Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TLS: I suppose officially I’d be classed as Performer and Songwriter, unofficially? The `Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune’ kind haha I love getting involved in every single part of the process from the instrumentation, to the artwork and then getting to perform it all live.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
TLS: Oh man, brief? Okay, so my music career properly started about 11 years ago, fresh out of college and managed to bag myself a gig in a live and touring band playing bass in the glam scene, was an absolute blast! That took me up and down the UK and Europe, from the sketchiest pubs to some breath-taking stages, so that’s definitely what started it all for me. From then on, I’ve been consistently playing live and recording with some really cool people which has just lead to a wicked roller-coaster of a career!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TLS: That’s definitely a tough one to pin down precisely but 80s Glam and Punk really fuels me, the absurdity, the raw emotion, they definitely knew how to put on a show and have an absolute blast in the process!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TLS: I’d love to properly tour each continent, travelling has always been a great passion of mine but its just great visiting different places and experiencing everyone’s take on the scene and the music you play.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TLS: I have written everything in The Last Siren so far (not that I’m closed for suggestions from the other guys!). This has been my first stab at being the main voice of a band so as a result, it’s very raw, it feels like I’ve opened the flood gate of pent up emotion. It can be anything from stuff I’ve tried burying from my past to things more recent so it gets a little dark, a little angry but I’ve always felt emotionally connected to what I write.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TLS: Any and every way I can, we’re living through a time where things are shifting and changing so I’m always open to trying new things. For the local watering holes, I’m a big fan of physically printing out my own promo then flyering, putting up posters and just generally getting the word out there. I have dabbled in social media promotions etc but I don’t think it’s half as effective (or fun) as having a more social connection to your audience and actually showing people you care enough to be out there.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TLS: Oh I think it’s great, without that accessibility, I think I’d forever be stuck playing the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks haha, there’s just so much cool stuff out there and people’s lives are just so different and busy that I believe music deserves to be as convenient as it is nowadays.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TLS: Livin’ On A Prayer for sure! I mean that song is killer but also who doesn’t want to be slung into the audience on a wire harness while doing it? And I like to think ol Bon is sat on a throne of Cadburys chocolate bars after the ad plug.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TLS: People using my amps as coasters at shows is definitely up there! Apart from that I’m just real big on personal space.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TLS: So I was playing a festival in Germany years back now, felt like a complete fish out of water, it didn’t really feel like we completely fitted in, the language barrier, cultural differences and just sharing the stage with the big leagues! So we were opening this festival and we started with dead silence which then makes your nerves go through the roof. But we started playing, making noise and people started responding, so we got louder, braver and started having some fun and by the end of it the response was just totally humbling! Beer was on tap for the rest of the night and the whole trip out there was massive success, we achieved so much in such a short window of time and have a fair few stories from that festival that I’m still telling to this day haha
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TLS: It’s all on The Last Siren at the moment, looking not just towards our second EP but bulking out our arsenal of live tracks too, we’re finally at a point that I’ve got a solid live band that all I want to do now is get out there and make noise again. Apart from that there’s The Smokin Prophets second album coming round fast so that’ll be more gigs to look forward to for sure.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TLS: The Last Siren’s debut EP ‘Counter Faith’ can be bought as a physical release from the labels store over at shop.criminalrecords.cc
Digital releases including our latest Single ‘Stranded Here Alone’ can be purchased through our bandcamp store at