Kaleiders – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
K: Kaleiders are a warrington – based punk/alternative rock band who appear more serious and moody than we actually are.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
K: The band as it is now began about 4 years ago when we played a few covers at a charity gig during college, from then we kept on jamming until eventually we figured we were tolerable enough to give the ‘real band’ thing a go! From there we recorded a few tracks, played a whole load of gigs all over the country until now where we’re about to release our debut album ‘Melancholy Undertones’!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
K: In terms of musical influences, the bulk of our sound derives from a mix of american rock and old school british punk. Artists like The Clash and Springsteen mixed with more modern bands like The Menzingers and PUP. Basically if it’s loud and electric, then we’re all for it!
In terms of non-musical inspirations, we tend t
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: It sounds like such a cliche but I think for now we just want to build a name for ourselves and show people what we can do. I know for me, I want to write music which connects with people, and I just hope that the album does that.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
K: It’s always been a communal effort with the songwriting process, but usually Matt (Our frontman) will come to practice with a few ideas and we will then all work on our parts together in order to create the final product. Then Matt will usually write the lyrics in his own time, but lately we’ve been trying to brainstorm lyrical ideas between us in order to find some new things to talk about in our music.
We tend to write our songs about past experiences. It’s always interesting to me to look back at the lyrics and reflect on where we were when we wrote them. I couldn’t always tell you what they’re about exactly because I would hope that people find their own meanings in the songs in the same way that we have ours.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: The number 1 port of call for us is our social media pages and through word of mouth, but we’re looking at starting to get our name out there with posters and merch so that we can advertise ourselves to a broader audience.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: With the way that we’ve all begun to consume music nowadays, it’s amazing that musicians can now release their music independently for the whole world to hear. Unfortunately however it comes at a disservice as now its so much more difficult for artists of any level of success to earn money from their music online. Especially through lockdown, so many bands have only been able to generate income through their music streams/downloads since they have been unable to perform in a live setting.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
K: ‘Four Simple Words’ – Frank Turner
Dave and I went to see Frank at Leeds festival a few years back and he ended on Four Simple Words and it went off. We actually played it at our very first show as a band and it was some of the most fun we’ve had as a band. It’s loud, it’s fast and it’s a killer modern punk rock anthem.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: It’s a small one but one that we all share – when guitarists plug their guitars into their amps whilst the amp is on. But then they always look surprised at the cacophonous, ear-splitting shriek of the amp as they’re about to start the first song. Like, what did you expect would happen??
Sorry, sore subject…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: I know between us we have a few different answers so I’ll just list a couple:
The first time we played at Manchester academy was a big moment for us, as that was what felt like our first ‘proper’ gig in front of a larger audience. Since then, there’s been a number of moments which spring to mind – being invited to play in London on several occasions and the amazing reception we received each time was very heartwarming.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
K: Currently with the inability to play proper shows, we’ve been focussing our attention on writing new material. We’re not sure how you can have enough material to record an album before your first one has even dropped yet, but hey ho here we are. We’ve booked into the studio for later this year to get in and record a single or two, as well as a few new demos ready for a release next year. We are currently also making arrangements to release a charity single around Christmas in order to raise money for The Julia Derbyshire Campaign.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
K: We have released a number of singles throughout the year from our album ‘Melancholy Undertones’ which are available on all usual platforms including ITunes, Spotify, Google Play etc.
‘Melancholy Undertones’ will be available as of 27.10.2020.
Our latest video ‘Melancholy’ is available on our YouTube Channel.