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Sta Prest – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

Dick – Essentially we’re a pop band rooted in the late 70’s mod revival and punk scenes. With a 40 year absence those roots have grown and picked up a lot of influence from the pop and rock movements in between.

 

PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.

Dick – I have been in bands from the age of 13 and started writing songs from around 16. Sta Prest formed in ‘77 and we found ourselves signed to Ronnie Scott’s and had major labels all over us. It wasn’t meant to be and after a hiatus, a bloody long one at that, a combination of lockdowns and turning 60 resurfaced some old songs and fond memories. We decided to give Sta Prest the debut album they never quite got around to.

 

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

Jay – This is gonna sound incredibly cheesy but Dick! Hearing the story was so compelling and I knew we had to do SOMETHING. It started with the mini documentary when we received the old songs from the Abbey Road vault (you can watch it here – https://youtu.be/zxrp_XylxEc). As soon as we hit the studio the juices started flowing and before we knew it an album was being made.

Dick – Thinking back to my youth bands like The Records, Dr Feelgood and The Jam were key influences but it would be fair to say that Jay and Jack (Murphy – Crystal Sound Studios) have really changed the way I approach writing and recording and have helped to make this record a lot more progressive than anything I’ve ever done.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

Dick – For me I just want to continue to write and record records and play some fantastic shows in between, just like when I was 16!

Jay – We’ve toured pretty extensively together across Europe in other projects and I would love to take this record out to places like Germany for some shows. The crowds are second to none and the venues and promoters really care about their bands in a way I’ve not experienced anywhere else in the world.

 

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

Dick – I’m the main writer for Sta Prest. I think of them more as short stories and the music is just a vessel to tell these. For example the single we put out ‘Punk Rock Stephen’ is a tongue in cheek tale of a punk rocker who looks like a famous footballer (naming no names) and ‘Five Thirty’ is written as a follow up to The Kinks classic ‘Waterloo Sunset’. It’s all about the story for me!

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

Jay – How does anyone these days? It’s all about beating the algorithms but that’s no easy task! Social media can be any bands best friend but quite often it turns into your worst enemy. Thankfully with Roman at Hinterhof and the team at Roughtrade the response has been fantastic. It helps having made some strong bonds with our audience through other projects. We are a family and they support us like family. I’m so thankful for that.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

Dick – It’s lovely that anyone anywhere has access to music but with that comes challenges to any musician trying to make a living from this. Streaming is a non profit venture for anyone but the company hosting and that’s wrong.

Jay – Although I’m of the age where streaming is key I long for a return to physical releases. I love vinyl, I love being able to pay my money and hold the thing that I’ve splurged on. Really now streaming is just a way of getting people to shows where they can buy a physical product and make a physical connection. After the global bastard kicking around for the last two years it’s created a weird state of purgatory. Live shows are the heart, streaming is the lungs, you need both but at the minute the live scene needs defibrillating!

 

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

Dick – ‘So Sorry’ by The Records, in my opinion the best pop song ever written!

Jay – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ because it would have bought me a mansion and who doesn’t love the opera!

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

Jay – I think it’s clear to see that the inequality of streaming is one of them. Also those guys at shows that tell you how great it was when they were clearly outside having a smoke… those guys can do one!

Dick – Venues that expect musicians to play for nothing or at a loss! Record labels, who do the same and musical snobs!

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

Dick – My proudest moment is first playing the song ‘Mr Jack’ with my German based punk band CRYSSIS in front of 40,000 people in Dresden supporting Die Artze. We finished and the crowd kept singing… that was pretty moving and magical.

Jay – Playing in a band with your father in law is pretty special right? Normally people avoid their in-laws at all costs but I only married to get closer to Dick! I joke of course. It’s pretty special to have found the connection we have and that makes me proud. Touring throughout the years makes me proud too. Seeing the UK, EU and US and the different responses to music in those places fascinates me.

 

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

Jay – Right now it’s all about promoting ‘Shadow Boy’. It’s one hell of an album and I just want to get it in as many ears as possible.

Dick – I’m already thinking about album number 2. The writing process never stops for me and I already have some material that I think will make up the next release.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

Jay – ‘Shadow Boy’ is available digitally right now on all platforms, just search for Sta Prest. We are looking at a physical reissue later in the year with maybe some bonus content so follow our socials to keep up to date on that.

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