Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
RP: In the deep dark void of space, an ancient primordial evil sleeps but every million years it births a blight onto the universe to which no sentient life can fathom, we are the band that writes about it hahaha
We are three greasy humans(?) that are just looking to play some rock n roll.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
RP: Nate is from New Zealand and has been drumming since he was a 6-year-old karate expert, came to Canada, and has played in a bunch of bands with us and other people. Benny has been crushing the guitar since he was a wee lad in punk bands and blues rock bands and metal bands. I (Jayme) was kinda born into it even though I didn’t take it too seriously until I was mid-teens, I used to be babysat by joey shithead (DOA) and my dad was in a metal band (Iron Gypsy) so I guess I’ve had metal and punk in my blood from the start. As for us getting together it’s kinda the 3 points of separation haha me and benny were in a band for a while (Lust Boys) and then That fell apart, I started a band with Nate (The Toxiks) and that lasted a few years, Nate and Benny had a band (Diamond Spider) and then we were all like “Fuck it, let’s do something together” and that’s what happened, we just started writing a lot!
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?
RP: We use a lot of outside inspiration when it comes to our tunes, we don’t always just write about music stuff and theory n all that. Most of the time we just write about what we are into, sci-if, comics, fantasy, some cool space shit. We don’t really limit ourselves, just kinda let it all spill out and see what happens.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
RP: Wanna write tunes I wanna hear, and hopefully, it’ll take me to some cool new places I would have never been! Maybe leave a legacy like the New York Dolls hahaha but that’s like asking for the moon! I’d just be happy to do it and keep having a blast. No need to be greedy, too many “rock” artists just want money and write shit with that in mind. That usually makes really shitty rock n roll. I mean if you can make money and still make kick-ass rock n roll then fuck yeah!!! Hahaha
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
RP: Mine would probably be supporting Hank Von Hell on his last Vancouver date ever. He was amazing and such a presence. There will never be anyone like him ever again. And the crowd loved us so there’s that hahaha
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?
RP: Ahhhhh that is the worst part I think! I mean I usually find bands I love through friends and stumbling upon them but I know it’s super necessary to promote but I suck at it haha and with all these pay to be seen social media apps and to many limits on the reach it gets super frustrating but we work with a wicked guy (Jon Asher) that helps us get the word out so we are pretty lucky!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
RP: We usually go thru our PR people and just do some stuff ourselves and friends help too, so it’s a family thing for us. We help each other. As for our stuff coming up, we just got off a Tour with our buds Deadwolff and we have some stuff in the work with some festival dates but can’t say anything yet haha but check our Instagram and Facebook for details!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
RP: Downloading music is just the way people do it now, hard copies are for collectors and music enthusiasts but the average person just wants to listen to it on their phone so there’s that. But when it comes to streaming, I think it’s a natural progression but it would be nice if the artist got what they deserve, getting the music out there is great but it’s not cheap so here’s looking at you Spotify!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RP: Basically any Hanoi Rock, Motörhead, New York Dolls hahaha
They made all the songs that people are just recycling today. Like all of them! Oh and maybe Slade!! Hah!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
RP: I would like a teleportation thing, flights and driving can get a little much sometimes haha I don’t really like the battle of the bands and those singing shows, I mean it gives inflated ideas of what is “good”. If David Lee Roth went on one of those shows he wouldn’t make it but he’s the fucking dude! Like, imagine if jello Biafra was on one? It’s just a ridiculous way of grading music and it shouldn’t be around. Most of the greats are great cause they are different and that’s what makes good tunes is the individual sounds not this fucking contrived “reality” BS, don’t let some tv show tell you what is good. Go find it for yourself.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
RP: Just released “Lesson In Love” and it’s going amazing! People are eating it up! So stoked for the outpouring of support and love hahaha pun intended. At the moms, we are starting to write again but we never actually stop writing so that’s not new but we already have some deadly art and demos and some other new awesome things in the works! But it’s all hush hush right meow cause we don’t wanna spoil the surprise hahaha
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
RP: We are all on socials and we are easy to talk to, don’t shy away from anybody that digs our tunes! As for all the updates and your stuff and merch and News…that’s easy!
Keep it greasy and don’t forget to TRASH N ROLL!!!!
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