Solve The Nodus – Interview

Solve The Nodus – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (


PD: What type of artist are you?

STN: We are a band called Solve The Nodus, we are primarily an alt rock band with many punk, hard rock and metal influences within. We rap, sing and mosh. We play fully plugged and unplugged.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

STN: Solve The Nodus started as the Founder Daniel Reid being a solo artist. Daniel went through a trauma which triggered his mental health. He saw a guitar in a shop window and felt compelled to buy it, he then learnt a couple of covers to vent and it inspired him to song write. Daniel then recorded two tracks very simply as his musical talent was limited. He then took the songs to Ollie Robinson of Armistice records who was studying at the abbey road institute at the time and they worked together to create the vision and sound Daniel wanted them to be. When they were completed he reached out via Facebook to find and members and he met drummer Luke Holmes who liked the sound. Luke then brought Jordan Francis (bass) and Ben Upton (guitar) to a practice session and we all clicked straight away. Daniel was working on his third single which was a co write called “if i could” so we all went to the abbey road institute together to create the track! Since then we have written lots together and produced tracks from Bens home studio! With the next track coming December called “Demons”


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

STN: We are influenced by so many musicians and non musicians alike it would be so hard to name them all but the ones that stick out most have got to me; Enter Shakiri, Lower Than Atlantis, The All American Rejects, Rage Against The Machine, Papa Roach, Paramore, non musician wise we are influenced by our fans and people who struggle with mental health, homelessness and struggle in general.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

STN: To create music than inspires and heals, to unite people and to help people. To play sold out shows across the world while helping charities and starting up music schools to help people vent and survive just like it helped us.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

STN: We all write songs, so far it’s mainly been our frontman lyrically but we bring in instrumentals and as Dan says “they speak to me” and within minutes we have a new song. Some great, some not so but we always have great fun and a passionate practice playing them! They’re mostly so far about mental health, love and addiction but we have some great eps coming up talking about a wide array of things, one being your side, My side and the truth.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

STN: We promote heavily via social media with posts and Facebook live, Dan usually goes and busks and we all attend open mics and take tickets along with us! We regularly go onto radio shows and discuss music, our shows, mental health and homelessness.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

STN: I think it’s great! To be able to listen to your favourite music in an instant and where ever you go! It’s a great resource and means it’s available to the masses!


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

STN: Another sad song by Lower Than Atlantis, it speaks to us all on so many levels and is so passionate! It’s a great reminder that we all make mistakes and struggle!


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

STN: Music circles and their exclusivity! We believe everyone should have a fair shot because a lot of the best music we’ve heard has come from people they deem no bodies and with a chance and some confidence anything is possible! 


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

STN: For us, travelling to Manchester to perform for a lady with cancer for no reason other than to give her a great night and make her feel valued and cared about. Her reaction afterwards really solidified our aspirations and cause is much greater than our own wants. Music is so powerful and people just don’t understand what they can do in one show that will then put a smile on their face and imprint a happy memory which lasts a lifetime.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

STN: We are just about to release a single called “Demons” December the 13th! We are currently working on three eps of slightly different styles and emotions to really capture the messages we want to send out to people. 


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

STN: November the 29th at the lounge bar in Alton, 30th at the angel inn in Southampton, December the 6th at the Milton arms (Barn) in Portsmouth and then we have a break to record the eps and it’s then three dates in Feb and one in March between The wedgewood rooms Portsmouth, The loft in Portsmouth and the hobbit in Southampton which will be featuring some of the songs off the Ep. You should all be there because we give 2000% each show and every show is different. We engage with you, our singer dances with you, moshes with you if we decide to go rrreeeeaaallll heavy for a song or two, we dance with you and chat to you while the other bands are playing. We just want to have a great time with you and give you a night you’ll always remember. Come and join the passion 

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