Medusa Touch – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
MT. We are a classic NWOBHM 80’s Metal Band playing all our own material
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MT. We started on 1982 and played till early 90’s, lets say 91. In that time we went through a number of line up changes. We started as a 5 piece (Iron Maiden Style), went to a 4 piece then to a 3 piece. The 3 piece was definitely the hi point for us. Then very late 1988/89 we went back to a 4 piece again. All the time playing good old 80’s Metal.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MT I bet you would guess these. Started with Maiden, Scorpions, MSG, AC/DC. Then gradually started to get more like WASP, and a few of the Hair metal bands although we never adopted the look, and finally we started to get a bit more like the Anthrax/Metallica sounds nearer the late 80’s.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
MT. Well now its to get the CD out there and do some gigs. We are all in our 50’s now and still have a real hunger to get the band out there. In terms of goals it’s really just enjoyment for us. No hassle just doing what makes us happy.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MT. All the songs we shall be playing are all from the 80’s and were written then too. The band have always been a whole contributer with no single person responsible for putting together the songs. Always a mix always a bit different and we all have our say.
Topics for songs could be anything. For Example Craze Amazing was written about Financial Insider dealing, and the Guiness Scandal, Crying about Ruth Ellis and Man In Black about the Hungerford Killings in England.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
MT. You have to use all the means that are available. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram are a must. We always ask our friends to share the info for us. And old skool ways with Flyers at the venues.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
MT. You really must embrace it. I am not a fan of Spotify, but you need to go with the flow. We still do CD’s, we’re looking to do some vinyl releases (That is really popular again), but you have to put the albums on I Tunes, Amazon, Google. It’s the way things are.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MT. Tough Question. I don’t know….? There’s the obvious ones that will earn you a lot of cash, or the songs that have personal meaning to you. But for song to be proud of …. let’s go with Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
MT. Bands who take faaaaaaaaaaaar to long to get set up and sound check. Does my head in hehehehe
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
MT. I play in another 2 bands and I have been fortunate enough to have played at CBGB’s in New York twice and have a live album of the first gig we did there.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
MT. Getting gig ready. Lots of rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing. Once the gigs are under way and the songs are second nature there is a new album to record. All the songs are written and ready to go.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
MT. There’s 4 shows around Scotland in November and a few starting to come through for 2020, including some festivals. If you like NWOBHM or the 80smetal sounds then you are going to really enjoy Medusa Touch. It likie taking a massive bite of the glory days of metal music from back in those days. Try it, you will like it, you might even be hooked on it hehehe.