Silverlight Shadows – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SS: We are a 3 piece grunged out high octane rock band with a punk edge from Melbourne Australia.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SS: We started in September 2015, I had a lot of songs ready to go so I got in contact with Dan (Bass) as we had talked about having a jam a while ago at a mutual friend’s party. We got together and jammed with drummer Rick, it was supposed to be a one off thing but the jam went pretty well so Dan & I caught up a few more times and got to know the songs. After that we had two more jams with Rick and headed to the studio to record the first album Silverlight Shadows. It was recorded in two days. Right after that we headed back to the studio and recorded our second album Headspace. We are about to release our new single Black the World in January 2020
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SS: I listen to a lot of music, lots of different styles so there are influences coming from all directions. The band I have listened to most over the last few years would be King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Both Dan (bass) and I grew up being heavily influenced by Australian bands like Magic Dirt, Tumbleweed, the Meanies Spiderbait, Melvins Nirvana etc. Definitely a lot of bands with fuzzed out guitars
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SS: Play show’s, tour and record and everything that goes with it. I would also like to try and get over to the U.S for SXSW in Austin, I reckon that would be a absolute blast. So many awesome bands in one city would be something to behold. Basically just get right in the faces of everyone and show them how to have a good fucking time. Another goal I have had is to play the Corner Hotel in Richmond Melbourne. I have seen hundreds of bands there over the years.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SS: I have written most of the song’s we have recorded on the first two albums and the new single. I usually take a song into the rehearsal and then we all work on it together bouncing ideas of each other. Our songs are about death, partying, hellrazin, mental Illness, society, computers taking over the earth, eating dinner with a flower fork being in a Detox centre and people I’ve encountered etc. Our bass player Dan has recently written some awesome tunes that we will be recording next. I will jump on bass for some of these and Dan will play guitar and sing.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SS: Online with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as through word of mouth at gigs and just meeting people, as well as taping flyers to power poles and things
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SS: If we’re talking about illegally that’s something I have never done and never will, but at the same time I don’t have a problem with it, I just want our music out there. If someone wants to listen to a song they are going to find it online somewhere anyway so they might as well download it for free. At the end of the day without people hearing your tunes what’s the fucking point.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
SS: I’m hopeful it will continue on stronger than ever. It seems these days bands need to get out there and do it themselves. Technology has made this a lot easier to do this. There’s a lot more music out there but also very easy to listen to pretty much any band you want quickly and easily.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SS: Honeybucket by the Melvins. It is one of the toughest riffs I’ve ever heard. The film clip is awesome as well, there playing in a barn or something with a heap of goats rocking out and crowd surfing and stuff.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SS: When you sitting at the bar and decide to go to the toilet or something, so you lean your barstool in on the bar which means it’s taken and you come back at some fucker is sitting on it.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SS: Releasing two albums in the space of eight months. Another highlight is playing gigs with musicians I grew up admiring & listening too and my previous band the Blue Swimmers won $10,000 cash in a battle of the bands that was pretty sweet.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
SS: We will be releasing our new single Black the World on 10th of January 2020 digitally. It is going to be released on a split 7’inch vinyl with our friends Monarchus. The launch show for this is Saturday 18th of Jan 2020 at the Last Chance Rock N Roll bar in Melbourne Australia. It’s going to be a huge night. If you like Fuzzy heavy rock then you should definitely be there.
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