Weal – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
W: We initially tried to express our music through rock/punk interpretive dance, however we soon realised it sounded much better with instruments and without the dancing. So now we make music. We’ve also designed our own merchandise, logos, posters and cover art for previous releases.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
W: Weal formed in 2015, a guitarist and a drummer found their perfect bassist on a musician dating site, quickly started writing songs, playing covers and performing in local open mic nights. Our first official gig wasn’t until February 2016 after we recorded our first demo EP, over the next year we played festivals and gigs around the North of the UK and recorded a second set of demo songs. The band then went on a year-long hiatus before making a comeback in August 2019 with a new single, the break sparked new creativity in each band member and we’ve recorded countless demos of songs over the past few months.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
W: Billy: Jona Lomu (best rugby player in the world) Josh: The man I see in the mirror Chris: Billy’s older brother
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
W: Aspire to always be better, we want our music to be heard world-wide and hope to eventually sell in B&M bargains for 3 quid.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
W: We all write the music, it’s a collective thought process. Every song is different. Our new single Summertime is a nostalgic song about wanting to reconnect with the years gone by.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
W Social media and through word of mouth. We take different approaches every new song has come out.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
W: The best way for people around the world to support your band.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
W: Happy Birthday, world known song. Royalties galore.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
W: Billy: People eating with their mouth open. Chris: Noisey neighbours. Josh: People who ask stupid questions, e.g. What time is it?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
W: Gig-wise it would either be our gig at Manchester Academy, or our headline slot at FAC 251. Song-wise we’re constantly outdoing ourselves with our new material, we love Summertime.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
W: We are currently working on an album, with several single releases. Our newest single being Summertime, we’ve work on every aspect of this release from the song to the photos and recording and editing of the music video.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
W: We have our first two demo EP’s and our singles on the majority of music stores and streaming services. Buying beats streaming if you want to keep this Weal rolling.
iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/summertime-single/1515175687 Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SummertimeWeal/dp/B089595RQB/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=summertime+weal&qid=15915691 24&sr=8-3 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4EZsNSBgwfzmDozi0U4Nl9