Interview with Simon (Guitar) with The Metatrons and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
S: Hello! I’m Simon, guitar player with The Metatrons.
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: Well, we’re a guitar pop band, regardless of whichever other label anyone tries to stick on us. We’re a bit noisy sometimes and a bit quieter at other times. But more often than not we’re noisy. So I guess we are a guitar pop band that is more noisy than not.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
S: The band started ten yes TEN years ago. We made our first album (Between Planets) in a shed with our friend Andy when we didn’t even really have a band, just to get something going. Then Steve joined on drums and we played live solidly for about four years until we made our 2nd album (Patterns of Chaos) in an empty office in Hitchin with our friend Gary and then we started to get some more interest at gigs and got to play some really nice shows with some of our musical heroes (Brix, Shonen Knife, The Primitives, Echobelly, The Blockheads, Altered Images and more). Rico joins the band on Bass and we start touring in the UK….fast forward to 2019 and Chapter 22 Records take an interest in the band and we join their label and we start recording our 3rd album (Deconstruction) in a cottage with Gary again and then lockdown hits! So we got to release it later than originally intended but now it’s out and we are back on the road with these new songs and having fun again.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: Someone wiser and smarter than me once said that their influences are “everything they hear and everything they see”. I’d probably just say Batman for both answers.
In seriousness though I like an enormous amount of music, as does everyone else in the band – I’m not sure we could narrow it down to a few people/bands. If you listen to the records you can most likely hear where we’re coming from musically speaking…..
But Batman stands as the non-musical influence.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: You don’t want to hear about the dreams, I promise you – you’d never relax again. But on the “goals” question, everything we do is based around whether or not it sounds like it’d be fun. If it sounds like we’d enjoy it and the audience would enjoy us being there then we usually say yes to doing it. That’s the goal really – to keep having fun and keep putting out good records.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: Me, so they are usually about me haha. Not really.
Usually Polly and I will write a “busk-able” song and then the band get together and kick the crud out of it until it’s something we all like.
They are all about different things in life, I like that you can take a topic and attempt to condense it’s essence into 2/3 minutes and then start on a different topic in the next song. We try and keep the subjects varied.
I think I’m getting angrier as I get older so the next bunch of songs will probably be massive lefty rants.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: We make it interesting with different posters /graphics etc but the “platforms” to promote oneself are the same for everyone – so online, via our nifty little website (www.themetatrons.co.uk) and all the usual social media sites that let us do it for free. I come from a DIY background of making your own posters and flyers and sticking them up, handing out flyers at gigs etc so social media is a total blessing – I can tell anyone who is interested in the band about something awesome we’re doing in 1 minute and I never have to leave the house. It’s better for mother earth as well – less printing / paper and all that.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: Yeah it’s fine, I don’t do it myself as I like to go out and buy the record but I can see why it’s popular / useful. Some of the streaming sites are taking the piss with their revenue shares but we’ve avoided the worst culprits for the release our new album, they don’t need us and we don’t really care about them. Now I’ve said that our album will probably be on s*****y in a few weeks haha.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: Haha If I’d written “Hey Jude” or something similar I’d no doubt have plastered it with fuzzy guitars or something so I doubt it would be the masterpiece it is. I’d have liked to have been in The Velvet Underground is about as much as I can think of in answer to that question…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: Universally I wish people were nicer to each other and more thoughtful of other people’s situations. Selfishly speaking I wish there was more time to eat between soundcheck and our stage time.
Oh, our Steve has an actual “pet” peeve in that his cat Neville did something particularly disgusting last week – I’ll spare you the details, but it turns out that Neville is a special type of evil.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: I’m proud of our band every time we play a good gig, write a song that feels good to play, get a good take in the studio….mostly I’m proud that as friends who love and respect each other we can go out and do all this awesome stuff that we never thought we’d have the chance to do and do it well. That’ll do pig, that’ll do.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: Now that the new album is out I’ve started writing again. So there are a few good new tunes kicking around…
PS: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
S: Ah excellent question my dear fellow, thank you for asking.
All three albums plus things like t-shirts and so on are available from our Bandcamp page
and you can see our daily comings and goings on the Facebook page
and for a really deep dive (if you are feeling brave) then our website has more stuff on it
Thank you for having us on this here interview, it’s been fun!
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