Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: We’re a band that makes music to amuse ourselves and no-one else. We flit between genres repeatedly during our live shows and recordings, and like to think that we’re getting pretty good at not sounding like the majority of bands in the circuit. Whether you like what we do or not, we reckon you’ll at least find what we do interesting!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
S: Familiar story really: 4 guys from Coventry, played in several bands together and separately over the years, and decided to get together and try something new in 2014. We did have another singer when we started, but found we were more focused as a 4-piece in terms of what kind of sounds we wanted to make. This version of the band released the 6-track E.P ‘Look Out!’ in 2018, and the full-length album ‘Red Jacket’ during lock-down in 2020 on Mains Spike Records.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: We honestly don’t agree on a lot of influences as a collective; we think that’s what kind of makes us work, the melting pot of ideas and influences. We tend to agree on bands like The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Hawkwind & The 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster though.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: To be seen and respected for what we are; a band who don’t ride the coat-tails of trends, and walk our own path.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: We all write Superhooch songs; sometimes apart but usually together. Music comes first, lyrics come afterwards. The latest album ‘Red Jacket’ organically became a bit of a concept album about what it means to be a flawed man in uncertain times. You write about what you know at the end of the day!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: Honestly, we kind of don’t. We hate forcing the band on uninterested people, kind of having this romantic ideal of ‘people will find us if they’re meant to’. It’s stupid really, and we probably should play the game more, but the game is rigged and social media likes don’t exactly mean punters buying tickets or records!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: It’s soulless, it’s killing music and we all do it because it’s easier. (Check out our new live album on our Bandcamp)!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: Every one of us would have a different answer, but as a band I (Johnny) reckon we should have written ‘Man in the Jar’ by Alex Harvey because it’s got everything that we love: big riffs, dancehall swagger, drawling vocals and a mash of styles throughout.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: Our bass player, who we call Peeve.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: All our proudest moments honestly involve getting proper in-depth feedback from people who watch us, get us and end up following us. We don’t do this for other people, but when someone really gets our music, it’s a real buzz.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: The world and live music scene has been decimated over the last year; all we’re working on is getting back into gig-ready mode and getting out there again so we can give ‘Red Jacket’ the push it deserves. We’re also making a DIY music video movie for the record, filming and editing the whole thing ourselves. The plan is to make a video for each track, we’ve got 4 out so far, all on YouTube.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
S: Our records ‘Look Out!’ & ‘Red Jacket’ are available on all the usual streaming platforms; our new Live Album ‘Live & Fiendish’ is out on Bandcamp now. You can also buy CD’s of ‘Look Out’ from our Big Cartel page, Red Jacket will be out on CD with beautiful artwork soon. Also, our YouTube channel is heaving with music videos and a full mockumentary about our eventual break up with our old singer.
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