The Slow Cooked Bears – Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

TSCB: We are an alternative rock three-piece that likes to “flirt” with other styles.


PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.

TSCB: The band as it exists today got together in the second half of 2019. We’d been playing a few live shows around London on the underground scene and learning our craft when Josh joined us on the drums and we upped our game, releasing our debut single April 2020.


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

TSCB: A band we all three seem to really meet on is The Smashing Pumpkins, that wall of sound and the ability to push genre boundaries. I guess it might come across as a generic answer but our last single was called Space Odyssey and if I said Stanley Kubrick is not an influence I’d be a bloody liar.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TSCB: Doing what we are doing – playing music is living the dream, but as for goals, it would have to be playing a major festival and tour around the world!


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

TSCB: After James has formed the main melodies, we all three come together and start hacking and arranging/adding bits till we feel it’s right. Usually, it’s some sort of commentary on our experiences but our next release “The Grand Scheme” we are really having a pop at the ugly side of society and all the things that make that up, including ourselves.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TSCB: Love a good poster! You have to push your social media channels, while they are not that healthy to keep using, they do open a lot of opportunities for bands. Going to other peoples local gigs is probably the best way of organically growing a scene, but alas this year has been hard on live music.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TSCB: It’s a good thing, not a great thing. We Love physical media and always will, but for bands starting out, you can upload your music to Soundcloud and Bandcamp without the great financial burden of creating a physical release and get heard by people all around the world. Even Spotify helps you reach a wider audience. The issue we think is the push towards continuous content creation to feed the algorithm at an unreasonable rate, good art takes time.


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

TSCB: Heroes by David Bowie, the hope that song instils is almost chilling.  


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TSCB: Strangers that walk literally right next to you, it’s even worse since the pandemic this year. That person that brings the guitar to parties (technically we do this but you know what we mean). The current sour hipster coffee trend! (Thanks mate I’ll just go suck on a lemon)


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TSCB: To be honest, this year has been more than tough and not just because of Covid, but as a band, we’ve pulled through and managed to release two songs we are proud of.


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

TSCB: Well at the moment the priority is obviously promoting our single and working on our live show to start next year in earnest but in the background we are always writing music and that first album is ever-present.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TSCB: Our Singles are on all usual streaming platforms but if you want to buy it, get it on Bandcamp.
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Thank you so much for having us Pete!!

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