Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PM: We would consider ourselves as a live and performing artist. A band that loves to perform and express its self live.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PM: We were formed in 2012, initially started jamming and ideas came up through the process so we started writing our own music and wrote our first songs. Throughout the years we performed several lives in our hometown and not only, until 2017 when we released our first self-titled debut album. More lives came long in different cities across Greece promoting our album and in the meanwhile already starting writing our second album. Due to the pandemic everything was put on hold, until now. This July of 2022 we are releasing our second full length album titled “Breathe”.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PM: Our musical influences are so many, that’s how our name kind of came up. From the great grunge era of Seattle with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam to more Hard rock and Heavy Metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Lamb of God and even the prog scene like Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Muse… the list goes on and on… Our non-musical influences are definitely our friends and families, inspiring us to keep on going.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PM: To be heard as much as possible all over the world and perform live as much as we possibly can spreading our music, just spreading the “Mess” …
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PM: We all do. We all bring ideas, riffs to the studio and jamming through them we create our music. Lyrically, all songs are written by Spilios Iliopoulos (frontman) are about anything that is on our mind, troubles us, things that need to be heard, daily problems and concerns either about love, nature, technology, the madness in life, just anything that that hits our heads.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PM: We mainly do it through social media, like all of the bands nowadays, but believe the best promotion is through our shows and live performances, just getting heard through our music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PM: It is inevitable. The music industry has taken a new path via streaming and music platforms where listening to music and downloading music is the only way to go, unfortunately, because we all preferred the physical forms of music such as CDs and Vinyl, but we all have to evolve.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PM: All music is written for a reason and serves its purpose getting its way into our lives. If a song is good, you hear it from the first note, the first lyric. For example, the one song that comes to my head would be “Smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana. That song just hit you hard from the first note and made a huge impact on the music industry in the 90’s, breaking all boundaries and putting rock n rock on the charts all over the world. But you just never know and never will, what would have happened if anyone else released that song, what impact it would have made… it might have even ended up on a B-side… never know…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PM: Our drummer Spilios has dogs and is crazy about them. He has a Doberman and a German Sheppard. The rest of us don’t have pets yet but really love the idea especially having them around our children and learning them to love animals.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PM: One of our proudest moments was certainly winning the “George Manouselis” band contest for Chanias Rock Festival and playing alongside bands like Septic Flesh, HEAT, UDO Dirkschneider and many more. Also, a recent proud moment would be the review for our upcoming new album and being scored with 9/10 by Metal Hammer Greece in Julys issue. But really to be honest, any live we attend, performing live, having a great show and being applauded with love, is a proud moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PM: Getting ready for our new album “Breathe” to be released this July and promoting it by playing it live in upcoming shows and tours.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
PM: We are programming shows in fall for our new album and rehearsing as much as we can to perform it live, showing our fans what it means to us and getting the message out the world. Especially after the pandemic and haven’t played live for 2-hole years, it’s something you don’t want to miss.