Eye Of The Destroyer Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
Eye of the Destroyer is very heavy band from New Jersey.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
We have been around since 2013 and actively playing shows since 2015. In that time we have toured most of the US and released 3 eps, a demo and a full length. Our music is available through all digital distribution sites and we are distributed through Lost Apparitions Records world wide.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Its no secret this band is about partying and having a good time. When you see us live its a fucking party and we are influenced heavily by that energy. Musically we are influenced by bands like Irate, Suffocation, E town Concrete, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Black Sabbath and Pantera.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
Our dream as a band is to be able to make music full time without having to work for the man! We set goals for the band to achieve with each new year. Last year the main goal was to tour as much as possible and headline shows on the west coast. With a lot of hard work we were able to make that happen. With it being a new year we have just recently set our goals. We are going to be fully focused on supporting our current Ep “Starved and Hanging” and traveling to the isolation of the North Carolina mountains to record our new full length.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
We have two main writers in our band. The lyrics have varied from record to record. A lot of our songs are written about serial killers and fear. Its sort of an obsession. When I sit down and write lyrics its almost like a book report you used to do in school. I pick a killer or situation in time and obsess over it until I have as much info as I can get and then I write the lyrics.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
This band is a product of the old school so we spend a lot of time getting out to shows, handing out flyers and building connections through word of mouth. The way all the greats before us did. We have worked very hard building our social media following and promote heavily through those avenues as well, but we believe there is still nothing like getting a cd in the hands of a listener and handing out a ton of stickers and flyers.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
Music downloading has in a lot of ways empowered bands to get there music out to people they may not reach otherwise. For us it has helped our ability to tour and get people across the country or overseas to know about us. It has given the power back to bands in a lot of ways but it has also taken away the ability to gain major label interest or obtain a large budget from one.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
The record industry is wide open. There is a lot of “Record Labels” out there now because anyone can get music distributed digitally. Fortunately for us our genre has always been underground so we didn’t get into this with the idea of becoming mega star millionaires.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
For me personally and I am sure every member of the band would have their own but it would be South of Heaven. I mean that opening riff into the tom build is the type of heavy that is just un fucking deniable. It sets the tone for one of the most iconic records of all time!
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
I hate when a band that is not a headliner plays a really long set. Its obnoxious and annoying and usually causes a lot of people to go outside and enjoy a cigarette. It sucks for the other bands playing and its just not necessary. Put your best foot forward and play 5 or 6 killer songs and leave them wanting more.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
One of my more proud moments was playing a festival at the Hard Rock in Lake Tahoe. It was a huge fest in a fucking casino. They paid us generously to play and they gave us rooms in a fucking casino for free. FREE! It was surreal to drive across the US and not only have the opportunity to play but to be treated so graciously.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
I am currently getting ready to play a show as I type out this interview. The club we are playing tonight has go-go dancers and a satanic theme. Need I say more???? The main reason people should come check us out is because after you take in our live energy you will really understand what this band is all about. Lets fucking party!
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