Pterodactyl Problems – Interview

Pterodactyl Problems – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

PP: We’re a heavy alt-rock band leaning towards heavy rock and metal musically, and with lyrics often bordering on suicidal. Cus they’re killer – get it? No, but seriously, we’re a group that really enjoys getting onstage and fuckin giving it because if it’s not rock and roll what the hell is it?


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

PP: All of us met in middle school in grade seven. We were all musicians by the time we got there, and the school was basically a free for all, so we all had a lot time to jam and work on music together. Eventually we had written our first few songs together and recorded them, but as you do when you play in a middle school band, we quickly disbanded after that.

Fast forward to 2017, we played a reunion show at a little gathering and we’ve been playing shows and wiring new music non-stop since.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

PP: Our musical influences go all the way from musical theatre to heavy metal, and none of us actually share many influences at all. Oliver likes Revocation, Ciaran likes Cole Porter. Davey likes Pearl jam, Jack likes Black Sabbath. They said it would never work, but look at us now…

…. Where are we now, anyway?

None of us would ever agree on what our non-musical influences are. They’re pretty all over the place.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

PP: To become rich and famous.

Not really. We all just really want to make a living with our music one day. It’s one thing that all of us have been doing for a really long time, so that would probably be a great place to end up.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

PP: All of our songs are arranged together by Pterodactyl Problems. Jack and Ciaran often bring ideas to the table and Davey writes all of our lyrics. A lot of songs on our new record ‘Esoteric Hobbies’ are acoustic songs previously written by Davey and have been heavily modified – and as we like to say, “rock-ified” – by the rest of the band.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

PP: Posters. Like literally hundreds of posters. Old school marketing works.

And also we have a social media manager. @pterodactylproblems 😉


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

PP: It is the best thing that has ever happened.


PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

PP: I mean it’s kind of a nightmare actually, but it is what it is, and we try to do the best we can with it. We made this record because, first and foremost, we wanted to see what we’re actually capable of. None of us had many aspirations or expectations of making money off this record, so the idea that we even could is pretty novel. I think we just have to keep doing what we love and writing music that makes us happy, and it’ll work out.


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

PP: Whatever the most profitable song in the world has been. Probably something by Michael Jackson?


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

PP: Grumpy sound engineers.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

PP: Getting the final master back from our upcoming record. It’s definitely the most collaborative thing we’ve ever worked on, and it felt great to have something we poured so much energy and time into finally finished.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

PP: Our next show is our album release party at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on March 8th. It is going to be a ridiculous and rabble rousing event, full of lovely people and rocking bands. The Reed Effect, Satanic Mills, and Bodhi Jar will be joining us to construct a night of invigorating and titillating performances. We promise it’s not a night you want to miss


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