Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Andrew: I like to think that we bring the sound of old school Thrash Metal, with a blend of more modern metal genres. We like to play around with our sound a bit to make something that you can really bang your head to.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Andrew: We are from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We met and started playing music together around 2014, and haven’t looked back since!
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Andrew: We take a lot of influence from some of the greats of metal like Megadeth, Testament, Lamb of God, and Powertrip. With this album especially we got very political, and very loud about injustice. It may not be everyone’s favorite lyrical content, but it’s something we felt we had to do with todays climate.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Andrew: Every musician eventually wants to play festivals like Wacken Open Air, and that would be sick! More than anything though, we want to connect with people. We want people to hear us, check us out, and love what we do. We have already received so much support, and we couldn’t be more grateful!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Andrew: My proudest moment happened in 2016, when we had the honor of opening for Fleshgod Apocalypse in Baltimore, MD. They are an incredible group, and that show was just a blast!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Andrew: My approach to promoting these days has been a simple “You can only do what you can do.” The best mindset that you can have is don’t get discouraged, you just have to keep pushing and stay determined!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Andrew: Up until this point, all of our booking and promoting has been DIY. We have recently started working with other promotion companies, but we have not really started looking towards new tour or show booking until everything in the world calms down a bit more.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Andrew: I think it’s a great tool for promotion! Streaming has given us more access to music than ever before in history, and the people who are still mad about it honestly need to move on. It’s not going anywhere, so we have to embrace it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Andrew: I feel like this is kind of a weird question. I mean sure, I would have loved to be the one to write Symphony of Destruction, or Master of Puppets, but I also feel like the only people who could have written them, or any song really, are the artists that did.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Andrew: The biggest thing that bugs me about the industry is the constant competition between artists. We are all here for the same reason, and to do the same things. We should all be out here hyping each other up instead of trying to get a leg up.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Andrew: We are releasing our new full-length album “Radical Absolution” on May 14th! This release has been a lot of work, and a ton of fun to work on. We hope that our fans enjoy it as much as we do!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Andrew: You can follow us on any of our socials for updates, as well as our Bandcamp and our website!
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