Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CM: We’re a three-piece band from the south of England who go by the name Catching Mangoes. We play an eclectic mix of musical genres but mostly go for 70’s influenced rock n roll with some psychedelia thrown in there to spice it up a bit. We’ve also recently collected another 2 members to help us out when playing our new tunes live.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CM: We formed in around 2016 and have been playing in some form ever since. Me (George) and Dan met at primary school and it was love at first sight. We started playing music together in our early teens and haven’t relented since. Max joined the mix in secondary school and the Mango Movement began.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CM: Our newest stuff is quite heavily influences by The Doors and like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard among many others (we have a Spotify playlist of our musical loves which I’ll link below). Outside of the music world I bloody love Liam Gallagher.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CM: To enjoy our youth and prosper in old age. Enjoy the music and keep writing and playing till people can’t stand listening to us any longer. Meet lovely people and play at great events. Can’t wait to get back to the live stuff, bring on 21st June. Long-term we’d love to get back in the studio and continue the concept album we’ve recently written (part 2).
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CM: All the best ones are a collective effort from the 3 of us. One of us usually brings an idea to the table and we make it into something more interesting as a collective effort, this way none of our songs get too samey and someone usually likes/dislikes something meaning we get the best possible outcome.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CM: We have all the social medias that exist give us a follow on them if you’d like a dive into our world. Will link them below too, we have a lovely bunch of fans and friends who help us promote ourselves as word of mouth is not dead yet. We have some shows coming up too:
-26th June @ Hop Yard, Forest Row
-17th July @ Underbelly, Hoxton London
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CM: Extremely convenient but a bit of a shame none of us make any money off it ay
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CM: Bat outta hell by Meatloaf because it’s an absolute anthem and never gets old.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CM: Covid? Not a massive fan of that
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CM: Honestly this new album we’ve just made. We all absolutely lost the plot after 10 days in the studio but we’re so proud of what we’ve managed to make and we got some great musicians involved in it which has really helped ramp it up a notch. If your willing to let your imagination run a little bit wild then we’re sure you’ll love it too.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CM: As I said we’ve just recorded a concept album in Brighton about a young lad named Kevin who is trying to escape his hometown and find the truth surrounding his long lost father. We’ve released 2 new tunes from this and a third is coming out this Friday 21st (on all streaming services). Then we’re gonna release the final one next month along with a music video we’ve just filmed (which is gonna be well fun). The full album including vinyl in probably August!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CM: All our actual music is free as a bird on Spotify/Apple Music et al., but we have some merch available at www.catchingmangoes.com/merch which would be super cool if you guys would buy as it all goes towards supporting our band related endeavours! We have pre-orders also available for the Vinyl if you’re keen as a bean…
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