Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SP: Colour Rock – We got bored of the usual beige and grey colour scheme in modern indie, we decided to let loose and throw indie through the Dulux factory.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SP: We started out as a cover band in the South-West, and eventually decided to active our own creative brain cells and write our own music. We first wrote songs that we didn’t actually like, until we wrote ones that we did. The first one being ‘Already’. From then the sound of Sour Punch was born, expanding our technicolour sound into our first ep – What Came First.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SP: We have a very varied music taste between the three of us. Leyton, the guitarist, enjoys the music of the dads. U2 ect (he’s a self proclaimed super fan). Buck’s influence lies in the metal-sphere, fast and aggressive songs with a lot of double pedal that attacks the ears. That and goblin music. Tom, the vocalist, enjoys the sounds of the indie scene – from the greats such as Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, to up and coming bands such as the academic.
As for non-musical, we like Lenny Henry from the premiere inn advert, Mr Blobby, The Smell of cut grass and non-crispy socks.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SP: World domination (in a musical sence). As a band, we have always dreamed of playing on one of the larger stages as glastonbury, as we all grew up in somerset and it is close to home. Obviously as well as it’s probably the most popular music festival in the world. I also want to achive 60kg’s by the end of august.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SP: We are joint songwriters and all write and input into eachothers songs. We haven’t jumped onto the sad, break up song band wagon as of yet, as we want the atmosphere of our childishness and recent experiences portrayed into our music, with a lively and boysterous tone. Our music is somtimes angry, sometimes funny. But always catchy.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SP: We usually promote our shows by just being ourselves. We try and stray away from reels and reels of straight faced black and white photoshoots sitting on a graffiti covered wall. Over the years we have created silly adverts for our merch, enjoyed a Sour Punch cake in the park and given a tutorial on how to make the epic Sour Punch cocktail.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SP: It’s great for the listener, but Leyton is still homeless. In serious, streaming services have enabled the listener to listen between The Beatles and Nekrogoblikon within a few seconds. This also makes our music, and everybody elses, so much more accessible. But in the end, artists are being criminally underpaid for their art. And that needs to change.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SP: Buck has chosen ‘Sickle and Peace’ by Mastodon. “It’s a very well crafted song, and the vocal melodies used are very unique and not something I’ve ever heard”. Mclean has gone for ‘Rock n Roll Star’ from Oasis. “Nobody else could have written those lyrics. They’re so cocky, and capture everything about being a rockstar.” Tom has chosen ‘Different’ by The Academic. “The chorus of that song gives me goosebumps, it’s so easy to listen to, but it doesn’t take away the passion the song portrays”
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SP: McLean – People who chew with their mouth open, loUd eaters in general. “Yeah we get it, we know you’re eating”.
Tom – Badly placed wardrobes near bathroom doors. “I stub my toe daily on that mother f*cker”.
Buck – People who want to start their day with a bucket of chicken. “Read the sign, it says closed”
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SP: Leyton – Pink Lemonade being played on BBC radio introducing. “It was such a moment for me to hear our music back on something as noturious as bbc introducing”. Tom’s moment was our first EP launch in Manchester. “We spent months preparing for that show, and it didn’t dissapoint. We had a fantastic turn out, and the feeling of knowing that everyvody came to hear our music was Incredible”. Bucks moment was learning Panic Attack by Dream Theater in his bedroom as a teen. “I first heard it and thought no chance, then I learned it
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
SP: We had a single, paired with a music video, ready to roll out in May. However, we pressed pause on that as the demand for Pink Lemonade was so high! So we got in the studio and released that instead. But that song will be out by the end of the year! Then we’ll be getting back in the studio to finalise our next release. Get your lugs prepped!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SP: You can find all our music on all streaming servies! Including our latest singles; Run, Round Two, Cant Sleep and Pink Lemonade!