The New Twentys – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TNT: We are an independent artist who write, record and produce everything ourselves in-house.  We love that no idea is off the table and anyone can throw things at the wall to see if it sticks no matter what instrument it’s on. We are all songwriters and we love that there are always ideas floating around. 


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TNT: Two of us are brothers, Harry and Jimmy, we met Chris through the London scene.  Chris then invited us round for a writing session and we instantly all clicked.  We then went to Bestival and really got to know each other before heading onto Cornwall for a writing trip.  On this trip the first track we wrote and recorded was ‘Inside Out’ which birthed the whole sound of what was to come.  Six weeks later we thought it might be a good idea to go home for Christmas with a load of tracks to show for it.  We soon realised we were all equally invested in the music we were making and decided to call it a band.


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

TNT: We all grew up loving pop punk, bands like Green Day, Blink-182, The Offspring etc and then as we got older we moved on to acts like Prince, Bowie, Talking Heads and The Cure as well as staying up to date with current stuff.  Anything and everything with a catchy melody!  We take a lot of inspiration from movies/series we watch and then get carried away with our own conversations and ideas and end up storylining things which may or may not have happened and turn them into songs.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TNT: To be the biggest band on the planet and still be around playing shows at seventy and not be a fad that comes and goes.  Or if we are a fad, hopefully we will have made bucket loads of money to see us through before we fade away into obscurity. But at least then we would be able to live normal lives with abnormal amounts of financial freedom. Fuck! I think we have just talked ourselves into becoming a fad band.  


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

TNT: We have a great team of writers from Scandinavia who are incredible!  They send us the chords and lyrics and then we work our magic on it.  Jokes!! We all chip in and do our bit.  Most of the time we are all in a room writing together but equally sometimes one of us will bring a song to the table and then we all craft it and put our little touches on it. A lot of them are about dramatised and exaggerated personal stories, and a lot of them are made up scenarios inspired by TV shows and crazy podcasts and shit we listen to. 


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TNT: At the moment all we have been able to do is send countless emails and messages out to anyone and everyone who is willing to read them.  Unfortunately this little matter of a year long pandemic has been in the way, so we haven’t been able to play any shows and have only been able to promote ourselves online.  We are itching to get out and play shows and can’t wait to meet everyone who has been listening to our music!  


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TNT: It has it’s pros and cons.  It has made music a lot more accessible to a lot more people but there is also soooooo much music out there that it’s very easy to get lost in the noise. Since The Beatles were doing their thing, the world’s population has more than doubled, and it is so much easier to reach everyone. The more people listening to your music, the more of a warm glowy feeling you get, but when you think that all these people are listening to your music for free, the more disheartened you get. It’s all very up and down and we are definitely part of the problem ourselves so no high horse is ferrying us around.  


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

TNT: ‘All This Love’ by The Similou because you can’t feel sad when it is on… we’ve tried. 


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TNT: People who write what phone they own in their instagram bio as though that says something about themselves… actually it does say something about themselves but probably not what they intended. People who have no concept of time. People who say ‘your hearts in the right place’ but really you can tell they are trying to say ‘the rest of you isn’t’. People who say ‘no offense’ before they say something clearly intended to offend. People who start stories really excitedly and then decide ‘oh no I can’t say that actually’. 


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TNT: Having people that have written hits and worked with big musicians tell us that they like what we are doing. Maybe that’s the feeling employees get when they can tell their boss is happy with their work. 


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

TNT: We are working on a music video for this single ‘I Can’t Afford Her’ which we can’t wait to finish!  We always have a song or ten on the go too, so tidying up some loose ends on those and getting them ready for mixing.  We are also rehearsing for a few potential festivals that may or may not happen this summer (covid dependent) but we really hope they do!


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

TNT: We have 3 tracks out at the moment with our 4th single ‘I Can’t Afford Her’ dropping on April 9th.  Our music is available on every digital streaming platform and can be bought from amazon music, itunes etc etc we also have some merch available at 

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