Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
NB: We are primarily a post-punk band, however, we also make work as a fine artist, designer and writer
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
NB: We all formerly played in a group that has since disbanded. From this previous venture, we decided to form a new band, which was convenient as we already lived together.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NB: Terry Pratchett, Eighties Matchbox B-line disaster, Nirvana, the works of Lacan, Milan Kundera, Leonard Cohen.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NB: Being able to fully sustain ourselves through making music, play some bigger venues and festivals. To write a happy song.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NB: The songs are a collaborative effort, with each one built up as a group. Lyrically they cover all the fun stuff, from the vapid nature of consumer culture, technology and issues such as addiction to Marie Kondo and the general state of the world. As you might imagine they’re not always the cheeriest.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NB: As with most acts our primary approach is digital, social media is the main tactic, however, we also use word of mouth, physical media such as posters and flyers and good old fashioned cajoling of our friends.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NB: The process of downloading is pretty ubiquitous these days and all members of the band do stream and download music, legally it must be added. However, if the artist is one that we like we will purchase physical media and merch as this is a key way to help all artists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NB: Macarthur Park, because to be able to write a hit that references leaving out a cake is no mean feat.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NB: People who wave massive flags at gigs and festivals, someone interrupting when you’re just getting into listening to a song and onesies for dogs, just why.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NB: Still having been able to persevere as a band, our Halloween gig, first gig played without missing a note, not having played recorder.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
NB: Currently, we are concentrating on promoting our debut self-titled EP. However, we have other recordings in the pipeline and continue to write new songs.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
NB: The aforementioned EP is slated for release on March 5th and will be available on all major streaming sites and physical copies will be available to buy from our Bandcamp.