Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What Type of Artist are you?
K: Live wise we are the type of artist to put blood, sweat, and tears into our performances. We want the audience in the room to feel our energy and give it right back
When it comes to writing music, we’re ambitious, and always want to outdo ourselves with every song we write. It’s our mission to push our boundaries and make something as exciting as possible!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself
K: The band officially became Kvilla in 2019 shortly after we got our bassist Adam who came up with the name. Since then, we wrote and recorded our first EP ‘The Ward’, had a change of drummer, and most recently got our second guitarist Josh. So far, we’ve competed in the Metal to the Masses competition, performed a live stream during the pandemic, done various other gigs around Manchester and even travelled to Edinburgh and Glasgow to perform just this past weekend
PD: Who are your musical and none musical influences?
K: For musical influences there are so many to mention but to name a few we would have to say: Deftones, Deafheaven, Converge, Pantera, Suicide Silence, Swans, Mastodon, and perhaps some Darkthrone too…
As for none musical influences our singer is very into reading cosmic horror at the moment so that is coming through in his lyrics. Other than that, I would say horror films which factor into the masks we wear and the tone of some of our tracks
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
K: Ultimately to be able to play large festivals, tour as many places as we possibly can, and generally stir up a ruckus in the music world at large. We want to write music that people will come back to for years to come and be recognised worldwide for our creativity.
PD: Who writes your songs? What are they about?
K: This depends on the song. We all have a hand in song writing to some extent. Ryan (guitar) writes riffs and has ideas for song structures, Sean (singer) writes most of the lyrics, Adam writes the spooky electronic tracks and comes up with synth ideas. Our previous drummer Max was also very important to helping us iron out the transitions in songs from one verse to another when we were writing our EP ‘The Ward’.
The songs on our EP are about an unhinged individual who is sent to an awful mental institution for his horrific deeds. Our song lyrics are usually conceptual as we like to tell stories
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
K: We’re avid social media users. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp, YouTube etc. The 0161 Manchester underground metal community have been paramount in supporting us and providing us with opportunities to play live – shout out to James and Jayne Bennett! Leading up to shows we share the events as well as pictures and videos to get our fans engaged.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
K: Eventually, supporting the bands you love is incredibly important so if you have the disposable income, it’s ideal if you purchase the music they put out. Having said that, we’ve all consumed content through other methods and aren’t really the type of band to judge. We’d still recommend buying music if/when you can to support the bands’ creative endeavours. It’s a double-edged sword – on one hand bands don’t make as much money through record sales anymore but on the other their music is far more accessible now than it would have been before downloading music became a thing.
PD: What songs do you wish you’d written and why?
K: Dream house by Deafheaven because it’s profoundly beautiful while also packing a heavy gut punch. It’s weirdly a song that makes you want to bang your head as fast as you can while also giving you major goosebumps. That’s a tremendous feat.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
K: Musical equipment that misbehaves at the wrong time… we’ve had troubles with pedals, wireless gear and suchlike during live performances. Never proves to be more than a minor nuisance though! Other than that, we would say bands that come to open for a live show and then disappear at the earliest possible moment without another word.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
K: We’re incredibly proud of ourselves for everything we’ve managed to do so far but I think the proudest we’ve been was after we finished recording the EP ‘The Ward’ and got to hear the finished version back for the first time. It sounds so well produced that it still catches us off-guard when we listen back to it today.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
K: We’re writing an album at the moment so we’ve got some new tracks on the go that we play at rehearsal. The aim is to improve on our EP and solidify our sound while adding in some newer elements. Our live audience have already heard one of the new tracks which is called ‘Idols’ and is yet to be released.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
K: Right now there’s the EP ‘The Ward’ you can check out which we released in November of 2020. You can buy it at our band camp page – https://kvilla.bandcamp.com/album/the-ward, and iTunes