Interview with Rich Gill (Bass) of Religion Of Tomorrow and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RG: We are a 4 piece rock band from West Cumbria, we don’t have a sound alike, each song is very different and this will be evident with the new single ‘United We Fall’ its funky and energetic and almost pop!!! Then in later releases where you will hear ‘The Charmer’ which is full on heavy guitars and a dark subject!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RG: We released our debut album ‘In Theory’ in 2013 which was a kind of forced effort, without a drummer and no sight of one we wrote the majority of the album at a home studio setup and the drums where programmed to suit by the producer, this led to us signing a 2 single deal with an independent label that failed to deliver with the final straw being the collapse of an extensive US tour pushed us into hiatus, in 2018 after numerous babies we decided we had unfinished business manged to recruit Sam (Current Drummer) and start producing the music we should have been making.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RG: We have varied tastes and influences as the band is spread across a large variation of age groups, we write, co-produce all our own material as well as design all of our art, merch and even make our own videos (Apart from one) so we have influences right through every medium, I think guitar music being the biggest.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RG: To not find being in the industry so difficult, a spell of flowing releases followed up by maybe a tour, to play regular would be great, anything futher than that would probably a large festival, our material cries out for that large audience so we live in hope?
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RG: The songs are usually developed in rehearsals from an idea? A riff sometimes even a beat and can alter various times before what becomes the final song but we all have a hand in the writing these days, back on ‘In Theory’ a lot of this came from Karl (Vocals/Guitar) and Jordan (Guitar). Subjects vary and are usually open to interpretation, for instance ‘United We Fall’ is mainly about the state of the world we live in but while delays have caused it to take longer than we expected to release this has taken on more meaning from things like race issues, climate change and very much so the pandemic! Then mentioning ‘The Charmer’ the dark matter mentioned previously is about Ted Bundy!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RG: We have always tried to get our head around social media but have admitted defeat so for the new releases we have brought in the pros and are currently working with SaN PR, which hopefully will get us to more peoples ears more often.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RG: Its the norm now, spotify etc is in control, I cant say I appreciate that business model, our art is worth more than they pay and eventually it will destroy the grass roots industry, this is unless a fairer way can be worked out?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RG: Baby Shark? Gangnem Style?$£$£$£ Lol Its a sad time we live in when songs like that have billions of listens (or views) we don’t do covers so I guess quite honestly we are writing the songs we wish we could write.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RG: Fakers in the industry, the bring 50 paying people and you can play (50 people from ur home town an watch us in our home town) or the wannabe promoter putting on the festival that never happens, its happened to us a few times and really lets down the genuine folk in the industry.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RG: We are still very much developing and have lots of steps to take to get to the best answers to this question, we really haven’t achieved what we want yet, being from Cumbria its a huge place with a small population and is an hour and a half from anywhere so we need to break through barriers to get our music heard, hopefully ‘United We Fall’ will kick start this?
This may seem a bit understated but its what drives us!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
RG: We have 2 masters and one mix out of 6 tracks ready, then will be released over the next few months maybe taking us into spring/summer 2022, so the aim is to improve our profile and fine tune us as a product to hit the festivals in 2022.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RG: 1 Album (In Theory) , 6 singles (Feed The Lies/Glass/Cant Have It All/Next Time/Winter and No Protocol, with United We Fall out Oct 1st all available on the usual platforms, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all of our videos are available on our youtube channel.
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