Our Sorrows – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
OS: I think the most fitting description we’ve heard and run with almost verbatim is that we’re reminiscent of the early 2000s hardcore and metalcore sound. We like to blend this super heavy sound with a mix of catchy melodies and choruses, from heavy songs to full on ballads and I think that’s pretty cool.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
OS: We started writing the album in late 2018 as an outlet from our day to day. The first song we wrote was “Vulture,” I think the song was actually finished before we decided on a name for the band, or if we were even going to be a band.
From that point on we really started to dive into some topics that meant a lot to us, the main focus being the negativity and trials that we’re all going through. We just wanted to be a part of a positive dialogue in the world, to tell stories that need to be heard, and let people that need to hear it know that they’re not alone.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
OS: Welcome to the show! Our tastes are pretty eclectic to be honest. Between all of us it ranges between bands like Queen, Nightwish, The Ghost Inside, BTS, NF, and Skidrow.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
OS: I have this recurring dream of me on a Spanish Galleon in the middle of a typhoon shouting for everyone to take cover. Kind of weird that you’d ask me about that but here we are.
As far as goals go, we honestly want to be a part of and grow a community of people that genuinely care about each other and the struggles we’re all going through. In order to do that we want to be in front of, and meet as many people as possible so we’d like to be touring as much as we can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
OS: Chris and Kyle collectively write songs together. Chris writing most of the music, and Kyle writing most of the lyrics. The album we just released Anima//Animus is very mental health centric that we hope can share some semblance of what life changing impact mental illness can have on a person and those around them.
We’re currently writing the first few songs for our second album with a different theme entirely that also means quite a lot to us, so stay tuned for that.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
OS: You can find us on all of the social media platforms, I’ll throw the link under this answer. We do our best to put out content of us just hanging out and having a good time, as well as the standard informative posts about what we have going on currently and in the future.
Google Play Music: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bsjbapwxwrtfyhrwvmkiouhjxyy
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
OS: We think that there are both upsides and downsides to this. The biggest upside to this is accessibility. Anyone who lives anywhere in the world that has access to internet can purchase our music which is awesome! The convenience and optimization with apps in phones make it easier to access our music as well so jamming to our stuff is just a couple clicks away. The downside to this is that it makes it easy for people to pirate music illegally which harms the artist in receiving money for songs that they have worked hard on creating.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
OS: Stairway to Heaven. That song, no matter how “overplayed” people say, is one of the greatest compositions of all time! It is like from start to finish Led Zepplin is taking you through a journey through this mystical land and they are the guides. I would say any person who has ever picked up a guitar who is remotely into rock music has attempted to learn that song. It is just timeless.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
OS: I think our biggest pet peeve, being musicians, is watching other musicians with just absolutely insane talent say everyone that’s working and playing out are lucky in some manner or just had advantages that they didn’t. If your heart is in music you will find a way to make it work and it is just senseless to see these extremely talented musicians not work to put together something great.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
OS: The proudest moment for us was listening to our first full album in entirety and basking in all the hard work we put into making those songs come out the way they did. It was surreal. We even had a moment where we were like “this is us?”.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
OS: We are currently in the process of writing our second album as we arrange shows in the coming year. We are spending all of our time outside of that perfecting our current music and getting our live show production set to really allow people to fully experience our vision.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
OS: As of right now we are not at liberty to announce any of the shows we are currently going to be on at the start of the year. However, as far as why you should be there, it is going to be LOUD! You can expect a serious energy from us with a production that really stands out from the rest. You definitely don’t want to miss this!