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?
H: We are a political punk/thrash band whose main goal is to bring to light the struggles of those who have been ignored, forgotten about, or cast aside.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
H: It all started as an idea from Bobbie. She wanted to make music that would allow her to voice her grievances to the masses. She interviewed and assembled a group of musicians that she thought would best fit the angry, in your face lyrics she had in mind.
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?
H: Like a lot of people, 2016 was a turning point in whether you were going to sit idly by or stand up and say something against those who would oppress. We sing about everything from the daily struggles people face just trying to fit in, to the total collapse of humanity as we know it if things don’t change.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
H: Getting asked to play Rebellion Festival in 2019 for sure. Standing shoulder to shoulder with punk music legends was incredible. The best part was getting asked to return!
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?
H: Like lots of artists, we lean heavily on Instagram and Facebook. It’s flooded the market with a lot of talent, but it has also democratized the process of being found. You can make it on your own hard work and not just the luck of getting signed to a label.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
H: We have a tour of the south east United States coming up in early May with our friends Trunk from Philadelphia.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
H: Online music will never be our bread and butter. It’s more for visibility and so people can decide if they want to see us live or not. The main thing that keeps us going is playing shows, and meeting fans.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
H: Diego wishes he’d written Sentinel by Judas Priest because that song is sick as hell!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
H: Obviously the monopolization of live music is a problem. We’re seeing the mega corporations starting to have to answer for their tactics. Hopefully the people can get more of a choice in how they support artists.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
H: After the tour in May we’ll start recording our second full length album!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
H: We have a website (HellfuryATX.com), and are very active on Instagram (@HellfuryATX).
Band/Artist location – Austin, TX
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