Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WW: Warrior Within is a Thrash/Speed metal band
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WW: Warrior Within was founded by brothers Taso (guitar) and Toli (bass) Hadoulis and interestingly enough was completed with another set of brothers, Craig (drums) and Scott (vocals) MacIntyre. Craig eventually left for work reasons and has been replaced my Tom, a long term Thrash/Death metal drummer originally from Florida but having moved to Australia a number of years ago in pursuit of a woman that he fell for – it’s always about a girl right?
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WW: Bands like Kreator, Sabbat, Suicidal Tendencies, Death and Exodus are some major musical influences, however we listen to a lot of traditional, NWOBHM, doom and punk so those elements show through here and there in our music.
Non-musical influences, that’s a hard one. It would have to be the natural environment, the state of the world at the moment as well as our personal spiritual beliefs and practices that have an effect and shape us as people that have an influence on our music as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WW: Our dreams and goals as a band is to keep releasing the best music we possibly can. To continue developing a fan base locally and abroad. We would love to tour Europe every year or two as well. This would give us a chance to see international bands we love as well as festivals we have wished to attend for years. We would also be able to visit Greece/Crete which is where our heritage comes from. A great opportunity to get some travelling in while sharing our music with a wider audience.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WW: Tass and Toli write the songs, and then we work them with Scott and Tom who have their own input on their parts.
We write a lot about socio-political, environmental, historical as well as esoteric themes in our lyrics. We aren’t a party Thrash band, our lyrics have more serious themes and like to get people thinking.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WW: We use a combination of social media as well as PR agencies when we have new music releases and videos.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WW: It is a blessing and a curse. As an up and coming band it is a great way to promote your music as well as to discover new bands.
However if we like a band, we will buy their physical albums, on vinyl if it is available. In this time of information overload, there is still nothing better than sitting down in front of a real stereo with an album in your hands and reading the lyrics and looking at the art as you listen to the album. You get a deep and lasting understanding of what the songs are about. Listening to a song for the first time while you are driving a car or doing something else – that’s a great way to ruin the experience we say.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WW: We can’t honestly say there is a song in our genre we wished we had written, our music is our expression and others theirs. Now, if your having a bit of fun, you could say we wish we had written a song like Yesterday by the Beatles, then we would have our bills paid for with constant royalties and we would be able to focus on our band full time – wouldn’t that be nice?
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WW: That’s a hard one. Seeing bands play a gig then leaving before the other bands have played. What’s with that? Are you going home for a nap because you’re tired? We like to mosh right until we play and then some. Have some fun and show respect we say.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WW: We could say recording and getting your music out there. However it would have to be getting a new song tight with the whole band and hearing it in its entirety. The manifestation of something that was inside you made real always gives us goose bumps. Magic stuff.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WW: We are working on a couple more new songs that are ready for recording. These will have videos upon release as well as artwork, so there is a lot involved. We have some re-recording of some existing songs with the new line-up in the pipeline which we are looking forward to.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
WW: Our next gig is the 15th Anniversary of Metal of Honor shows in Brisbane which is our hometown. A massive and potent line-up for this festival which is sure to be a fun night. It is impossible to not see a band that you dig at this festival as the line-up is quite diverse. All shades of metal at this one
Then we play the Metal Alliance festival in Sydney which has a smaller line-up but one that is a bit more focused on pure metal and Thrash. This is in our old hometown from our youth, so it will be awesome to catch up with old friends while seeing bands play live that we have not had the pleasure of doing so yet. Definitely a killer night.
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