The Trend – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TT: The Trend are a Post Punk Powerpop Band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TT: I’m the lead vocalist and one of the five songwriters in The Trend.
We formed in 1978 and are true pioneers of the Post Punk era. In 1979 after creating a buzz around Manchester we decided to put out our own 7 inch single, “Teenage Crush”, which made number 20 on the indie charts and got rave reviews including Record of the week in Record Mirror. This soon attracted the Major Record Companies and National Radio Stations. We signed a Worldwide record deal with Universal Music on their MCA label and began touring all over Great Britain. After 4 singles and a couple of major tours we disbanded with the members going off to do their various new musical projects.
In 2016 I was contacted by a major promoter who wanted to put a gig on with his two favourite bands from that era, The Trend and The Salford Jets.
After much discussion and persuasion we decide to do it and absolutely loved it, so much so we decided to put a retrospective album out. This was closely followed by inclusion on a compilation by Cherry Red Records called Harmony in my Head ( The best of New Wave 77/81) featuring Buzzcocks, Squeeze, Costello and obviously The Trend. By late 2018 our new material was emerging and we released our EP And One And One Makes Three and we have just released our latest album.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TT: In music The Trend are influenced by many of the greats. Lennon and McCartney, Costello, The Jam and a host of others. We have always had a very eclectic taste in music and I think that comes across on our new Album Bella Vega. All music in my opinion should be listened to and analysed because even in the most basic of pop songs there are things to be learnt.
Non musically on a personal level is My Mum, still my best mate.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TT: To keep writing and creating new music. I don’t think as an Artist you can ever stop that creative process. Once you been bitten by the bug that is Rock n Roll that’s it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TT: We are very lucky in that we have set up our own 24 track studio where we record and our Producer John Woodruff just happens to be our drummer, who mixes everything at his own 24 track.
Consequently the tracks have taken on a different feel to our Post Punk vibe back in the day. We feel however that the tracks still have that edge which we were known for, namely our insanely catchy choruses and trademark four-part harmonies.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TT: We go about our promotion like everyone these days, bombarding social media and doing interviews like this. I also do lots of Radio interviews. The usual stuff just done in our particular way.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TT: It’s the way things are done these days. In some respects its great that people from all over the World are accessing your material. The Trend get feedback from USA, Canada, Europe and Australia regularly, and indeed get many plays on the Independent stations. It would be nice if the dosh was a bit better.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TT: The list would be endless. I love all music and can see redeeming properties in even the most basic of songs. I’ll go for A Day In The Life by The Beatles. Still ground-breaking and astonishing to listen to.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TT: I really don’t have any gripes any more. It is what it is and you just get on and create the music. If people like it that’s great, if they don’t I’m really not arsed.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TT: Easily the very first play on Radio 1. Back in ‘79 I was at a friend’s house listening to Mike Read who did the 8 till 10 slot before John Peel. My first single came on and I was shaking with excitement.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TT: We are currently working on a follow up to Bella Vega our latest album. We are also working on a new video.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TT: Our new album Bella Vega is available on all of the digital platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and all the rest of them. Our back catalogue is also available and some of our old vinyl can be purchased via discogs and others. Indeed, our first single Teenage Crush goes regularly for around the £50 mark. It’s become quite sought after.