The Downcast – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TD: We’re a rock band! We’ve been classified as modern pop-punk, and that’s just fine by us.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TD: We got our start with a shitty demo and a dream. That turned itself into the release of our debut EP in 2018, two singles in 2019, and our sophomore EP due this year!


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

TD: Each one of us has some musical influences that are unique to the individual and not shared by the rest of the band. I’ll throw Arthur (bass) under the bus here and tell you that he’s a big fan of 80s hair metal. Yeah, no one else sees the appeal but we hang out with him nonetheless.

We all share a passion for the early pop punk of our formative years. Blink, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41.

We also love a lot of modern bands like Four Year Strong. Their guitar player Alan produced our first EP and we’re currently working with him again for our second!


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TD: We just want to write and perform great music to people who want to hear it! As far as we can take that, we will.


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

TD: I write the lyrics. We collaborate as a band on the music. We have a lot of songs about love, heartbreak, and anxiety. Usually our lyrical content is pretty pessimistic, but that’s what we jive with. The world is not a boulevard of green lights.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

Really, just social media. We try our best and would like to get better, but self promotion is not our strong suit. We’ve been gaining traction in the last year and word-of-mouth has been great promotion for us.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TD: I don’t think it’s all that relevant anymore. It seems like 90% of people use a paid streaming service. If the odd person were to download one of our songs for free, we likely wouldn’t miss the $0.000000001 of streaming revenue.


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

TD: Just What I Needed – The Cars

There are so many we wish we’d written but this one is just great.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TD: When people shit talk Fred Durst. He’s a pillar of our modern music culture. Go f*ck yourself.

Hit us up, Fred.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TD: My personal favourite was playing our CD release show in support of our debut EP. It was the first time we saw so many people in the crowd singing along and realized that we’ve done something properly.


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

TD: Our sophomore EP! We’re super excited about this one. The first single is coming out early February. Check it out!


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

TD: All the major streaming services.

We did a small batch of physical CDs but have since sold out. We have shirts though, hit us up on Facebook or Instagram!

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