WORN OUT – Interview

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

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Brian Bowell (Bass) : We’re 4 guys that enjoy experimenting with loud noises and seeing where it takes us. We also have an energetic live set.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

BB: We all come from different backgrounds – noone in the band is from the same town or city – but we have all been in heavy bands before. Some of our previous bands were much more radio friendly, but we have also been in instrumental post-rock & mathcore bands, so we’re quite varied in our experiences. We formed in 2017 as we all felt we had ideas that we wanted to hear and play live.


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?

BB: I think all of us have been driven to write music since we realised it was a possibility. If we weren’t in a band we would still be creating music somehow, and also getting involved in the scene however we can; whether it’s promoting/ running shows, sound engineering or just helping to move gear. I think that’s one thing that all of us share.

As far as influences go, they vary. All of us have different tastes, which can make finishing a song slower as we can hear different outcomes we want from the writing process. Once we agree on something, we know it’s right. If an influence is more obvious to us after finishing a song, we normally look for something else from the next song so that things feel fresh for us. In that way I think we’re all each others’ main influences, as I might come up with a melody or Evan, our drummer, might pull a rhythm from his style that we wouldn’t have thought of collectively. The themes mostly come from Xander, our singer’s, lyrics.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

BB: Just to see how far this goes. We work hard but know not to expect anything from this. We love playing shows with bands we respect and getting out of our comfort zone, seeing new places. Each time we finish a song there’s (usually) a sense of accomplishment too that’s hard to beat. Everything else is a bonus.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

BB: For me, it’s each new song release. I try not to look back too much though, it’s best to work on the next song. Alex, our guitarist, was in some sick bands in the past so I’m sure each of us would have a different response to that question.


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?

BB: There’s no simple fix for that which we’re aware of. The only solution we’ve found is to put in the hard yards when writing and practicing, and make sure noone – the band, crowd or barstaff – leaves one of our gigs without a sweaty face.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

BB: Our drummer Evan handles a lot of that side of the band, sending emails and handling bookings. He also runs his own promotions company called Dead Cult. We also have a few promoters around the country that treat us very well & let us know of any interesting slots coming up.

We have a short Irish tour coming up at the end of October with our mates Below the Neck & Lure In coming over from the UK. Both awesome bands, you should check them out. We’ll be kicking off with a hometown show in Cork on the 28th, followed by Dublin & then wrapping up at the Siege of Limerick on October 30th. You can find our dates on all the usual socials.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

BB: I think it’s just how things are now. Spotify is obviously exploitative, and the abundance of choice means that people have a lower attention span or might just play that one single rather than hearing it in context on an album or EP.

We can’t change it so we just work with things as they are, not how we want them to be. We want people to check us out & share our music. Issues like this are why it’s so important to go to gigs, support your local scene & buy merch if you can afford it though.


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

BB: The next one. We just want to stay moving forward. Personally, my answer will change from minute to minute but I’d take the royalty payments for Purple Rain if I could. Or Botch – Transitions from Persona to Object. It’s 5/ 6 minutes of being heavy while doing whatever they want.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

BB: Plenty I’d change, but I think the clue’s in the name – music industry.

The part that makes it work is the people that care and work to keep their local scenes going; Making posters, doing tickets at the door, dragging heavy gear around, even just showing up early for the support bands. Companies don’t make things, people do.


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

BB: We’re getting ready to release our new single Bridgeburner, which is out on October 7th on all the main streaming platforms. It features guest vocals from Justin Paul Hill (Sikth). We’re fairly DIY in our approach so it involves a lot of emails and behind-the-scenes work.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

BB: You’ll find us on all of the usual social media places – Facebook & Instagram mainly. Our music’s also on Bndcamp, Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music & the places you’d expect.

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