GRAMMS – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

G: Escape/piss and in my spare time musician


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

G: Paul’s a founding member of Federal Charm and I (Sam) have been knocking about on the scene for a while in various guises (My Albatross, Glass Tides, Invisible Giant). We’ve been wanting to work together for years and lock down finally gave us the time to send some demos back and forth. It gave us an opportunity to work out the Venn diagram of our two distinctive styles.


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

G: Love Jeff Buckley! I even named my dog after him (Jeff Barkley). It was the first music I heard that really made me want to do it. Grace is a near perfect album in my humble. There are many others, musically, but non-musical, I remember growing up my folks got a stained glass kit and designed a window for our front door. It was a frog in a stork’s mouth and the frog had its hands around the stork’s neck. The legend underneath read ‘never ever give up’.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

G: I’m a simple man with simple appetites. I don’t want fame or power. All I want is to be extremely rich. A gong or two would be nice as well.


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

G: We write them together. On “Shut Up a Second” I took point on melody and lyrics and Paul took care of the instrumentation, but we’re not precious about it, which can often be the case in bands.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

G: It’s weird; it used to be you’d use your gigs to promote your releases, but now it’s the other way around. That’s what we’re doing anyway. We plan to release a couple more tracks over the coming months and culminate the year with a couple of massive shows.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

G: It is what it is.


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

G: Oh, there are a tonne. I like a well crafted lyrical conceit and Dolly Parton is fantastic at that. Absolutely love the second verse of the Joker. “You’re the cutest thing I ever did see, I really love your peaches I wanna shake your tree.” Might be the best lyrics ever committed to wax.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

G: “Cool” people piss me off quite a lot, seems like such a dull existence, and people going on regarding things about which they know very little. It’s pretty much the theme of ‘Shut Up a Second’. Not to say I’m not prone to coolness and windbaggery myself.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

G: The response to this single has been a real source of pride. We have a great time making this music and I’m just really happy that’s coming across.


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

G: The music video to Shut Up a Second is in the works and should be ready for release in the next couple of weeks. We also have our next single coming out this summer and we’ll be winding up the war machine ready to take on some live shows before the end of the year.


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

G: Our debut single ‘Shut Up a Second’ is available to stream and download everywhere now!

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