Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
We’re the type of band that realizes that life doesn’t have to be as serious as the world tells us it should be. We have fun. We create sound that defines us as nothing but a group of five young brothers that have a deep passion for rock & alternative music. We’re dedicated to what we do, because it’s our favorite thing we do. We feel our music vibrate in our souls when we play together, and any band that LA: does the same knows how special of a feeling that is.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LA: We all first got together back in the August of 2019. I had a solo project that I was releasing music on under the alias “L 1 P S”. I’m from New Hampshire in the states. It just so happened that our bassist, Tim Donovan, stumbled across my music via a website called “bandmix.com”, which is an online platform where musicians can meet each other and, ultimately, form bands. Tim quickly realized that he lived only an hour south of me in Acton, Massachusetts, and promptly got in touch with me to see if he’d be interested in meeting up & jamming. I was obviously down. Ironically, Tim’s best friend since childhood, Nick Harvey, was living with him in the same house, and was an experienced guitarist equally as interested in joining the journey. The three of us immediately hit it off, and put the word out that we needed a drummer. Sure enough, within just a week or so, Conor Moran got back to us with an amazing cover video of our first single ‘Hands In The Soil’. He was just a half hour away from the boys, which made it just too easy. From there, we released our first 6-track EP ‘Too Minded’ just a couple of months later, and began HEAVILY gigging across New England, from Boston to New York City as a four piece, with me on both rhythm guitar and vocals. It was in February of 2020 when I, along with the band, decided I wanted to take the ground as frontman of the band, and hand off the six-string to someone else. I just wanted to improve myself as a singer. Fortunately, a long-time friend of mine, Jam Templeton, quickly expressed interest in hopping on board after tagging along on one of our photoshoots in Manchester, NH. Jam adapted so quickly man. He’s added a new vibe to our band and our sound, and we’ve been stronger than ever since turning into a 5-piece.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LA: Our biggest influences musically would include bands like The Neighbourhood, Tame Impala, Idles, The 1975, Mac Demarco, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Cars, Beach House, Slipknot and many others. Non musical influences of mine personally would be my mom and my dad. And God.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LA: We all made it pretty clear with each other that our goal with this band is to shoot for the stars & never give up. We, like most bands, fully dream of making this our living, touring the world with like minded artists, and constructing a family of fans that love us as much as we love them. I think the reason we’re all on that page is because we absolutely love what we do, love each other, and have the time of our lives with each other. We want to create music that is unique, deep and beautiful, and connects with people emotionally, but also makes people want to party and move.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LA: I write all of our lyrics so far, and the music is written between me, Jam (rhythm guitar), Nick (lead guitar) and Conor (drums). My songs are, like many, mostly personal. And if we’re being honest, they’re usually about things that bother me as opposed to things that pleasure me. It’s just the easiest way for me to put my own struggles into words of my own, in an artistic format. My mind’s a busy, and often sort of spooky place. Writing music helps with that. That being said, I do love writing songs about my beautiful woman, and there’s plenty of them.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LA: Social media has served as well, particularly Instagram. We quickly discovered that the use of post boosting is highly effective, since the options of picking demographic and all that stuff is available. It’s fairly affordable too, especially when split between five guys. We order hundreds of stickers as well & plant them practically everywhere we go. On street signs, at venues, at drive thru windows, on our cars and phones. And word of mouth, of course. Between five guys we know a lot of people, and those people know a lot of people. I’m ALWAYS telling people about Long Autumn.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LA: There’s not really much to complain about that any more. Maybe 5-10 years ago, but now it’s just inevitable. It’s just the way the industry has evolved. Unfortunate, yeah. Bands and artists aren’t making nearly as much money as they used to, small or big. What are you gonna do. True, loyal, dedicated fans will buy your records.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LA: One of my favorite songs lyrically & musicially is a song called Baby Came Home by The Neighbourhood. That song hits hard. Not sure if I’d say I wish I wrote it, but it’s inspiring as all hell to me as a songwriter.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LA: Hm. It’s a bit frustrating when our energy on stage is very high (which it always is) and the crowd remains stagnant, despite our efforts to get people to move. I think sometimes people are afraid to express themselves that way, which is fine, but our music is definitely stuff you can dance to. Don’t get me wrong, most of our crowds are great! But you’ll get that weeknight crowd sometimes that’s just not into it. Also waitresses asking “how my food tastes” when my mouth is chock full & people trying to talk to me when I clearly have headphones on.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LA: God, that has to be when we got to play a venue called College Street Music Hall in the town of New Haven, Connecticut, US. That was crazy for us, we’d never played a 2,000 person room before. It really gave us a sense of what it’s like hitting the big stages. Something we’ll never forget and can’t wait to do more.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LA: Well, our second EP ‘Change’ drops this upcoming Saturday, the 23rd of January. After that, we’ll be right back in the studio creating as much new, fresh sound as we can. I have a lot of lyrics in the bank. It doesn’t take us long to create new noise when we’re all together & focused. This year will be great.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LA: Our music’s everywhere. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, Deezer, Tidal, Soundcloud, you name it. Check us out, you’ll dig.
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