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BL: Broken Lines was formed in 2014. We are a 3 piece band playing unique and original music from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Our emphasis is to create upbeat and energetic music with punk, rock, psychedelic and just about anything else that influences us! We play for the love and enjoyment of music and aim to portray that in our songs and performances. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow and serene, but always refreshing and uniquely our own. Strong beats and growling bass punctuated with searing guitar and a vocal performance to match! Delivering an experience that is intense, exciting and emotionally charged.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BL: Mark: Musically: The Stranglers, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, New Model Army, Bob Marley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Steve Harley.
We have all sorts of influences from all sorts of sources. Some of our songs are inspired by films (can you guess which ones?), some are inspired by what we see going on around us and in the world today. There’s plenty of stuff going on that has an impact on us day to day, so there’s no shortage of inspiration, be it good or bad!
Dave: Jimi Hendrix, Nick Cave, Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Bowie.
We are all interested in art of all forms. For me, human beings are creative, expressive and sensitive creatures and all these things combine together in the creative process. I just want to try and channel the feelings I have about life, observations I’ve had or just letting stuff out and expressing it through our music.
Jack: New York Dolls and The Pink Fairies.
No other influences that I’m aware of?!?!?!?!?
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BL: To be able to make enough money to support us making music as a full time profession.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BL: Generally; given that all three of us are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, we agreed on no formulas right from the outset of the band. If one of us has a song we bring it in and, if we all like the idea of it, we work on it together. Each of us brings a different set of skills to songwriting which kind of makes it easy. Whilst the song may have some definite structure at the start, we allow it to find its own way through experimentation and practice, until it eventually finds its ‘groove’. Being flexible with ideas and honest with our opinions is vital to succeeding.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BL: Jack is a graphic designer by trade which gives us a head start with visuals, so we tend to lean more towards social media and word of mouth. Dave runs our Instagram account very effectively and Mark has a history with online marketing, so we do ok. Also, we’re not opposed to a bit of fly posting from time to time 😉
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BL: Mark: Online streaming services are a great way to get your music out there but, at the end of the day, a lot of people still want something physical they can interact with. People like to browse through cover notes when they’re listening to music and many people also like a higher bit rate for listening to music in the best possi-ble way. As well as digital releases, we plan on producing CD’s and vinyl for our releases to cater for everyone’s taste.
Dave: We have a highly talented graphic designer in our band (Jack) so we love having some physical canvases for him to work his magic. I do think that digital streaming is a brilliant way to access music and to explore new avenues, especially with the ‘…you might like these…’ suggestions.
Fundamentally, we are all quite old school and like owning something physical. I also feel that society, in general, is getting too detached from the real world, everything is too much at ‘arm’s length’ and virtual and this is something that music most definitely should NOT be in my mind. Grab your CD or vinyl and immerse yourself!
Jack: Much easier!
PD:What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BL: Too many to mention really. There are so many great bands who have written so many great songs we wouldn’t know where to start!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BL: Soul-less guitar wankers who think the band revolves around their ability to regurgitate scale modes quickly! Dogs shitting on the beach!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BL: Meeting each other and forming Broken Lines! This band has everything we always wanted in a band!!!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BL: Recording our first album! We have deliberately avoided gigging for the last few months because of pre-production and we are now totally focussed on the recording and mixing process…exciting times!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BL: We have a number of local gigs coming up in July: 19th and 20th and a charity event on August 4th. After recording, we will be promoting the album with a series of gigs in the Autumn and Winter. With the album boxed off by then we can let our hair down and let rip on stage!
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