Polychuck – Interview

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

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

P: I would say that it’s simply rock but trying to intertwine intelligent riffs and harmony with accessible and catchy Melodies. I guess we can call that prog to a certain degree.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

P: We all come from a more extreme metal background in the band. The drummer was a member of the most influential extreme prog metal bands of Montreal ‘Unexpect’ and I’ve been apart of so many underground local bands. Dopethrone being the biggest one. As adults we decided to tone down the heavy riffs and wanted to move towards a more accessible sound. Being fans of porcupine tree, the Mars volta and old school 70s prog.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

P: My biggest inspiration is probably whatever Steven Wilson touches. That guy has an incredible sense of melody. Im also very inspired by classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Yes etc.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

P: Our biggest goal and dream is probably to go on a world tour. That’s would be a first for me but not for the ex members of Unexpect in the band. And I know that that would only be the beginning! Sky is the limit 


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

P: I would say that it’s probably getting recognition from guys I admire. I personally teach guitar and some musicians I used to be a huge fan of reached out to me for lessons so that was pretty dope. It also happens more than once with different guys


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

P: We kinda decided to not try to shove our music down other peoples throats. Yes want to share it, share our fun and if people wanna join the party they’re more than welcome to but we are our biggest fans. Not to sound narcissistic but we do it for us and are happy when people enjoy it!


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

P: There’s a prog mini festival being talked about in our home town so that would be our next gig but so far, not much else to come. 2023 will probably be the year that kickstarts our live career


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

P: Im all for it. I use Spotify and I think it’s super convenient. I’d be cool if artists could be paid more though. That’s the part that sucks but on the other hand making new fans has member been more accessible to indie artists. If these people buy tickets and come to our shows then it’s a win for us.


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

P: I gotta say ‘Arriving somewhere but not here’ by Porcupine tree. It just combines absolutely everything I love. From catchy Melodies to dark ambiant soundscapes to heavy riffs. It’s got it all


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

P: Anything that’s fake, created with the intent of making money. Don’t get me wrong, making money is important but music has to be genuine and a way to communicate emotions before being a lucrative business. This is only my personal opinion


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

P: We are working on a much darker, more complex, more advanced full length album that will probably be ready by the beginning of next year.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

P: You can go to our linktree and find all our links for merch, social media, streaming platforms

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