Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: Firstly, thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. It’s been nearly 3 years since we last spoke. How have you been?
TVC: We’ve been okay, since we last spoke there’s been Brexit and a pandemic, it’s been a bit mad, but we are trying to keep it all together.
PD: Can you tell us what you have been up to in that time?
TVC: After the first lockdown we moved down to Brighton, thinking everything would open up and we’d be able to play gigs. Instead we got locked down again and got trapped in a flat 3 stories up. We got obsessed with what we called the “three C’s”. Country, Cheese and Crypto. Listening to bro country about trucks whilst eating Alex James’ cheese and investing all our money in doge and shit coins.
PD: Tell us about the recording of your debut album ‘WUSS’. What are the songs about?
TVC: WUSS is named after an essay by Bret Easton Ellis called “Generation Wuss” which criticises the millennial generation. We wanted to take the name WUSS and reappropriate it in an empathetic way towards our generation, the disoriented 20-to-30-year-old trying to find their way in this bizarre new world. In the album we tried to constantly reference older generations because we think millennials are desperately trying to grab bits of the past whilst being dragged kicking and screaming into the future.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How have you been promoting ‘WUSS’?
TVC: I’ve been handing over lots of our money to Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos. They’re pretty rich. You have to pay them. If you want to release music, you have to pay Mark. If you want to have new headphones, pay Jeff. If you want people to hear your music, pay Mark and Jeff. As long as you pay Mark and Jeff, they are happy little boys, and the world keeps turning.
PD: What has been the reaction to the album, how has it been received?
TVC: It’s been received really well! We worked so hard putting together this album, and seeing it finally out there for people ears to listen to is great!
PD: More importantly, where can we get hold of a copy?
TVC: We only have digital copies, things that don’t exist in the physical realm. You have to listen to it beaming down from some cloud in space somewhere and just imagine you are holding it in your big wet hand. We might do a crowdfunded vinyl press, because ever since I was a wee little baby boy, I’ve dreamed about my sweet angel voice chirping out a vinyl player.
PD: I’ve watched the video for the lead single ‘Celebrities’, it looks like you had a lot of fun there. Can you tell us about the shoot and who cleaned up the mess afterwards?
TVC: We wanted it to seem like we are really rich and have loads of money, so we ate lots really quickly and by then end we were really bloated, exhausted and felt really sick. We all cleaned up a bit of it each, together as friends!
PD: Image seems to play a big part with TV Coma, can you tell us about the all-white colour scheme, who came up with that idea?
TVC: I’m not sure who, but we came up with the album title first and for some reason WUSS just really sounded like something slick. So we felt like we all needed to match with the white clothing.
PD: If you had to offer 1 song that would sum up TV Coma to a new listener, which song would you choose and why?
TVC: I would probably say The Baby, I think it’s got a little bit of everything TV COMA in there. It’s got a big fun singalong chorus, but the subject matter is actually very sad.
PD: What are your plans regarding live shows, any coming up?
TVC: We are playing at The Pipeline in Brighton on the 15th of December which will be super fun, we’re playing with an awesome pop punk band called Out Of Reach (who we’ve played with before). We’ve also got The Horn in St. Albans with our very good friends Wiink and The Mighty Orchid King!!
PD: Where do you go from here, what are your plans for 2022?
TVC: I think we’re going to do another season of It’s Time For A Song early next year (where we force ourselves to make a song and music video every week for a few weeks running). Then hopefully release our follow up album soon after!
PD: Any final words of wisdom for our readers??
TVC: When you get there, never get back or forward twice. It’s always on a full moon with us when the dogs bark at you tomorrow. Get over it and wait, just wait until you get ready for the past and the future will come at you in full force in it when you get the time for all the people when you can or will or what happens where you are exactly at this moment now you are in time now.
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