Interview with Jack Constantine of Intervene and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Jack Constantine – Frontman
Tom Rodgers: Guitarist
Adam Wright: Drummer
Jim Beecroft: Bassist
Steve Regan: Key & Organs
PD: What type of artist are you?
Jack: We’re an Alternative Rock five piece band, with Post Punk and Garage Rock influences.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JC: Tom, Steve and I formed Intervene in 2017, and basically auditioned bass players and drummers periodically for about two years until we found Jim and Adam. We could write a book about some of the characters that have come and gone in that time. Once, our old bass player made excuses to leave practice urgently and the lads bumped into him in KFC on the way home. Since then we’ve building up to the run of singles we’re about to unleash. We reckon we’re up there with the best right now. There’s a lot of music being released at the moment but there aren’t many groups that have the same amount of passion and energy we have. We’ve been working with some great people, supporting a few of our heroes (Imperial Wax, Tom Hingley) and launching our label Major Players Records, so this is the beginning for us.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JC: Musically, we’re influenced by The Stranglers, The Strokes, The Clash, Parquet Courts, Matt Berry. We’re also big fans of Steve Coogan, Armando Ianucci and Stewart Lee (the GOAT).
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JC: In no particular order, playing at Glastonbury, making an album, touring and seeing the world, and making more albums.
PD:Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JC: I’m always writing stuff down on pieces of paper – little notes, songs or poems to keep myself entertained during the day. We usually start by seeing what works with each of the ideas that Tom and Steve bring to the session. Their ideas are usually really different, but we know when we’ve found something good. We like having arguments and we definitely throw away far more than we stick with, but you should be self-critical. It’s the right approach.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JC: We play really fucking loud and hope people can hear us. We’ve been building a top following round South Yorkshire, and word of mouth is really working for us at the moment. Our Manager and label partner has a favourite expression – don’t be a digital snowflake in a digital snowstorm. We don’t spent hundreds of pounds on sponsored social media advertising, because most other bands seem to be doing exactly that.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JC: As a group that’s just released a new single on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and the rest of em, we’d sound like hypocrits if we criticised it. It’s convenient and it’s definitely here to stay, but we’re all avid record collectors.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JC: I asked the lads and we all agreed – the Ski Sunday Theme.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JC: We’d say shit riders with warm shit lager – but we’d take that any day of the week nowadays.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JC: So far it’s playing the main stage twice at The Leadmill and what we did in the studio late last year. We can’t wait to get the rest of the new singles out there. Adam plays a breakbeat drum loop in one of them and we messed around with different mic set ups for ages. When we heard it back there weren’t any arguments.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JC: We’ve just released our debut single, The Conquering, on Major Players Records (watch our video). We’re about to record more music videos for what’s coming next, then we’ll go back in the studio again.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JC: Self-released through the band’s own Major Player Records label, the latest single by Intervene is a three minute riot full of chaotic energy. ‘The Conquering’ comes as a statement of intent, and is a measure of the group’s uncompromising attitude.
Watch the full video for The Conquering here: https://youtu.be/tQ-ZPxO3Psg
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/the-conquering/1545124215?i=1545124217