I Am The Law Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
We call our style southern metal. I choose that mostly for its simplicity there’s to many ways to label a band’s genre now and days. So think Pantera but not lol, we love pantera but don’t want to be a rip off or copy of them.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I Am The Law formed in 2015, I (Brandon) had wanted to play southern metal for awhile now. In my older bands we dabbled in it but never fully just went for it. Brain and I we’re in a punk hardcore band for a minute. When that fell apart I had some songs we wrote which would be the first songs on the Blackwater EP. Finally we meet Chris and it’s clicked instantly, thus began the band. Nic came along soon after being chris’s brother.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Like I said we all love Pantera, but the rest of the guys actually have influences from Tool, The Misfits, and Periphery. For me Metallica was huge influence, then bands like Maylene and the Sons of Disaster came along and fueled this love of heavy groove riffs.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
My dream for the band is to make this our day jobs. Everyone wants to be a rockstar but in reality being a stable band with a stable career that lasts is a goal I believe is achievable. But a dream would be to open for Metallica for me personally.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
At the core Brandon writes the meat of it, while Chris is the potatoes the backbone if you will, and Brian and Nic complement the songs. Each song is its own tale in a shared universe, usually about southern folklore, witches, the occult, the supernatural, brimstone and fire demons ect.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
I’m a sucker for the old way of handing out flyers, but when you’re touring and busy you just have to use Facebook and other social media the best you can. I think all bands are still trying to find that one sure fire way of getting people out to your shows. Unfortunately it’s not like it was back in the days of MySpace. Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube are what most people and we use. You have to adapt to survive.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
Does anyone download music anymore? I feel like it’s all streaming now but I could be wrong. CD sales are not a thing at least not for independent bands. But when it comes to streaming I welcome it. If someone wants to download my music for free or for a few bucks go for it! We recorded all of our own music and I want people to be able to enjoy it, in my hopes that spreads our music and garners fans for us.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I’m seeing more and more of the bigger bands jumping ship on labels and making their own or going independent. For Smaller bands trying to make it, we have to wonder what to do getting signed was the ultimate goal now it’s what play shows. In one sense the industry is great because anyone can get going, recording, art, music videos is all readily accessible. But on the other hand we have so many bands and Labels that are falling apart.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Honestly not sure. I feel like if I hear a song and I’m like “dang wish I written that”, I take inspiration from it and create something that I like even better.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
We all value personal space. It’s a rule to not mess with anyone sleeping or mess with each others stuff. You don’t want to rock the boat when you’re on the road in a tight space with each other for long periods of times. We may just try to kill each other lol. But as for me (brandon) my pet peeves are bad sound guys. Being one myself and working in the industry here in Nashville, it’s very rare to come across a good sound guy. There are a few and I cherish them so much!
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
Currently I would have to say releasing our first music video. I grew up watching mtv, mtv2, fuse, etc. Seeing these bands with music videos, to me felt like once you had one of those and it was good, it puts you and the band on a higher level.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
If we’re in you’re area playing you don’t want to miss it. We put 110% into our shows no matter the size. We have some great shows coming up with White Swan Ft. Mercedes of Kitte, Another with Doyle From The Misfits, and local and regional shows throughout the year. Check it out!
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