Red Legs Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RL: We are a four piece Indie Rock group from Grand Rapids Michigan.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RL: Our influences are all over the place and change from album to album, song to song. For the most part we draw inspiration from major acts like Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon, to the more obscure bands like The Weeks and Gaslight Anthem.
Non-musicaly you could say were easily inspired by authors the likes of Steven King, photographer Annie Leibovitz and of course coffee. Lots of coffee.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RL: We could say all that stuff about stadiums and spending half the year on the road (and sure, that would be fantastic.) But I think we spend most of our day dreams in the basement. Writing the next album, the next song, the next lyric in hopes to connect to someone. To connect to our selves.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RL: The songs usually start with a cell phone recording of Logan playing an acoustic guitar and half singing an idea he has. After that, the band workshops it over and over. Adding our own riffs and fills.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RL: We make our rounds with social media but for the most part we can be pretty analog about promotion. Most of our shows are filled out by word of mouth, posters, and ticket pre-sales at what ever show we last played.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RL: For free? We’re against it. Stream the album, order a physical copy or even buy it on iTunes (itunes seems outdated already but hey if thats what you wanna do…)
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RL: Woof. there’s a few, but most recently Hozier’s “Nina Cried Power” has been at the top of my list. It’s an incredibly powerful composition that carries a true conviction and call to action.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RL: Broken guitar strings. It’s mostly our own fault when we lose a string or two during a set (thank what ever higher power you believe in for back up guitars) but man, I wish there was someone else to blame.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RL: Most shows feel like a new proudest moment but there’s nothing like the feeling of a crowd screaming lyrics back at you with the same anger you felt when you wrote it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
RL: Our new album Animal Bones was just released this fall so this winter has been all about prepping for the album cycle this spring and summer. Let’s just say you might get a few chances to see us in your home town…
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
RL: The Holiday Jam. We’re throwing a charity show benefiting Family Promise of Grand Rapids and we couldn’t be more excited about the amount of support building up to this awesome night. December 14th you can catch us in The Stache at The Intersection in Grand Rapids Michigan.
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