Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
JM. At this point I’m primarily focused on what we’re doing with the big doomy sounds of DayGlo Mourning. But my love for music began at a very early age playing folk/bluegrass music growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. In that music I learned a bit of banjo and the mandolin as well as how to fit in with vocal harmonies. By the time I was teen however I had discovered metal and the blues which have become my passion for music ever since.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JM. As I mentioned I grew up in the Appalachia of West Virginia. It was a coal mining town like so many others in that area. It was a very different time and way of life as you can imagine. I left there at 17 to join the US Marine Corps because I wanted to see the world and I knew they would make that happen. After I was discharged I had thought to go to Austin TX to pursue my dreams of being a musician. But just before that happened I met a lovely lady in Los Angeles and decided to start a family. A choice that I’ll never regret. Fast forward (really forward!) to about four years ago, I found myself watching a band just kill it on stage like so many other nights before. Only this time for some reason, the passion to get back up there became just as clear as anything I’ve ever needed to do in my entire life. Four years later, here we are.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JM. Musically as a child my influences were my extended family who would always bring their instruments to family gatherings. Anyone could join in, you just had to keep up. Eventually it became Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, BB King, Buddy Guy, Metallica, Slayer, Electric Wizard, Sleep, etc…We all know the list.
The only non-musical influence in my life I can give any relevance to is without a doubt my father. We had an extremely contentious relationship toward each other before I left home. Everything was justified with “he’s going to leave here someday and he better be ready”. But he was a young coal miner with no education and was preparing me for a harsh life that he would be living for the rest of his life each day that he went down into that mine shaft. Turns out it didn’t take long for me to realize what he meant because as soon as I stepped foot on Paris Island at 17, there was something obviously different between me and the other guys there facing the drill instructors. He had already turned me into a confident, hardened man in contrast to the other recruits that there were floundering in fear and indecision. For someone so uneducated about the world his lessons have lasted me a lifetime.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
JM. I couldn’t hope to be in a band with a better group of guys. It’s really a great feeling to be doing this with the friendship and comradery we have. My goal is just too keep doing all I can to ensure we are making music we like to play and enjoy the ride wherever it goes with my mates. For me personally, my bucket list dream is to take off one day and go sailing around the world until I decide to do something else.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JM. Up to now most of the writing has been done by me and generally involves themes of fantasy or something to do with the occult or religion. However, Jerimy wrote the title track for the album “Dead Star” and as soon as we heard it we all agreed this was the right choice for the single release. As far as the arrangements and musical direction go, we do this collectively but Ray in particular is a major influence in that area.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
JM. We’re honestly not great promotors but you can always find out what’s going on with us through the regular social media outlets, Facebook, Instagram, etc…That being said, the PR campaign that Black Doomba Records puts together for our album releases really makes a difference, and is very much appreciated. We actually have a video of the single “Dead Star” scheduled to be released next month that we’re very excited about. Kudo’s to Erik Bigelow of the band EMBR for shooting it for us under his videographer startup Orange Raven.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
JM. It’s a double edged sword I think. It’s a powerful way for people all over the world to have access to your music in a way that was unimaginable when I was young. Unfortunately it’s also been a primary reason artist have had such a difficult time in recent years to make a living. But clever people are figuring out ways to make it work and hopefully one day it won’t be as hard to do.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JM. Freedom of Speech by Body Count…So many things about this song that I love. From the groovy riffs and Foxy Lady hook, to the blistering and poignant lyrics delivered by the belligerent and brilliant Ice-T, this song does it all for me.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
JM. Slow and indecisive drivers, picky eaters, vocal sound checks that last more than 2 minutes, extreme patriotism, dirty dishes, social media profiles that are nothing but selfies, large grass lawns and religion.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
JM. It has to be the first time listening to the final mix of the new album. I sat there and reflected on the work my brothers and I have put in to produce something together, which for now, is the best of what we have to offer.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
JM. We have in fact already started thinking about the next album. Certainly more conceptual at the moment, but a few rough tracks have actually been recorded. As we get closer to the new release though and hopefully the reopening of live venues, we’ll start preparing for our live set because in the end, that’s why we do all of this.
PD. What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JM. All of our music, including the upcoming release in Feb 2021, will available through the Black Doomba Records and DayGlo Mourning bandcamp pages and can be streamed on Spotify or iTunes.