Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TF: Very loud ones haha. Nah in all seriousness, probably the best way to describe it is just indie/rock, inspired by bands like IDLES, Arctic monkeys and Fontaines DC
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TF: We all met during restrictions in lockdown where we were allowed to meet up and practice. Ethan posted on a Facebook group looking for a drummer, whom then Quint got in touch with Ethan. Quint asked if Josh wanted to join the band, all the while Bal was looking start a new band and Quint asked him to be lead guitarist. We’d often cover songs, write and practice our tunes in the garage until later on down the line Ceth joined the band after Ethan switched to doing vocals only. He was like the missing piece to The Fiends and added a new dynamic to our band’s chemistry.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TF: Well like we said, our musical influences are bands like the Arctic monkeys, Idles & Fontaines DC but outside of music, we’re kinda inspired by our own experiences from where we live, like Ethan writes a lot of the lyrics that are based on the things that inspire him. We’ve seen our home town Swansea kinda grow into this façade that it’s a modern city, when really, it’s still a pretty shitty city at heart and there’s something about that we like to write about. We keep it real.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TF: Our dream as a band is just to be able to play music all the time but we’d love to play something big like Glastonbury or reading in the future that would be a dream
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TF: Ethan our singer usually writes the lyrics to our songs and he says that they are like a social commentary on life and the things that inspire him around him, usually things he sees in person like the geezers around Swansea that inspires him to write a song (like this latest single was inspired by the kinds of people you’d see on a night out who find drinking liberating as they can use it as a means to act up and take no blame)
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TF: We usually do all of our promotion through social media but recently word of mouth has been helping with pushing us a lot as we always go to local venues even if we aren’t playing so it just shows, act decent and people will start to care.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TF: I mean, it is what it is at the end of the day. There’s not much we can do to change it now unless a load of big artists decided to make that change but I will say as a listener it’s extremely useful to have all of the songs there at the tips of your fingers so I can’t see it changing any time soon
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TF: This answer always changes so right now I think we wish we wrote either ‘I Love You’ or ‘Jackie Down The Line’ by Fontaines DC. They’re both such class tunes, like we’re always playing it in our practice room. Both songs have such amazing lyrics and the way the bass and drums drive the songs, is something we put into our own material. The vibes from the guitars hits a note with us, especially as Bal loves messing with weird chords and sound effects. We love them like a penny loves a pocket of a priest.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TF: We absolutely hate it when people try to talk down to us, especially in the local music scene. When someone comes up all matey and tries to act better than you when you know for a fact everyone’s in the same boat. Can’t stand the type of people who as soon as you come off stage “yeah it was alright but I would have done it like…” boils our blood.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TF: Right now, it’s honestly hard to choose one. One of our proudest moments would be getting to support peter hook and the light. I mean that was a fan contest and we were in competition with every other band in South Wales and we came out on top. That’s massive for us.
Another moment I loved for the band was recording our earlier songs. Before we went into the studio, they were an absolute mess but we just thought “fuck it well finish it in the studio” and as much of a pure panic it was thinking that we wouldn’t get anything done we walked away with 3 tracks and one of them is our most streamed song right now on Spotify “Glitz and Glamour”
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TF: Right now, we’re just working on getting a whole lot tighter. We’ve been building a bit of a practice room for ourselves in the last few weeks so that we don’t have to rent out spaces all the time to practice but now we are getting close to finishing it we are spending a lot of time down there so it’s already paying off and our songs are already sounding a lot tighter live.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TF: We have a few songs online and probably by the time anyone is reading this there will be a brand-new track “Why’s it so liberating?” And they can be all found on our artist page on Spotify and Apple music “The Fiends”