Softcore Suicide – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SS: We play a melancholic combination of hard rock, metal and punk. Kind of like 80’s Alice Cooper married with modern metal.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SS: The band was first formed back in 2014 out of the ruins of an old band called Sweet Rosie. Four friends had a similar view of the world and had similar frustrations that had to be let out. After a couple of member changes, we have now ended up with the current line-up. The road to this day has never been easy, and it feels like we always have to do and learn everything through the hard way. Somehow we’ve still managed to get forward and here we are today waiting for the next challenges.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SS: Our musical influences are quite extensive ranging all the way from country music to black metal and we think that’s a really good thing. Mixing up elements from different genres is always fun. We like to see horror movies and hear stories about that kind of stuff and probably those can be heard in the music as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SS: We want to make awesome new songs and play a lot of shows and of course get ourselves heard. A big dream and a goal for a long time has been releasing a full-length album.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SS: We try to do as much cooperation as possible. Usually someone has prepared a musical raw idea for a song and then we chop it up together and turn the idea into a complete song. Many times the lyrics spring from Petri’s dreams that he wakes up to and writes down.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SS: Mostly it happens on social media and sometimes we print posters for the gigs. Old-fashioned ways haven’t died yet.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SS: It has its good and bad sides. The world of music consumption has changed and we need to keep up with it. As cool as the physical mediums are, the digital streaming and downloading is so much simpler to use and carry with you. We are going to release a physical CD anyway ’cause it’s one of our long-term dreams. We are not calculating what makes the most financial sense at this point.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SS: Maybe Hardcore Superstar – Don’t Mean Shit. When we heard this song for the first time we thought “damn this could be our song” because it reminded us of our own stuff. And it’s a good song!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SS: It’s hard to think about one because we try to stay open-minded. Maybe the modern production styles that almost everyone seems to promote and use. We like the classic style of recording: live with real equipment and minimal computer edits. Someday we’ll probably go to a studio that has the option of recording to analog tape.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SS: Hard to think of only one but besides every gig that went super well, every time we spend time together we feel proud. It’s awesome that we have stuck together through all the hard times and done what we do. This is more like a way of life than “just a band”.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SS: Now we are just writing new stuff because almost all gigs have been cancelled. It’s sad but it is what it is. We are working on our debut album that we hope to get ready at the end of this year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SS: We have all our songs available on most streaming services and if you’d like to have a physical copy of our EP “Trail of Drama”, you can send us a message on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help!
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