Stay For Tomorrow – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

SFT: We are a four piece alt/rock band! Our line up consists of Joe MacFarlane (vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Nic Holson (lead guitarist), Sean Priestley (drummer) and Ollie Cobbett (bassist).


PD: Tell us the brief history about yourself.

SFT: Joe met Nic after performing an acoustic set at a local music venue. Some time later Joe brought a bunch of acoustic songs he had written to Nic to arrange them to work with a full band. Nic invited Sean, a fellow bandmate of a different musical project, to record drums for a few tracks. Nic and Sean both expressed their interest to join forces with Joe to create a band and started to work on a set list worth of songs. We then looked for a bassist and found Ollie who we really gelled with and we became Stay For Tomorrow!


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

SFT: Some of our favourite bands are; Paramore, Black Stone Cherry, Creed and Stereophonics! We could spend a whole interview just talking about all of our musical influences as they are vast and varied. As for non-musical influences our families are all so supportive of what we do and their love and support is definitely something that spurs us on to do what we love and follow our dreams. The biggest influence on what our songs are about are things we experience in our day to day lives, we want our music to be as real and raw as possible.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

SFT: Playing bigger venues, playing outside of Scotland/UK, gaining more fans, playing gigs with our favourite artists/heroes and making more music.

Ultimately we would love to get to a place we are able to make a living from our music.


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

SFT: Originally it was Joe from when he and Nic started to arrange his songs. However, as time has passed, we have all contributed to the writing process in some form – whether that be full songs, lyrics, riffs etc. Each song we have written has had a different writing process which has created fresh sounds and ideas. Our songs are about a variety of things; relationships, self growth and mental health to name a few. They are written from personal and exaggerated experiences whilst being relatable and dive deep into the emotions of each story they tell.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

SFT: Social media, word of mouth and local radio stations! We are in the process of decorating our band HQ and once we are done we will be getting a lot more active with our YouTube channel and may even be entering the world of streaming.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? 

SFT: There are definitely pros and cons for sure! For starters it gives artists like ourselves the ability to reach a much larger audience all over the world! Having every song available at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere, is something unimaginable if we were still in the days of CD’s/LP’s! Plus we wouldn’t get nearly as much exposure! Fans are alerted when their favourite bands have released something new and it means they never miss out which is amazing! As for cons, there’s definitely something special about that tangible music collection, which is sadly becoming something of the past! But if we’re talking about streaming songs, the biggest one has to be the amount artists are paid per stream. Having music so accessible is fantastic but do make sure to support your favourite artists! So if you can, go to that gig, buy the songs and check out the merch table!


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

SFT: This is such a difficult question. Say for example we said something like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, that would mean that Queen wouldn’t have written it and therefore it wouldn’t have influenced so much music that has come since. Therefore the Stay For Tomorrow ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ would be a very different beast (and for the record would be nowhere near as brilliant) as the Queen version.

Perhaps we are thinking a little bit too deeply into this question but maybe we are happy that other people wrote our favourite songs because it means we are able to have them as influences for our own music. Ideally we want to write songs like some of our favourites that have stood the test of time.


PD:What are some of your pet peeves?

SFT: At practice when we are tuning our guitars then Sean decides he’s going to blast the kick as hard as he can. Unorganised gig organisers and bands that leave immediately after they have played and don’t support the other acts on the bill.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

SFT: So far it’s when we headlined King Tut’s Wah Wah hut – a venue that was on the bucket list that we’re proud to have played at.


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

SFT: Promoting our new single, getting gigs booked and securing filming locations for music video shoots. We have been doing a lot of background work on our live sets too; so when you see Stay For Tomorrow live, you’re not just going to a venue just to see four guys play some instruments, you’re going to a show!


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

SFT: So far we have released three singles; Kings and Queens, Rumours and Criminal. These are available on all major digital stores and streaming platforms.

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