Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Ash – We’re a rock band, to put it simply. Combining elements of rock, prog, math. We love heavy technical riffs and belting vocals.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Ash – We started in 2018 under the name HANK before recently changing our name to Eat Your Own Head. Since 2018 we have released one studio EP and one live EP, played a good amount of gigs and had a lot of fun!
Ben: In 2018, we all happened to be in the right place at the right time. And boom, along came another 3 years of headaches and shouts of frustration. Highlights have been supporting St Pierre Snake Invasion and Cassels at The Exchange in Bristol, and supporting The Physics House Band and headlining Norwich Arts Centre and The Waterfront Venues.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Ash – Jimi Hendrix forever
Jord – I’d have said Hendrix if Ash hadn’t. Radiohead musically, probably. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s mercurial temperament, non-musically.
Ben: Personally I’m a soldier in Uncle Jams army, space cadet and loyal admirer of Dr Funkenstein Aka George Clinton. #One nation under a groove # Grooveallegiance. But this really has nought to do with Eat Your Own Heads music. In that regard, it’s all about modern UK artists such as Toska, The Physics House Band and Cleft.
Tom – Everything except ABBA.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Ash – My goal is to earn a living from performing and recording music. I dream of just doing a single again.
Ben: What Ash said – playing the music I love and living off it.
Tom – To make music for as long as possible.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Ash – Sometimes i’ll bring in a demo that’s got a lot of the structure and ideas sorted. Sometimes it may just be a riff that we jam as a band. We all contribute ideas in every song we create
Ben: It’s a mish mash in some respects. Ash has actually turned up with completed songs, with a structure mapped out and everything. Jord is excellent at coming up with strong heavy riffs (and horrible sounds) which have been the basis of some of our most recent creations. Me and Tom are more the kind of guys that contribute to developing the bits or expanding ideas and shaping the sections.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Ash – Social media is unfortunately something we can’t ignore as an artist so we do a lot on there. We do try and keep it old school as much as we can though with promotion. We like hitting the streets with gig flyers, speaking to people etc.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Ash – It’s obviously great if you’re actually getting the sales. There’s not much of that going on for us, because streaming makes it easy not too. We find fans buying merch to be a lot more popular and rewarding for us.
Ben: Downloading music is dead in the water. Streaming and live gigs (when gigs reappear) are the ways to make a living. Personally I think Spotify is great – yes artists should get a bigger cut – but Spotify helps us all out by giving us a wealth of music to expand ourselves as musicians. Love it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Ash – YMCA – Village People. Think of the royalties.
Ben – Dream Brother – Jeff Buckley. Love everything about this tune – beautiful vocals and lyrics. The syncopation on the verse drum groove which darts around the snare and toms is masterful. Most of all the song really does feel like a dream. I love songs that have that kind of magic. ‘DEAD IN THE SAND WITH OCEAN WAShING OOOOOVEEERRRRR’.
Jord – Climbing Up The Walls – Radiohead.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Ash – Shit bands
Ben: People named Boris.
Tom – Jord
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Ash – Right now man. We’re making our best stuff yet.
Ben: What Ash said.
Tom – Seeing the reaction to ‘Poltergeist’ so far has been pretty awesome. Plays all over the world and lots of praise for it!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Ash – We’re preparing to record our debut album in February 2021 (COVID permitting). So we’re just focusing hard on that right now.
Jord – We’re trying to use the time as best we can whilst we have no upcoming gigs. In lockdown, we’re having video calls as often as possible to talk about our music and what we’re trying to achieve, and obviously just writing as much as possible.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Ash – Our previous recordings are all online, on any streaming site but you should definitely just head to our website and buy something if you dig it – www.eatyourownhead.com.
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