Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
P: Partisan are a three piece rock band, based in Manchester, comprising of Stuart Armstrong-vox & guitar, Danny Alban-bass and Leo Stanfield-drums.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
P: We initially formed in 2016, released a few singles and played a lot of gigs, including a small American tour, which was amazing!!
Unfortunately, we managed to get involved with not one, but two bad labels and an unscrupulous manager who were really detrimental to the band. That, along with covid, and changing drummers more times than spinal tap held us back significantly! We’re proud to say that we’re now with a fantastic label (Shoutback records) and have a great manager who really look after us! Needless to say, we’re absolutely buzzing to get back in the game, with new material and a renewed sense of vigour!!!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
P: It’s fair to say that we are all influenced collectively by the grunge scene of the early 90’s, but we also all have very eclectic tastes, from queen, led zeppelin, elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Bowie through to baroque and orchestral music.
Our non musical influences tend to be very similar. We’re all passionate about equity and equality, science, politics and for me personally (Stu), psychology and history. There are so many fascinating people and events to write about as well as the inevitable love songs!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
P: Our goal is to be able to make a living from what we love doing. Our dream is to play arenas!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
P: Until recently I (Stu), was writing everything, but now we all contribute to the music side of it and it’s a lot more fun! It also takes us directions that I don’t think we’d have gone if I was doing it on my own. I (Stu) still write the lyrics and as I mentioned before, I’m beginning to expand the subject matter…I recently wrote a song about Sophie Scholl called ‘white rose’.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
P: Obviously social media is the first go to, as well as radio, magazines and telling everyone you meet about this great band they should go and see! 😂
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
P: Access wise, it’s fantastic. If you fancy listening to virtually any song, it’s a few clicks or an Alexa away! It’s the streaming that’s the problem for the artist. Between the major labels and for example Spotify, they’re really screwing the artist over! I really think it’s up to the artists ourselves to remedy this by taking back control….easier said than done, but I think it can happen, particularly for artists on indie labels.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
P: This is a tough one as there’s quite a few!!
I’m going marmite on this one, but U2’s ‘with or without you’ has always resonated with me. When ever I hear it, I have to stop what I’m doing and listen. It never fails to give me goosebumps.
Why? Because being able to serenade someone with that, would have gotten me a lot more girlfriends! 😂
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
P: Noisy eaters, crap monitors (on stage) and organised religion.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
P: It has to be playing the Whiskey a go go on sunset strip LA…..magic!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
P: We’ve released our debut single with Shoutback, ‘animal’ and recorded an EP which should come out this summer! We also got a licensing deal with a US label (Pasadena records) and we’ll shortly be recording a full album for them. The first UK tour is being organised now and we hope to be on the road this summer with that!