Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PM. We’re a four-piece alternative rock band, performing introspective anthemic music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PM. We met at university in Liverpool back in 2012 when we were randomly put in a study group together and instantly hit it off. Weirdly, it wasn’t until we’d all gone our separate ways that we decided to get together as a band, if anything just as an excuse to hang out more. Since then we’ve centred ourselves around London and have built a really nice following in the city. We always go back to Liverpool to record and have released three singles. Our fourth, Bridges, is out on May 6th.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PM. As a songwriter, I’ve always looked to Bruce Springsteen for inspiration. He’s just an amazing storyteller who has taught me that music is made in its specificity. As a band, I’d say we’re stylistically inspired by Nothing But Thieves, Gang Of Youths and The Amazons. They’re examples of bands who can go hard but aren’t afraid to embrace a pop aesthetic at times. Outside of music, I generally find myself gravitating towards passionate people. Even if they’re passionate about something I know nothing about, I tend to find other people’s enthusiasm contagious.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PM. When we left university, we celebrated by going to the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. It was a great experience for us and was the first European festival that we’d been to. Years later, we’re all in a band, and I think we’re all agreed that our ultimate dream would be to play Rock Werchter at some point. Not only is it one of my favourite events, it would feel like everything has come full circle.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PM. The songwriting process tends to start with me and an acoustic guitar. Before The New Nostalgia, I was performing as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter so I borrow a lot of my process from that experience. When inspiration strikes, I try to get down a couple of melodies and key lyrics to anchor the song. Then I record a rough demo and we kick it about with the band until it becomes a track that we can all get behind. Our songs generally fall into one of two camps, sad and reflective or angry and political. That contrast is something we’re hoping to play with on our debut album.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PM. I fluctuate between social networks, but I think The New Nostalgia has really found our home on Twitter. The independent music scene on the platform is so welcoming and we’re lucky to have fans on there who help get our music out to the masses.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PM. I’m a huge fan of the Bandcamp platform and I think has genuinely done an amazing job at keeping music downloads alive in a way that can be monetized. It’s a very nice thing to run alongside the usual streaming sites where most people come across our music. Variety is key, so some combination of streaming, download and physical is probably the way to go.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PM. There’s a song on Jeff Rosenstock’s 2020 album NO DREAM called “Old Crap”. I remember that track coming on for the first time when I was listening to the album on the train and I started chuckling to myself, thinking “man, this is perfect”. I wish it was a New Nostalgia song and it would sound brilliant in a Yorkshire accent!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PM. A real annoyance lately has been the lack of diversity on major festival line-ups in the UK. I think when your organising a large scale event with big financial backing, equal representation should be priority area of focus. I know that the festivals that I enjoy going to the most benefit from having a variety of different artists from different backgrounds. It’s no fun seeing the same usual suspects over and over again. The most interesting new rock music is largely coming from women at the moment anyway so give them a platform. A handful of artists isn’t enough.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PM. Recently, our track Millennial Love made the finals of the International Songwriting Competition for Best Rock and Best Unsigned. The finals are being judged by artists including Tom Waits, Coldplay, Dua Lipa and members of Linkin Park and just to have our track heard by them is mindblowing. We found out in the midst of lockdown and it was a really great moment for us.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PM. We have a new single, “Bridges”, which is out everywhere on May 6th. It’s an anthemic riff driven track about feeling like your life is stalling. Then on May 28th, we’re releasing a socially distant session that called “Convoulted Fantasies” on YouTube. We have shows coming up in September and October, and we’re working towards our debut album which we hope to release at the start of next year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
PM. You can find all of our stuff at http://thenewnostalgia.bandcamp.com. You can also find us @newnostalgiauk across all social networks.
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