Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TDO. I think we fly the flag of Heavy Stoner Pop whilst trying to connect the dots between 60s Psychedelia,70s bar soaked blues and some 90s Indie Rock. Also a big love for slow and heavy drums, backwards guitars with an ear-worm of chorus for good measure.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TDO. Myself and brother Matt had previously run bars and pubs and at the end of the night would always set up drum kits and plug in whatever instruments we had to hand. We’d experiment with various analog effects and make some twisted sonic noises until daylight showed it’s face. We had a revolving door of people who would join us until we finally got a good band together and a natural feel to our early hour sessions. Recorded a lot of demos and luckily got the attention of The Animal Farm Studios in London where we spent a week working on our studio tan doing these songs in the heat of last summer.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TDO. Today they are Spiritualized for their space rock excellence, Soulwax for their dirty bass frequencies, DJ Shadow for those drums,John Bonham for his drums, Mark Lanegan for that voice & Sam Cooke for his voice. Tomorrow it will probably be the writer A.A Gill for his articulate musings before even getting to the point, Aldous Huxley for getting straight to the point, The sea for letting you harness it’s waves,The sea again for swallowing you whole and letting you know She is the one in charge.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TDO. I think the dream for most musicians is to just make a living and be self sufficient from doing what they do. We also desperately need to record an album of new songs get them on vinyl and tour the shit of them as soon as we can at some festivals. Always wanted to tour Japan too so i’ll chuck that out there !
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TDO. Dan writes the songs and will usually record a few different versions of them, hand them out to the others and jam them within an inch of their lives until they feel right. I’ve got a recurring theme with the majority of songs, which is after the first verse I haven’t got a clue what they are about…. It takes someone else to explain it to me and then I’m like “ahhh of course”. Saying that though this new single “Squeaky Little Disco” has a theme to it. Not sure who it’s written about. Could be Me.Could be my better half.Could be You. Probably a bit of everyone who spent time falling in love with head spins and hanging on to bass bins on a heavy night out…..
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TDO. Promotion especially self promotion is a necessary evil that goes hand in hand with every release or gig. Online is the go-to. I use Twitter as it has a massive online music community and it’s a really good platform to get in touch with other bands and industry insiders.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TDO. It’s a mixed bag no ? Everything is free if you want it. Rip it, stream it or heaven forbid buy it ! Guilty of it myself whilst I’m trying to get a song sold for 99p on iTunes. It’s got to change but unfortunately i can’t see it happening any time soon unless we take it to the streets and shout about it. Viva La Vinyl !
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TDO. I should probably choose something socially conscious like Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” or maybe Sam Cooke’s “A Change is gonna come”. But the Payola of Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way” or Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” would sway me…!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TDO. Rude or Violent people. What the fuck is that about ?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TDO. First time getting played on Radio 1 was a massive moment for me. I remember turning it up opening the front door and going outside telling everyone who passed by that we were on the radio.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TDO. Getting together a live session for BBC Introducing and putting the finishing touches to some new songs whilst spending too long on bass frequencies. Also trying to get together a video for the latest single.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
The last three singles ‘Salt Water”, “Alekhines Gun” & “Squeaky Little Disco” are available to buy on Apple Music,Amazon or stream on Spotify,Soundcloud,Deezer,Soundcloud and all major platforms. Vinyl coming soon so keep us on your Twitter,Insta feeds for updates !
Lovely chatting to you Pete !
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