Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
W: We’re 3 left-handed musicians playing right-handed instruments who formed a band without coordinating this fact.
And more to the point – we’re Warp, we play a combination of Stoner, Doom, Proto-Metal and Psychedelia.
We write heavy and catchy riffs and we sing our hearts out about despair and Fascism (which we oppose, naturally).
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
W: We’re all based in Tel Aviv and have known each other for many years, growing up together in Israel’s small-but-tight Punk scene.
All of us have been playing in bands and making music since we can remember ourselves, playing a variety of genres and actively participating in the DIY scene – setting up shows, cooperating with other local bands, hosting bands from abroad, touring Europe for several times with some of our bands etc.
Making music Is huge part of our lives.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
W: Personally, I’m mostly inspired by music which is authentic and honest. Energy means a whole lot to me than musicianship. Rock and Roll is my biggest passion and I’m always inspired by bands who could create something which could be perceived as lively and uncontrollable.
This is why we all got into Punk Rock at an early age – we were looking for a substance in the music we were listening to. We’re trying to incorporate this substance into our own material, writing about both existential and political topics. Coming from Israel, the social-political climate is an eternal burden which we’re aiming to address.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
W: My aspirations are to keep creating and recording music on my own terms.
Israel’s alternative scene is too small and there isn’t a way to make a living out of music, so all of us chose a certain career path which makes playing in a band our second act of the day.
We want to enjoy the things we play and we certainly want others to listen and enjoy. We want to tour and travel wherever, meet and connect with new people that might dig what we do.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
W: Getting our music pressed on vinyl, both on our debut record and our upcoming LP. We have to thank Nasoni Records for that.
Also playing big events, so far as openers but it did get us some exposure to new crowds, both locally and abroad.
Every time someone sees us live and then getting our record- that’s a proud moment for me.
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 is that going?
W: The competition is immense and it seems like even though getting exposed to new music is the easiest it has been in history, there’s been somewhat of an inflation, since getting your music out there turned up to be so easy and approachable.
But like I mentioned, we’re all employed and make a decent living. We believe those who need to hear our stuff will get there and we still believe in good music being discovered this way or another.
Bedrooms and home studios are great news for me, making hard-working artists pay less and being able to create their art on their own terms. If it’s good or not is irrelevant, the production itself is the greatest fulfilment for an artist who’ve worked super hard to produce his/her own music.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
W: So far, we did everything on our own, both locally and abroad. We booked our European tour (pre-covid) on our own and it was a blast. We would surely be interested in working with an agency, but only one who gets what we’re about.
Currently we’re back from a long hiatus, given our drummer, Mor, was living in the Netherlands in the past year. We’re focused on rehearsing the songs and getting back in shape.
Once the album is out, we’ll announce some local shows and hopefully build another European tour.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
W: I’m all for downloading music, as long as you’re supporting the artists that you do like.
We can’t deny the era we’re living in; getting access to any type of music is within a press of a button. This is how I got exposed to 90% of the stuff I like. But I also own a load of records of bands I really like and chose to support by getting their physical albums.
Spotify is great as long as you’re the listener. I have no real grudge against it, but the fact they’re paying very low rates for artist is a problem. Artists are not respected anymore since music became so approachable.
I could play a gig and get paid nothing while the guy who does the sound engineering will definitely get paid way more than me. Spotify is not the problem, it’s a cultural problem.
In Tel Aviv there are only a handful of musical venues an independent band can still perform at. Not sure of the reason, could be the COVID era, but it’s getting really hard to get out there. Certainly, bringing some new crowds.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W: I wish we would have written anything out of Blood Lust by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. This thing is a masterpiece – the songwriting, the execution, the production – simply perfect. A modern classic.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Not sure if my problem is the music industry since I don’t consider myself a part of that game.
If I could, I would take the monetary element out of it. Especially from the influencers. If a band is good – write about them. Lift them up. If I could I would cancel all this shitty “pay to play” mentality in some of the musical scenes.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
W: Mainly getting the new record out there, practicing the song to get us ready to go back and play, and start thinking about some new material to write about.
We’re all playing in some other bands in parallel and all of us have a lot going on –
I play in an instrumental Surf/Garage/Psychedelic band named The Orions and in a Hardcore Punk band named Jarada, both have new records coming up.
Sefi plays for a post-punk band named Princip, also just about to release a vinyl version of their debut record.
Mor is playing in a Heavy Metal band named Vessel and an Atmospheric Metal band named Mokujin, both are currently releasing new material – so there’s a lot on our plate, just the way we like it given we’re always hungry.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
W: You can find us at any streaming platform available. But better than all –
Where you could purchase everything directly from us.
Don’t hesitate to drop us a line and say hi!
“Bound by Gravity” is out on February 1st.