Nouvelle – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

N: There’s a million rock & metal subgenres, so we guess we’d say we’re a ‘Post-Hardcore’ band. We aim to make music which has heavy guitar riffs interspersed with memorable lead guitar parts, vocals shifting from soaring melodies to aggressive harsh vocals, with tracks densely layered with keys & strings to create full bodied songs.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

N: Nouvelle was formed in mid-2020 by Dan J, Liam & George; they were all part of another band, and were looking to push themselves further both in songwriting and in ambition. Pearce  joined shortly afterwards, plus another guitarist, who rehearsed a whopping one time – scrambling around for a replacement, Dan remembered a message he’d received from a guitarist… 3 months earlier. He messaged Dan S and for some reason he was still keen after being thoroughly ghosted. He completed the line-up in December 2020, and whilst various lockdowns made initial progress slow, Pearce & Dan S quickly clicked into place.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

N: It differs a lot by each member, but collectively we’re all big fans of Funeral for a Friend, Fightstar, Deftones & Thrice. Non-musical influences is a tough question – maybe humour wise, we have some big Alan Partridge fans which feeds into some ridiculous band conversations!


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

N: We’d love to play some big festivals over the next few years, and ultimately have an audience we can engage with who are excited to hear our music. None of us have ever written an album, so that would certainly be an aim of ours. We’re all really passionate about what we do and ultimately just want to make music we’re proud of and can look back on fondly.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

N: Dan J writes the majority of the music, and Pearce & Dan S collaborate on the lyrics. It’s a really collaborative process though, with everyone putting their stamp on their own parts. Lyrically, so far we’ve covered of relationships, loss and regret, and I’m sure we’ll touch on a lot more in future.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

N: Liam is our social media guru, and has done an amazing job of creating a really slick image. Making everything cohesive and visually interesting is important, and making sure everything is informative or can create a discussion is good too. Social media (for better or worse) is a massive part of music now so it’s really the most important tool in promoting your band. We haven’t got any shows lined up just yet, but we’re looking forward to hopefully booking some in later in the year!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

N: Streaming is of course the dominant format for listening to music right now, and although many platforms pay musicians very poorly (Spotify we may or may not be looking at you), we’d be hypocrites if we didn’t say we also had Spotify accounts! It’s a really convenient and cheap way of listening to a huge library of music, and is good in the sense that it allows anyone to find any sort of music, without trawling through a metal section in their local music shop for example – so a bit of a blessing and a curse for up and coming bands. There’s definitely still a place for physical music, as vinyl sales are really strong. The days of CDs may be numbered though…


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

N: I (Dan J) would probably have to say Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine; it’s 26 years old but it still feels so fresh today. The main riff is so heavy and catchy, the bassline is groovy as hell, the drums are absolutely huge, and the lyrics still resonate today. A pretty flawless metal song if you ask me.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

N: Arrogance, and people who can only talk about themselves.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

N: Releasing an EP with a previous band; we worked hard on it, and it was a lot of fun to make. It was great to see listeners from across the world, and people buying t-shirts from the US and across Europe off the back of it. Hoping to make more moments to be proud of with Nouvelle soon!


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

N: We have another single recorded and ready to go after our debut one comes out, and we’re also working on an EP, so watch this space. Also getting a live set ready to go for later this year.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

N: Our debut single ‘Canvas’ comes out on 22nd July, and will be available anywhere and everywhere; available to purchase on Bandcamp and Itunes, and available to listen to on every streaming service under the sun!

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