Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PB: I think we land somewhere in between being an alt rock band and a prog rock band if we were to put a label on it. Personally I see ourselves as more a soul band in terms of what we sing about etc. Also, all rock music is rooted in the blues isn’t it, so we’d have to throw that onto the list too.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PB: We’ve been around for a few years. Myself and the guys who recorded the album had played in a variety of other bands before. I had this collection of songs and I wanted to do this album and thankfully they jumped on board and we’re generous with their time, heart and commitment, and it just grew from there.
In some ways we’re just starting out though, there has been a fair gap between the album completion and it’s launch due mainly to the pandemic. It feels like this is all brand new.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PB: Our musical influences are probably equal parts alt rock bands such as Radiohead or Jeff Buckley, and prog stuff such as King Crimson and Pink Floyd. That said, I’m drawn to anything enigmatic sounding so I listen to a lot of jazz, electronic and ambient music. In short we don’t really sound like anybody else, which is kinda the point right? Our approach is probably more akin to those 1990/2000’s bands in terms of how we record stuff. To keep it vibey, we did a lot of stuff like and kept the computers and editing to a minimum. As a result, I think our stuff sounds real.
Non-musical influences; I practice a form of Buddhism and have done for a long time and that really influences my writing. Soul is the goal man 😉
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PB: Oh inner peace for sure – that’s the daily challenge. It’s be great to get this show on the road at some point. Given the last few years I’m just genuinely happy and grateful that the album is coming out, I’m writing with the guys again which I love. There are some tough times out there but there’s always hope. I’m a dreamer and I’m optimistic – the good will out, as they say.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PB: I write about my experiences mainly, things I have learned. Elements of the songs are like little mantras, stuff I sing to myself mainly as a reminder to keep on track. It’s always a real buzz when that connects with other people though.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PB: Well, we’re in the process of promoting our upcoming debut album ‘All is Due’ right now. We’re working with some really great people on that. In terms of the how, I guess I just try to be honest and sincere about who we are and what we’re trying to do – that resonates with people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PB: I mean, everything is so immediate now isn’t it – downloading, streaming – the 24 hour news cycle. It’s a change from how things were before, I remember having to wait for music releases or even travelling to buy a new record. That sense of anticipation is probably largely gone.
I’d say we’re all struggling to come to terms with the
Immediacy afforded to us by all this new technology. Things are no longer given time to settle, people (over) react, there’s too much to take in. We lack enough honest and sincere filters, or gatekeepers, for all the info and content thrown at us. Good things take time to create and build, but many don’t have the patience to stick around for what is worthwhile and will help them evolve and grow, because that’s the point – right?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PB: Ah, good question. This may be random (and I’ll undoubtedly change my mind 5 times in the next 5 minutes) but I absolutely love the song ‘State of Independence’ by Jon Anderson and Vangelis – it’s stunningly beautiful! If you haven’t heard it, get to it!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PB: Oh, so many – but I’m trying to not let the little things bother me. I wish people were more patient but maybe that’s a reflection of myself I see in them?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PB: Getting this album out for sure. To have the opportunity and to record and complete this to my satisfaction makes me feel unbelievably proud and fortunate. It’s great to be able to talk about it and I truly cannot wait to share it with people.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PB: The follow up album! It’s largely written, I’m just working with the guys on arrangements and we will soon start demoing these new songs all things being equal.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
PB: Sure, you can check out all our current and upcoming releases on our website: www.Princebishop.uk