We The North – Interview

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


PD: What type of artist are you?

WTN: We are a rock/dirty rock band that play honest, emotion driven music.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

WTN: Started out as a 4 piece covers band after leaving college and eventually moulded into the powerhouse 3 piece we are today! We released an EP ‘Who decides Fate’ a few years ago and have released 2 singles since then while in the pandemic and we are here today preparing for the release of a song we have been sitting on for years!

Ryan joined the band about a year and a half ago and we have really solidified our sound and direction since then.


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

WTN: Musical influences for this group are Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, The Virginmarys. We like distorted guitar hooks but also mix that up with open chord styled riffs as well. So there is the dirty rock element being combined with a sort of classic rock and that is our sound.

Non-music influences are more feelings towards a subject. Josh tend to write about the things in his life he regrets and these songs act like open letter apologies to people. Not all the songs are like that but the ones the cut the deepest probably fall under that category for him.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

WTN: We all just want to do this to a point where is sustains itself. Everyone would love to be the biggest band in the world but and that is definitely an ambition but in all honesty, if we could just play music and not have to worry about bills or how we are going to afford our next food shop etc. We love playing music so that is the aim. Short term goal. World domination is still the long term goal!


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

WTN: Josh writes some of the music and all of the lyrics and Danny does the major of the music, especially more recently now that Ryan is in the band.

The songs do have many different subjects but the theme of writing always tends to be an open apology. Josh tends to write about his guilt and how he used and treated people in his past. It is the sorest thing for him to perform and write about but it makes performing with passion so much easier. This is why we use the tag that we are an honest band. There is nothing held back in what Josh writes about and it is very exposing at times.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

WTN: In any and every way we can think of. Josh makes music videos and artwork as a side, side project so we are lucky to have him on hand to create visuals for these shows but beyond that we use social media, support the local scene app, one to one messages. We do everything in our ability and power to get people down at the front row.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

WTN: We don’t have any issue with it if we are talking about the sense of streaming music. Yeah it is rubbish that the artist gets hardly any money but I believe bands like us would not be able to get anywhere near the exposure just selling CDs. Saying that though, Danny and Ryan mainly listen to vinyl and Josh really only listens to CDs so it is not something we really do too often.


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

WTN: Danny wished he had written Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven. Something absolutely massive that is just not going to ever fade into nothing.

Josh usually finds himself thinking he had come up with a certain part or idea in a song but never a full song.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

WTN: Pet peeves with each other in the band… Don’t really have any. The only we can really come up with is we sometimes don’t respond to each other’s messages in the band chat and will just start another conversation without answering a question someone had asked but we all do it so it is not an individual pet peeve. I am sure we will be together as a 3 piece long enough to find more in the future though. We haven’t been on a tour yet so we will have to see.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

WTN: Danny and Ryan’s moments were similar experiences while younger and both revolve around actually showing off their talent to their friends and family on a stage for the first time and getting that amazing feedback.

Josh’s moment was actually the last gig they did. We have been working so hard for a show that we didn’t know was going ahead. Josh was in hospital up until a day before the gig also and was actually struggling to stand at times when performing BUT the thing that made him proud was a moment in the set were we gave out a load of beer to the people who had bought tickets to come and watch us. The reason this made him proud is because, as a band, we were able to bring together a big group of people to celebrate and drink together to some cracking live music for the first time in over a year. That was a such a good feeling.


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

WTN: We are working on the EP. We are constantly writing now. Danny has put his funds into making sure he can do our demos and it makes getting ideas and songs down so much easier. We can crack out loads of songs and it makes it so much easier for Ryan to learn from as well!
But yeah, EP, trying to jump on a tour with a band. Just doing anything we can to grow in the music scene!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

WTN: We have music available on all streaming platforms. We have a small amount of EPs left and our T-shirts are still up on our socials and band camp. But if you want the proper experience, come down to a show and say hi to us.

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