Deepshade – Interview

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Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

D: We are a 3 piece Psychedelic/Grunge/Desert Rock band with hints of Stoner, Doom and Hard Rock. We like to see what our new listeners think!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

D: Myself (Tom, Bassist) and our Vocalist/Guitarist Dave have both known each other since School and have been in many bands together, such as Victorian Dad which we were both involved with before Deepshade. We later formed Deepshade as a trio in 2013 with a good friend Paul and we had some great moments so far during our Debut album and second studio album releases. After Paul left the band last year due to health reasons, the opportunity landed us in the hands of Adam Owens (Present drummer) to take over, which we were delighted with. We have known Adam from the Wigan music scene and have become friends over the years.

With an established following throughout England’s northern territories, cultivated by a flurry of explosive live shows, Deepshade were brought to a wider audience through airplay support from BBC Introducing and a plethora of alternative radio stations within the UK, Europe and USA.


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

D: Our Main influences with our songwriting and creativity comes from huge artists like Nirvana, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden plus many more. Bands that we all grew up listening to and used those inspirations to form a new blend of it all.

Non-musical influences would have to be Bill Hicks, poetry, art, mythical legends, the notion that there is more life than just on planet earth.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

D: The dream is the thing many of us pursue but not many of us are able to obtain within our life span. It’s the idea that all the time, sweat, tears and perseverance invested in becoming musicians will eventually come to fruition. That our status as a band will become undeniably wanted, needed and consumed by the big wide world enabling us to experience life in its multi-dimensional beauty. Our goals are to keep chipping away at the master plan to get there!!! We are eternal slaves to the filthiest riffs, beats, grooves, aural ethereality and musical wizardry known and conjured.


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

D: Ideas for songs sometimes come from all 3 of us at jam sessions or sometimes Dave our frontman will have the bulk of a song down and bring it to the table and we add our flex to them. The lyrics are Daves domain, he sometimes picks them out of nowhere or mulls them over a tinted glass of red whilst breaking down the world with all its highs/lows/beauty/sadness/fakeness/realness etc He talks about all aspects of life some pretty some not so pretty but that’s the reality. Our new EP gloaming was born out of frustration of existing in a world that as we all know has changed considerably {dare we say that nasty word? PANDEMIC!}. We hid ourselves away in a darkly lit practice room and carved away inch by inch at our frustrations with the bleak outlook around us. Utilising experimentation and freedom of expression based around the hook of an almighty riff. It certainly uplifted our spirits to become engulfed in the creative process of Gloaming.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

D: We mostly promote our music releases, live shows, merchandise and behind the scenes updates on all of our social media pages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When it comes to our hometown shows or our own tour, we invest into leaflets and newspaper ads and local press interviews. With promotional help from San PR during our new EP release, which is our first digital-only release.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

D: Downloading music online has become the most convenient split-second transaction to obtain art that has probably taken a much greater amount of time to create. It has its advantages and its disadvantages. On the positive side music is easy to obtain and as we are in a world where many people seem to stare at their phones instead of being present in the real-world, downloads certainly serve their purpose. The negative side to downloads is that the physical copy of an album has become less desirable to the masses. CDs are nearly becoming obsolete; record shops are depleting and our fingers don’t get to caress a tangible album of our favourite bands/artist as frequently. Vinyls and CDs not only give us the music but they tell us a story about the body of work that is made with a passion that the collector identifies with. Our world is becoming more and more digital and we have to say owning a physical record gives us an instant gratification whereas the intangible digital download doesn’t have that effect at all.


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

D: If we were to say none we could say “A bear doesn’t $h1t in the woods!”. There are so many great songs that we wished we had written. But to single out one song alone is hard to fathom. So, on that note let us just say there are too many to mention but that they all in some way blew our minds!!!


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

D: We were under the impression that the word peeve is related to a poltergeist created by the woman who wrote Harry Potter! You say Pets? Well, we have a big, fat outer Mongolian pig with massive gonads and we name him Deepsack! He comes to every gig with us and is our lucky charm.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

D: The moments that are going to happen and the moments that happen after those moments!!!


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

D: We constantly work on new music, Dave spends 5 minutes pinching a loaf on the Dunne and he has written a song. Follow the band and get involved in Deepshade’s shenanigans and it will be revealed. But if you have read down this far you will be aware we have a new EP Gloaming being released on all major digital platforms.


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

D: We have two studio albums; our debut album ‘Everything Popular Is Wrong’ and our ‘Soul Divider’ album, of course alongside our brand new EP ‘Gloaming’. All our music can be found on all major streaming and downloading platforms such as, Itunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Deezer, plus many more. Gloaming will be available on these services upon release, 13th May.


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