The Roster – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TR: We’re an indie band that fuses different styles. Our tunes vary from chill piano to heavy rock and everything in between, we just make stuff we think sounds good rather than sticking to one formula.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TR: We’ve all been mates and went to the same school for the entirety of secondary school, in sixth form we formed the band and started making original music from the get-go. Since then we’ve recorded 2 EPs and 3 singles, with our most recent EP out on June 1st. We’ve done plenty of gigs locally and are expanding to other cities now we have more time, money and can drive.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TR: Each member has different influences, from Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Oasis, Tom Misch, The Libertines, The Stone Roses and Mac Demarco.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TR: Our dream is to be the biggest band in the world and create a new era for music. Short term we’re looking to play as many gigs and festivals as possible and build a bigger audience.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TR: Our singer usually writes the lyrics and sometimes the instrumentals but most of the time the music is made by the rest of the band. We like to keep our lyrics open to interpretation – sometimes they’re based off experience but often the lyrics just come naturally.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TR: We use our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (All @therosterband) and post videos of gigs to our YouTube too. Now we have more time we’ve been emailing more promoters to try push our new EP to new audiences.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TR: If it’s done legally, this is a great way to share music and we’re lucky that we live in an age where we can reach so many people online.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TR: Live Forever – it’s a legendary tune that everyone knows the words to, plus it has a filthy guitar solo.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TR: We think there are a lot of artists and bands on the charts that don’t live up to the musicians of the past- we want to see an iconic era made by a new band.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TR: Headlining The Venue in Derby with a packed crowd that were absolutely mental. Having your songs sung back to you and seeing moshpits from on stage is class.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TR: ‘Masquerade’ is our latest single differing from our usual style, more stripped back and chilled out and it’s our 2nd single to come out so far in 2021. We’ve got 2 more tunes lined up, each boasting a unique style.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TR: You can find our music on any major streaming platforms like, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud etc and keep informed via our social media.