The Book Club – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TBC: We’re a two piece indie dreampop band based in Manchester, but originally from Buckinghamshire area


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TBC: We met at the National Youth Music Camp at the age of 14 and have been good pals ever since. We’ve both always had a strong passion for music since we were young and from the first time we met we’ve always worked well together. We started the band in January 2020 just before the pandemic, which in a way came at the right time, as it allowed us to discover who we wanted to be as a band and actually get some tunes written and begin to grow our fanbase.


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

TBC: We both have similar musical influences now. Taking heavy reference and inspiration from acts like: The Night Cafe, Wolf Alice, Tame Impala. But we also have individual artists that we aspire to individually, such as Cavetown for Em and Frank Ocean for Jake.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TBC: We hope to positively influence the world by tackling stigmatized social issues such as: mental illness and LGBTQ+ difficulties. Normalising our personal struggles with these issues and creating a safe, inclusive fanbase that lots of people can relate to and feel accepted. We dream for as many people to hear our music as possible and hopefully get to a stage in our careers where our music can help influence others and make people feel good about themselves.


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

TBC: Lyrically speaking, the majority of the songs are written by Em, with heavy input and suggestions from Jake throughout the writing process. Pursuit of Happiness is about the problems with looking for what makes you happy. The main theme of the song concentrates on living in the moment, as the constant pursuit of happiness is pointless if you never stop to notice you have already made it. Our other songs, that are on their way, tackle mental illness, coping with heartbreak, and accepting yourself for who you are.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TBC:Our main social media platform used is Instagram, and we use stories, posts and reels to promote our future shows and our songs. Over the pandemic, social media was the only way to promote ourselves while everyone was still stuck inside, and we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from the various platforms available.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TBC: As long as the artists and musicians involved are being credited and paid for their work, downloading music online is perfectly okay, but when these people are having their work robbed or ripped off, the action of pirating their hard work is not morally correct.


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

TBC: I (Em) would have loved to write ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles. This song is a perfect ballad, heartbreaking lyrics, catchy melody that can sit in your head for years, and was beautifully performed. Myself (Jake) would have loved to write ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears for Fears. The song just makes me feel a certain way and there’s so many beautiful things about it: the ridiculous drum beat, vocal melodies, feel good synth parts, guitar riffs, I just struggle to find a flaw.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TBC: I (Em) cannot stand people who do not support other musicians. We are all in the same boat and every bit of support can mean the world to an artist. Undermining and being unsupportive of other musicians is never going to help your music career, so why not just be happy of their success and support them? I (Jake) really don’t understand people who find a way to moan about everything, especially when it’s not necessary at all. There’s always going to be a person who’s in a worse situation than yourself, but they just get on with it without complaining. Life’s too short, so just get on with it


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TBC: The moment in our first ever live performance, when the crowd was shouting for us to carry on playing. Knowing that our music was actually appreciated by more than just the band and those involved in its development. Being asked to play an encore, and to repeat our last song was a high that I don’t think could ever be matched. The past year and starting the band has produced so many beautiful moments: from working with some incredible people and playing some incredible venues, it’s really difficult to pick out one. But for me, the proudest moment for me has to be proving people wrong, especially when it comes to playing live, quite a few people have judged us or formed an impression based on us without even hearing us live.


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

TBC: We are currently pushing our latest release ‘Pursuit of Happiness’, and we are finishing off the production and mixing/mastering process of our EP due to come out in 2022. We have also continued with our consistent writing process, and have a few more songs in the making!


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

TBC: Pursuit of Happiness is our latest single, and is available on all streaming platforms as well as on iTunes. We are also selling limited edition cassette tapes of ‘POH’ on our bandcamp page soon! Follow our socials to keep updated! And stream ‘Pursuit of Happiness’

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