Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TC: It’s hard to pin point what type of artist we are really, we have different styles each member of the group and different music tastes. If I was to say on the top my head we are in the mould of a Smiths/ the la’s and with a touch of Strokes.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TC: We formed in 2016 which at the time was just me, Steve and Sean but then a little bit later in 2017 Mark and Josh joined forces with us too. We then recorded two eps over the next couple of years in Sheffield with the brilliant Alan Smyth who has worked previously with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Richard Hawley to name a few. We had BBC airplay from both of those eps (Real Emotion) and (A Certain Quackery) which we were so grateful for, we never expected that at all. We also worked with a friend of ours Danny Gruff ( a singer and producer himself) on two singles back in 2020. We have headlined Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield in recent years also supporting the likes of The Primitives and The Peach Fuzz.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TC: My influences vary all the time but without doubt The Beatles have had the biggest influence on me in my life, I would never have picked up a guitar without them (it’s their fault 😂). Steve’s would be The Smiths, Josh – Pink Floyd, Mark – The Clash and Sean probably Bros (the eighties pop duo)… just kidding Arctic Monkeys. I’m not sure about the others with non musical influences but mine would definitely be Winona Ryder. A lot of the songs I have written have either been inspired or have lyrical Easter eggs that are a nod to her work. I’ve had a nostalgic feeling for her ever since I watched Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands as small child.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TC: The dream really is to keep building a fanbase and get our music out to as many people as we possibly can. We love gigging obviously and we would like to play festivals but it’s all about grabbing somebodys attention with fingers crossed that enough people like what we do. That is the goal!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TC: I tend to write the majority of the songs in full on my acoustic and then the rest of the lads make it sound a thousand times better. We do have occasions for example when Steve has brought a riff like in our song (People Can Change) and we all work on that and try build a song around it. But every single member brings something to the table it’s a great way of working.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TC: We promote by simply blagging and ramming our shows down the throats of as many people as we can 😂. In all seriousness once again it’s a group effort and we all have specific jobs in the band that go towards promoting events and our music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TC: I think it’s great! Every song I could possibly want is at a click of a button. I have discovered so much great music I would never of stumbled across if it wasn’t for the online world. I get the fact there is a downside to it in particular artists not getting paid what they think they should for the streams and listeners etc but I’m all for progressing, finding new ways to get new music out there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TC: That’s a tough question! I’ve often thought if I had a time machine which songs I would steal off other artists and make them as my own. I would leave The Beatles alone for starters (too many to choose) but the one I would pick is…. I’m gonna go for Gary Numan & Tubeway Army – My Friends Electic? Simply because it just doesn’t age at all, it’s timeless! I would love to just blow people minds playing it live and see their reactions for the first time.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TC: I’ve got a lot of them, I am miserable sod.
: People who use the word “Meh”.
: When I ask for a plain hamburger in McDonald’s and I’m still left with cheese or gerkins to deal with.
: That friend who never buys a round in the pub when it’s their turn!
: People who tell long jokes and don’t get to the punchline until 10 mins in and by that time your already wondering what your having for you tea.
I could literally be here all day but I won’t bore you anymore.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TC: We have had our music played on the BBC Janice Long Show which absolutely blew us away. We are just grateful for people giving us the time of day to check our music out and if they like it that is even better, it means a lot. Also to everybody who comes to watch and support us live we thank them all!!!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
We are always working on new material which we hope to record in the coming months. We are fully focused at the minute on getting our two new singles out there. They are called (The Narrative) which is released on the 11th of February and in May Friday the 13th (Unlucky date for some ha) we will be releasing (Bugbear) both songs recorded with Alan Smyth in 2Fly Studios Sheffield.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TC: All of our music you can find in the usual places Spotify, ITunes, Amazon and Souncloud etc.