The Palpitations – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TP: We haven’t quite nailed down a single genre of rock yet, but we’re a four-piece guitar band. People have variously described us as alt-rock, post-punk meets new wave, and melodic grunge.


PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.

TP: Nishant and Tom are both doctors, and worked in the same hospital. They saw a lot of gnarly stuff together and thought about channeling all the negativity into something suitably dark and moody.


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

TP: Musically, we love Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Bambara and loads more. Non-musically, all sorts of art and film has an influence on us. In particular, South Korean horror movies.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TP: To play music in front of an appreciative crowd, even if it’s just a few people.


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

TP: It’s a collaborative process and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it takes years to get from concept to completion for some of our songs. Brett had been toying with Denial for years, then we worked on it as a band, road-testing it, for a few months too. We have songwriting influences ranging from Tool to Radiohead to Jose Gonzalez. Our songwriting dynamic is pretty eclectic so it’s always a fun journey to get it from start to finish.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TP: With great difficulty. None of us have a dad who was in U2, so we’re immediately handicapped.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TP: It’s the best thing ever for fans, and it’s made all grassroots artists terrifically poor, forever.


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

TP: Little Mix – Just A Touch Of Your Love


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TP: Promoters who don’t pay their fair share.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TP: Any time a fan comes up to us after a show to tell us they enjoyed it. It’s always a great privilege.


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

TP: We have three imminent single releases, including Denial (out April 15th), and we’re hoping to complete enough for an album very soon.


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

TP: Everything is free, right here:

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