Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
EOD: Hello! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. Personally, I’m the type of artist who enjoys the simple things music has to offer. That would include drinking beers with friends after a gig, enjoying the moments of the gig itself, and playing/composing music. Finally, the biggest compliment for me is when someone has one-or more- of our songs in his favorite playlist. Thus, he has listened to the song more than once. I feel that I complete my biggest goal in music every time this happens. My bandmates would probably agree for the most part.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
EOD: For sure! I’m Thanos, and I got nothing to do with the marvel universe! I’m the bassist of the band, and I play with the band since 2018. I started playing the bass at my age of 15.It started in a bench in our neighbourhood, when a friend(guitarist) was playing and singing there, in hopes that his crush (a neighbour) will notice him as she’s walking back from school. I was there for the emotional support. Well, he didn’t get the girl, but he introduced me to the world of playing music. Close enough! From that day on, I’m always trying to be involved with the local bands here and create music. This hobby has given me so many things to remember…for life!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
EOD: I’ll start with the musical ones. As a young teenager, I used to listen a ton of the likes of Nevermore, Testament, Paradise lost, Coroner, Death, and I can barely resist to name more. Now, as an old teenager, while i enjoy a bigger variety of bands, I can safely say that the forementioned bands will always have a place in my playlist. These are some of my basic influences that aged like wine. My non-musical influences are from the arts as well. I used to like all of Kevin Spacey’s works. It was a shock for me when I’ve read the news about his sexual assaults. On the contrary, George Carling will always be an influence I’m still proud of.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
EOD: My biggest dream would be to share the stage with some of my favourite musicians. The other one is happening already, and it’s the one I was telling you about before. Even if a single person is affected by our music to a point that he keeps the song/album on repeat, it means we’ve done something right. For me, that’s a dream come true. My goal is to play in front of a crowd again. We haven’t done this in a while. We had a scheduled recording after the covid restrictions, but now that we’re releasing it (online) , we can start making plans for some gigs again.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
EOD: The two guitarists are the main composers of the band. They come up with the compositions(guitar parts mostly) ,they home recording them so that we can study on them, and the rest we add our own touch in their ideas. The songs are usually referring to the dark aspects of the human condition. They are mostly focused on the mental side of things. I always liked this approach, as I find it to digging deeper than a more direct one that probably speaks about the outcomes of a bad mental state : war, homicide, suicide, to name a few.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
EOD: Currently, everything works via internet for us. We are active on social media, we have a page on Facebook, bandcamp, a channel on Youtube, and we promote our band from there. Also, There are Youtube channels and facebook groups that aim to promote music from bands like us, and they have a big community too. Right now, we’re working on the promotion of our new EP “Delirium Of Madness” and we’re uploading once a week. The first week we start with a teaser of one of our songs, and the next week we upload the full song. It will go like that until we upload all of the songs. Of course, having the honour to do interviews( like yours!) and promoting our songs via radio programs works wonders for us.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
EOD: I guess you’re talking about the illegal downloading. If so, i will say it’s a complex issue. It’s hard to imagine that –especially after how covid affected the music industry- bands are striving to survive after all this time with no tours, they lose an additional income because people download their music for free. It is a big issue for most of the professional bands. I’m not talking about million dollar bands like Metallica, but for the bands that have to always be on the road to secure a ‘good’ income. On the contrary, I believe that new or amateur bands can have a small benefit from this phenomenon . Their material will travel more places if it’s for free. Not everyone is willing to spend money to support a band he has never heard of before. I think this is the brutal truth. Having said, that It will be a short benefit only. If the band grows bigger and the musicians start trying to make a living from it, illegal downloading will surely hurt them on the long run.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
EOD: That’s an easy one. I wish I’d written ‘This godless endeavour’ by Nevermore. The exceptional talents of Jeff loomis and Warrel Dane were perfectly combined at this song and this record overall. I deeply admire how many layers he has added (Loomis) on his guitars on this one, and the structure of the song is a masterpiece. Warrel’s lyrics are on a different level anyway, it couldn’t be different in this song. I regard him as a poet too. If I were to only pick one song, that’d be it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
EOD: It grinds my gears when I meet arrogant people. People that take themselves too seriously. They think they should have special treatment, they see as peasant people coming from different social class, race, religion. I can’t stand divas. Also know with the name “ do you know who I am?”. No ,I don’t . I’ve met a top doctor that she’s staying in a low-income and politically left sided area, going to protests with her kids, and finding time to chill and practice judo, classical guitar, and she’s a super humble normal person. So, yeah. Who the F are you?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
EOD: It was my participation with my former band in a festival in Romania. We were supporting Draconian. It was the biggest crowd I’ve played for, and we had a very good performance as a band too. Let alone that most of the bandmates in that band are life long friends and we were traveling together. It was a great vacation trip with my friends in Romania, to perform in my biggest gig yet. What’s not to love?
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
EOD: Right now, we’re working to promote our new EP. This is the main focus. Once it’s all of it out for everyone to listen, we’re planning to start performing live again!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
EOD: Our next shows are probably going to be here in our hometown, Thessaloniki. After that, we’re planning to visit a few different cities in Greece. Finally, we’re working on performing internationally in a festival or two. Nothing’s official yet. Hopefully, it will happen in 2023. I could tell you a lot of reasons you should be here. One of them being the atmosphere that the band brings on the stage. The songs have a post-doom aroma, with elements from death metal. If you’re not happy in life, if you enjoy being miserable, I’d strongly suggest you come and find shelter in our music. I’d say it’s a more “lay back with a beer, and enjoy the atmosphere” rather than “ go on the front of the pit and headbang”. At least, that’s what I’d do if I were you. But mostly, I’d tell you to be here if you like meeting fellow metalheads. We’re simple folks who like meeting and drinking beers with other simple folks after the gig, and talk about our shared passion, music!