Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
GW: We’re a 4 piece Indie Rock / Indie Pop band called Green Wire, typically writing bouncy, catchy songs for our audiences to sing along to, rather than any of the sad stuff…
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GW: So we formed in early 2021 and started writing straight away, I myself (simon), already had a few songs i wanted to bring into the room prior to the band forming having done it as a solo artist during the first and second lockdowns. The band is comprised of 4 members: Charlie Morris (Drummer), Ethan Henry (Bassist), Simon Stirzaker (Singer/songwriter), Jack Massey (Lead Guitar). We formed in Manchester after meeting at uni and sharing a love for just writing music in general but also the entertainment side of things.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GW: As a band we don’t typically like to compare ourselves directly to anyone as we like to think we have our own unique sound. However, bands we have drawn influence from and been compared to are: Circa Waves, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Vaccines. Outside of that we all have a range of influences, jack is into all the neurosciences and psychology so listens to quite a lot of stuff surrounding The Big 5, namely Jordan Peterson. Simon is mostly influenced by musicians like Michael Jackson, Matty Healy, Sam Fender but as well as this does draw influences and inspiration from people such as John Cooper Clarke, Matt Haig. Charlie and Ethan share a few influences across the metal genre however charlie then moves out to drummers such as Ginger Baker for influence, Ethan is a bit hard to give a name for so we’ll just say pop-punk as a genre haha.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GW: I think we all have common goals in the band which include the release of our first two albums after our EP drops later this year, we also are mainly focused on playing live; so we’d love in the next couple of years to play our first headline tour. Long term beyond that the obvious aim is arena tours, maybe even stadiums – sky is the limit right? I know with Charlie being from around stoke he’d probably love to play a show at the britannia (if thats still what the stoke ground is called…) I’d love to play the etihad and sell it out someday, Jack would probably disagree with that as a united fan haha. Ethan I’m sure would love to play a show at either goodison or anfield. After nearly a year i’m still not sure who he supports but it better not be liverpool…
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GW: I write them, me, Simon. It’s a joint effort really in terms of the whole band but if we’re talking lyrics and initial concept that’s me. They’re typically about a range of experiences to be honest. From the feelings of young, naive love to the latest relationships i’ve had and sort of stuff like that. Stuff everyone can relate to. There’s other stuff about experiences we’ve had just being young in general, going out getting drunk etc and just the fun of being young with not much responsibility. There’s the odd political one but I tend to not talk through them too much because I feel like in this day and age showing anyone your political leaning can close big areas of certain audiences needlessly.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GW: We tend to do a range of things. The main one being social media, we’re active on tiktok, instagram, twitter all the main ones. We tend to plug these at our shows and we tend to plug the shows using them so there’s a kind of mirrored thing going on. Aside from that, I and the other lads aren’t beyond shamelessly DM’ing everyone we know to get them to share a post or listen to a new song. You sometimes have to bug people to get results. For every 100 no’s there’ll always be 20-30 or maybe more that say yes and they’re the people that count!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GW: So this one is a little hard to comment on. We all do it with Spotify, Apple Music etc. However, my view is that if it could be wiped out overnight I would more than happily go back to just physical copies, I think that’s generally better personally. Because yeah, with spotify you can listen to any record you want anywhere you go but you don’t own it. There’s something about seeing a vinyl collection on your shelf, the sound of the vinyl itself, CD’s it’s what I grew up hearing and honestly – it’s so much more nostalgic for me than anything I’ve ever discovered on spotify.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GW: Definitely has to be either ‘And She Was’ by Talking Heads or ‘If You Wanna’ by The Vaccines. Both songs are just total masterpieces aren’t they – a perfect example of just beautiful writing. The melodies, the hook lines are catchy. Even the guitar solo in ‘If You Wanna’ is catchy!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GW: There are so many huge ones. But if we’re talking in terms of a musician – it’s arrogance all day, every day. I literally refuse to work with anyone ever again if they’re arrogant. The one rule in this industry that I’ve been taught since I entered it is “don’t be a d**k”. Arrogant people are always, without fail, horrible people to work with. The other main one is lying, i can’t deal with it. If you lie to me in day to day life you lose my respect and trust, same with music. Be honest about your work, your progress, people you’ve worked with. There’s genuinely no point lying, it always gets found out.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GW: To be honest, I’ve done a lot of things myself and so have all the lads but for me the proudest moments have all come in this band. We announced our first show in July 2021 as a support act, the first venue sold out in a few weeks, so we upgraded the venue and it sold out again. After six months together we played our first, successful headline show which we’d actually got our own bass drum skin for. That in itself was a big moment – just seeing something that was a concept in my head coming into reality. The obvious ones are always looking at our singles, after 2 releases within about 7 months we’ve gained over 100 monthly listeners, over 2k streams between the 2 singles, been playlisted over 100 times and saved god knows how many as well. It might not sound huge to other bands but to us that’s a big achievement given we’ve been together less than a year.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GW: We’ve just finished recording our debut EP so that’s the main project. We have a single coming out on January 28th and another March 11th. These are in buildup to the bigger picture which as I mentioned is the ‘How’s Your Head This Morning?’ EP release in April.
Got a few shows coming up including another headline which has just been confirmed for March 11th so that’s almost a single release party for us, that’ll be at 33 Oldham St in Manchester. Beyond that we’ll have our EP launch show in late April or early May in Manchester then we’re playing a show in Warrington on May 1st too.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
GW: I’ll attach some useful links below for you. We have our debut single ‘Looking Back’ available which is technically only a demo as we produced it all ourselves and stuff so that was cool. Beyond that our latest single ‘T-Shirt & Jeans’ came out 3rd December, they’re both on all platforms. I’ll attach the links to our social media below too if anyone fancies slipping us a cheeky follow to keep up to date!