Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
FP: I dunno really the genre thing is kind of convoluted, I guess really loud, sometimes grungy, sometimes psychedelic I guess.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
FP: Me and Lewis first met at school, both of us reached for the final sloppy joe in the cafeteria and as my palm brushed his wolf like knuckles, we knew this was the start of something generic. Joey was assigned to us as part of a top secret government experiment to give exceptional drummers to bands who are bound to riff. Arthur worked at Urban Outfitters on my street as a mannequin sculptor but was fired for giving them all massive dongs.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FP: Musically speaking I would say, John Mayer, Neil Young and Sting. Non Musically, John Travolta’s performance in Greece, under appreciated Slam Poets and Key and Peele.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
FP: To write music that’s beautiful, non of this get big and make it bullshit. We tried doing that pre-covid but it only served to prolong my disdain, just be calm and write beautiful music, this is a huge privilege after all.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
FP: Musically it’s a group process. Lyrically it comes from me (Ru), a lot of the old stuff was observational like my thoughts on TV, drug addiction, rape culture, but in hindsight i struggle to really relate to it now because it was so long ago and I can tell a lot of it was fuelled by self destructive coping mechanisms. With this new stuff we are putting out I’m trying to just be honest and write brutally about my experiences with drug addiction, losing father figures, sexual abuse and bullying, in a way that’s intended to give myself closure more than anything else.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
FP: Social media mostly, the occasional message in a bottle.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
FP: We are hypocritical I guess, we hate it from the artist’s stance and love it as consumers.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FP: Stars by Janis Ian, it’s just so timeless, the version of it by Nina Simone is so beautiful I love it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
FP: White bread and social media.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
FP: For me I’d probably say the first listen through our new EP, or playing my first gig sober.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
FP: Just working on writing as much new music as possible, everyone’s in a really fertile headspace at the moment so just trying to capitalise on that I think.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
FP: All over Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and stuff like that.
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