Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
M: Hi Pete, thanks for having us. We are Madicide, a (groovy) thrash metal band based in South Wales in the U.K.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: That’s going to be a tricky one because it definitely isn’t brief! We basically started as school friends with myself (Ceri Roberts, rhythm guitar/vocals) and Josh Bevan (bass, backing vocals) forming the band back in 2010.
We had a few lineup changes with Ian Woolfe (lead guitar) & Jack Williams (drums 2010-2015) eventually joining too. We had a fucking great time back then with loads of insane live shows fuelled by ‘ various substances’ and drinks – We played around the U.K with some great bands like: Revoker, Sarah Jezebel Deva, Sworn Amongst, Bonded by Blood and loads more. We released 3 E.P’s – Our first, “The Shed of Metal E.P” – 2011, “The Pit and the Pendulum” – 2012 and “Killing Machine” in 2013. We also released a single called “Death March” in 2015 – Unfortunately this would be our last for quite a while. After 5 years of solid gigs and developing a reputation for INSANE live shows fuelled by the alcohol and ‘various substances’ it had taken its toll… We decided to take a ‘short’ break to try and remember why we had started in the first place and to rest our minds and bodies.
Fast forward to 2020 and we’re all a bit older, a bit wiser and not to mention a bit fucking bored of being normal functioning humans in society. We got things back together – slowly at first because of Covid, although this did allow us some much needed time to write new material and to practise. We also discovered Tim Roberts as the new drummer (original drummer Jack Williams was sadly unable to return) this time.
With the new blood and some time off we’ve managed to come back even stronger than before; Playing a packed reunion gig, another gig with BAEST earlier this month, new merch, a new logo from metal designer Christophe Szpajdel (Emperor, Metallica, the film Mandy) and new music and music videos coming up (not to mention a cheeky gig with thrash legends Virus). We also finally got “Death March” some decent traction after not properly releasing it back when we needed a break in 2015!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
M: We have all of the ‘usual’ metal influences like; Black Sabbath, Mötorhead, Metallica, Pantera, Carcass, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Testament & Suicidal Tendencies… the list goes on! But we also have a lot of ‘outside’ influences too like Buena vista Social Club (Ceri), Ian really likes classical music, country and folk… just anything that has some feeling to it really.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: We’re finally working on releasing a full album – getting that released successfully and also finally being free from our day jobs is our main goal right now… that and becoming the biggest metal band in the known Universe of course.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: Mainly (singer/ rhythm guitarist) Ceri Roberts with lay down a basic structure with lyrics and then (lead guitarist) Ian Woolfe will add in his own riffs and a thrashing solo of course… then over to Josh and Tim to add in the beats and groove that will really bring the track to life.
We cover a mixed bag of uplifting topics such as; The collapse of modern civilisation, existential dread, insanity and loads of horror based around whatever Ceri is reading at the time… a lot of Stephen King and Chambers usually.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: Generally we’d just scream from our window or threaten shop owners with arson if they wouldn’t put up our posters…
Nowadays though, we’ve been lucky enough to get our track “Death March” onto BBC Radio, TotalRock and a few more. Got a big boost from the beautiful Cherry von Darling who modelled our shirts on Instagram, as well as the usual Spotify playlists and Facebook ads!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: It’s just the way it is now – there’s nothing really wrong with it but as always they should be paying the artists a lot more, just 1p per stream would be huge – we could then maybe afford an entire sandwich each at the end of the year.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: Interviews. Most other people, politicians and bastards in general.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
M: Our comeback gig at The Duke (Neath) was a really cool and surprising moment for us, we’d been away for so long that we didn’t think anyone would still give a shit! The turnout and energy we got from the crowd was off the scale and reminded us exactly why we’d started making all this noise in the first place.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: We are just about to launch our new single “Carnivore Incarnate” (27.05.2022) with its own music video and a launch gig the next day (28.05.2022 at The Bunkhouse, Swansea). We’re also excited to be supporting Scottish thrash legends Virus in Cardiff and are planning some big shows for the summer and the rest 2022.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
M: Our first single “Death March” is available now on Spotify as well as most streaming platforms as well as to purchase from BandCamp – Follow our Spotify now to hear the new stuff as soon as it arrives on the 27th!
Thanks for having us Pete!
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