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Grave Next Door – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

GND:  I would describe us as a heavy doom Stoner metal trio with clean vocals. Our music is heavy on the groove and aggressive with a grunge element to it.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

GND:  Two of us are brothers about 20 years apart Patrick the older brother grew up in Michigan and New Jersey while Anthony grew up in Florida. We both grew up on and around beaches listening to punk rock, metal,  and hip hop. We were both guitarists we started playing together around 2010, just jamming. Anthony is a better guitarist so I (Patrick) moved to drums. That was always supposed to be my instrument. Brendon our Bassist and newest member is a Michigan boy.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

GND:  Life inspires us to make music, it’s our passion to break the stress, monotony, and pressures of this world and life. A creative outlet that keeps us sane and from us ending up dead or in prison. Our musical  influences are Black Sabbath, Melvins, Nirvana, The Doors, Cream, Black Flag, Saint Vitus. Our lyrical influences are Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Henry Rollins, David Berkowitz, and Charles Manson.  We like to write about dark themes, death, horror, war, and killing.  I don’t think we will be anyone’s choice for wedding or prom song anytime soon, and if we are we’d really like to meet you!

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

GND:  Our aspirations are to bring heavy music back into the main stream, make really great catalog of music that has an impact/ lasting impression over time and win at least one Grammy. We want to to

what Nirvana did to music back in the early 90’s to mainstream and deliver something loud raw and genuine!

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

GND:  When we played the Tennessee Metal Devastation Fest we were a part of something huge that people wanted to stop! The locals in Tennessee said “The portals of Hell would be opened. The locals ended up greeting all the bands with open arms and love. It was amazing.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

GND:  We are driven and it’s the passion that fuels that drive. A lot of people have “projects” that start in the bedroom and are recorded there. That’s fine but if you aren’t like the energizer bunny and constantly playing out, posting on social media or touring at least once a year you are wasting your time. A lot of new artists have a delusional view of the music industry and what it takes, many aren’t willing to pay the price and pay the dues. It doesn’t come easy. Band life is not for the timid or the weak and it’s a marathon not a sprint. We do this because we love it. We promote our music on Spotify, Apple, Deezer in Europe and all the streaming platforms mostly on social media, especially in FB groups, IG, and TiK Tok. It’s going well.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

GND:  We generally book  our own shows but now we have an agent, we still do our own promotion, no one is going to promote you better than yourself. We promote on all social media platforms like Facebook, IG, Twitter, Tik Tok, and even Snap Chat. Right now we are booking shows for spring and fall and working on getting on festivals our agent said we will be on the Ohio Doomed And Stoned Festival this year!

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

GND:  Downloading music is a great way to get music, Spotify is a necessary evil, you need it for the exposure but they don’t pay. Artists can tour, eat, get a hotel, or fill the tour van with Spotify likes. Bands also buy likes on Spotify which pads your stats, that’s a fraud. I heard TIK TOK was creating a music streaming site where artists would receive 90% of the revenue, we are all for that! Also the algorithm for

Spotify pushes songs that have short intros and songs that are short in length. Imagine Led Zeppelin’s Stairway would not be Spotify friendly. An artist should not have to conform his art to platform, that’s what I don’t like about it.

 

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

GND:  I wished we’d written Black Flag’s My War it’s the perfect song with such a dark feel. So iconic!

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

GND:  If I could change anything it would be getting the bookers and venues to answer emails. We hear the same thing from agents, labels and other bands. No one responds to an email, with a definite yes or a no. Bands need to get paid when they play. We packed out a club in NY, full capacity, door guy took off with our money. Happens to bands all the time.

 

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

GND:  We are working on the songs for our next album which we will be recording in summer in Atlanta at Black Doomba Records! It’s gonna be sick! We have a new bass player, Brendan Reeder who brings a very full bottom end to our sound and strengthens our rhythm section exponentially. It’s a full on sonic assault once you add in Anthony’s guitar!

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

GND:  You can go to our Facebook and we have all our music and merch on Bandcamp here:

https://gravenextdoor.bandcamp.com/

Presale for our vinyl for our album “Sanctified Heathen”  starts on 1/6/23 and ships 2/3/23 with cool swag TBA. The presale is through Black Doomba Records here is their Bandcamp

https://blackdoombarecords.bandcamp.com/

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