Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Chris (Dennett, Vocals and Guitar): Alternative Rock, Punk, Post Punk, Heavy Rock. There’s something for every rock fan, hopefully you can bang your head one minute or sing along to a catchy chorus the next minute.
Rob (Burns, Bass): I’ve been slowly trying to bring more technical song writing and heaviness to the band for a while now, so I’m sneaking in a bit more Alexisonfire and Defeater than Chris would probably like!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Chris: After a few years of playing with some other local bands, I had material written that didn’t really gel with the overly pop punk style I was surrounding myself with, as it was much darker and heavier, so I started Radio Aftermath in 2014 a to bring those songs to life and to better control the sound and style of the band.
We gigged regularly around Leeds making a little name for ourselves locally, until around 2017 when all members bar myself decided to leave, some wanted to go travelling, some couldn’t afford the travel to Leeds for rehearsals, and some just couldn’t be arsed anymore.
That’s when I got Rob onboard, we’d known each other for quite a few years now, he actually covered for our bassist a few times in the past when he couldn’t make gigs, so it felt right to ask him to be in the band, I say ask, I told him to turn up to a few rehearsals so we could jam, it wasn’t until a few months later I asked him if he actually wanted in… Luckily he said yeah (laughs).
Fast forward to Jack (Craven, Drums) and Sam (Moran, Guitar) joining. Things couldn’t be better, we’ve gotten more done and accomplished in the last two years even with a global pandemic happening, than we have the whole 8 years the band has been going!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Rob: I have loads of musical influences, when I was first starting out my world began and ended with Nirvana. Since then, I’ve gone all over the place from folk and singer songwriter stuff to post hardcore and extreme metal. Right now, I’m loving La Dispute, Jamie Lenman (and his old band Reuben), Every Time I Die, Explosions in the Sky and Defeater!
Non-musically I’m a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut and sneak a few references to his works into song titles and the like!
Sam (Moran, Guitar): I think there’s a bunch of shared musical influences which always helps, but between us we love all sorts. As far as non-musical influences: We’ve been using 80’s/90s wrestling quotes for working names for songs… and a few have stuck.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Rob: World domination would be nice; I’d like a secret Volcano lair. Short term we just want to get heard by as many people as possible. Keep increasing the streams, releasing new music and building a genuine fanbase.
Sam: It would be great if we could just write and play our music, quit the day job, and do this full time. We all love performing, and we all really loved travelling about in our little van on tour too, so making a full year or two of that would be class.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Rob: Musically we all chime in. It was very important to me and Chris that everyone gets their input. We’ve both been in bands in the past where it felt like there was a clear leader and the rest of the band were just going through the motions. Sometimes you need a guy to take charge and say this is how it’s going to be. Luckily, we’ve not experienced that kind of communication breakdown. (Yet!)
Chris handles the lyrical content and the themes are all over the place, covering breakups, breakdowns, the end of the world. And all points in between.
Sam: Jack and I joined a little later, so it was great to see the stuff the band was already working on and have input on it. Within a few weeks of the line-up coming together the group chat was full of riff ideas which still seems to be the most successful way we’ve written songs. After that it’s worked out either in person, or through sending ideas/demos to each other to be roasted.
One day after we’ve sold out and all fallen out with each other we’ll put the voice notes into a massive collection to sell, or maybe we’ll just NFT it. Whichever is more profitable.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Rob: Spamming everyone and everywhere we can with links to shows! We’re on all the social media platforms and post about all our stuff there as well. Sometimes when I have enough notice and patience, I fire up photoshop and knock up some physical posters to go old school with it!
Sam: A lot of it is screaming into the void on social media, but it’s pretty difficult to meet any of us and not be told about a gig that we’re playing soon.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Rob: I love how easily it allows people to access us, it means we’ve been heard all over the world even though we’re a tiny band! The compensation model right now is fucked though, and I’m not sure if that will ever be resolved in my lifetime. Right now, though we’re more bothered about reach than income and just want people to give us a go!
Sam: It’s great – The best money I spend each month is on Spotify. As a consumer, I’m so happy music’s become as accessible as it is. Bit of a shitter that no one gets paid anymore, like, but we’ll take it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Rob: Anything by Every Time I Die. Also, Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade, then I’d be living in a Christmas Tree shaped mansion eating yule log for every meal.
Sam: As a prisoner in this capitalist dystopia, we’re all suffering through it would be great to have written shape of you. It’s a shame I can’t stand the song, but I don’t reckon Ed can like it that much by this point either. If I’m pretending i have integrity, Bat out of hell is still an absolute bonkers masterpiece.
Rob: I was clearly thinking about my integrity with Slade…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Rob: I am very impatient. We have a song due out May 6th, which has been queued up for a month and I’ve been climbing the walls about it. So, my biggest peeve is having to play the waiting game, and that is a much larger part of being a band than anyone ever tells you!
Sam: Copper tables in bars and pubs. You lean on them and stink of copper. Chris used to work in a great pub that was ruined by tables that you could smell for days after visiting.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Rob: My old metal band won the Metal 2 the Masses and got to play Bloodstock a few years ago. That was a big deal for me. It’s been all downhill since then…
Sam: The music we’ve put out together and the music we’ve got coming out is pretty much the only time I’ve made music that I really enjoy listening back to. I’m dead proud of what we’ve managed to put together given the circumstances of the past couple years, and I can’t wait for people to hear the new stuff.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Rob: We have a new single out on Friday (May 6th) called Cup of Coffee in the Big Time. Give yourself a round of applause if you get the reference! As well as that we’ve got the rest of our EP on the way, date to be confirmed as soon as we finish mixing it. We’re not far off now though!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Rob: We have a few singles out there currently. Kiss From a Rebel was first, then We Eat the Buffalo and Estranged. You can get them all from Bandcamp, or pretty much every streaming platform under the sun. Cup of Coffee is joining them soon, and then the rest of the EP will be up soon!
There’s also a host of stuff on our YouTube that’s worth checking out! It’s where I dump all my post rock instrumental ideas that don’t fit on our main releases.
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