Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
H: Although we try not to label or compartmentalise ourselves, we think we sit within the realms of Indie/Alternative Rock.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
H: We were founded in 2017 by Sean, who has worked tirelessly over the years to bring us to where we are today. In the current lineup, Dan was the first to join, followed by Jack shortly before the pandemic. Liam joined after the 2 nd lockdown in early 2021 and then we worked hard in the rehearsal room to get ready for the comeback of live music. With the current lineup, we’ve really bonded as a group and we think this is starting to show in our live performances, and through our songwriting.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Sean – Robert Smith (The Cure) and Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) Non musical, Stephen Graham.
Dan – Musically is a tough one for me as I’ve taken influence from drummers such as Nicko (Iron Maiden), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) or Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) to name a few. Outside of music I can’t really pinpoint anyone. Film directors or writers are people that I tend to admire as they create stories I can get lost in or watch over and over; such as Guy Ritchie, Scorcese.
Jack – Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea made me love bass guitar because he took the instrument and made it something really exciting for me to watch.
Liam – The lads are probably sick of me mentioning Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) at this point. I am inspired by not just him as an incredible guitarist, but also by his accomplishments as a songwriter and a producer. As for non-musical, I’d say Keanu Reeves. He is renowned for being one of the most humble and generous Hollywood actors, and is about as grounded as it gets.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
H: The dream for us would be to be able to work on our music full time.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
H: Sean, Jack, and myself (Liam) have all brought songs to the table. We tend to write demos at home and then bring these to the studio to see if they work with the band. Our songs always touch upon the human element. When we released “You’re Fine”, we were approached by someone who talked about how the lyrics really spoke to them, and that was a really nice moment for us PD. How do you promote your band and shows? In the digital age we really focus on social media, as anyone does. But in reality, the shows promote the band. We love sharing the stage with other bands, watching them, talking to them after the show, and the people that turned up but hadn’t heard of you yet – that’s where you really gain your followers.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
H: With online streaming it’s easier now more than ever to get your music out there. Music piracy has died down massively since the advent of Spotify and their contemporaries. The fact that music can now be shared with someone on the other side of the world in just a few taps is amazing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Sean – Royalty wise? Mr.Brightside. But “A Letter To Elise” by The Cure is just a beautiful song I wish I had written.
Dan – Amen Brother by the Winstons. Imagine recording a drum break that would be sampled as much as it has.
Jack – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana; so I could have another reason to hate it.
Liam – Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel. It’s the perfect blend of pop and something a bit more left-field.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Sean – Tidy people…. Who has the time Jack?
Dan – People taking pictures of their food.
Jack – Messy people, sort yourself out.
Liam – Impoliteness. It costs nothing to be nice
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Sean – Being able to travel around the country playing songs that we have written. Music takes you places and gives you experiences you can’t get anywhere else.
Dan – My first tour, something I had always wanted to do and want more of.
Jack – Every gig. It’s always the greatest feeling to see other people make the effort and find the time to support something you love doing.
Liam – Playing a track I co-wrote with Sean (my first with Hollows) to a sold out crowd in Manchester. I’d been hoarding demos over lockdown and to have them heard by someone other than myself for the first time ever was a watershed moment for me.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
H: We are hard at work songwriting as we’re aiming to get back in the studio in early 2022, as well as perfecting our live show, as always.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
H: All our music is available through major streaming platforms, as well as youtube.