Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: We are a five piece Metal band from Cambridge that is themed around ancient civilisations and inter-dimensional energy.
Our goal is to create a dynamic portfolio of music, as well as a new culture within the metal genre.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: Full formed in Cambridge, September 2018. However, our origins do actually go back many years. Harry (Guitar) and I (Danny, Vocals) have been writing music together since we were around 15 years old and have known each other since Nursery (aged 3-4). Until recently, we never actively did anything with the songs we had written, due to educational and job demands. So we thought that we would just take it slow, get our qualifications, earn some money and spend our free time experimenting and developing our sound and song writing skills.
Finding the right people to complete the band took a lot of time. The first person we got on board was Chris, our Bassist. We put an ad on JoinMyBand.com to which he replied, sent us a video of him playing some Lamb of God tracks and the rest is history. Together, we then tried out multiple guitarists and drummers for months and months in a band practice setting, but it never felt right, nothing clicked. However, eventually we managed to find our Drummer, Aaron. Shortly followed by Guitarist, Florian – both also on JoinMyBand.com. All of which are incredible musicians and now good friends.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: Musically we are influenced by bands such as: Gojira, Lamb of God, Tool, Slipknot and Deftones. Non-musically, I would say it’s the theme of the band. So ancient civilisations, such as: the Egyptians and Sumerians etc. Plus inter-dimensional travel and forces.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: Our dream is to one day be up in the ranks with bands such as: Lamb of God and Gojira, playing arenas all around the world. For now though, our goals are to keep releasing singles consistently, build a solid fanbase, get more gigs booked, increase our online presence and just overall get things rolling again. Back in 2019 when we first started playing shows, we had momentum and felt like we were really progressing. When COVID hit, we, along with the rest of the community, got stopped in our tracks. So to get back out there and consistently gigging again is for sure our main goal.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: Instrumentally, it varies. It usually starts with Harry or Florian (guitars) coming up with a riff and then posting it into our group chat. From there, whoever feels like they can contribute will then work with them to create a structure/full song, before sending it back into the group for the entire band to discuss and give comments and feedback.
However, lyrically it is Danny (vocals). The lyrics often stick to a theme of either ancient civilisation mythology/stories or inter-dimensional beings and universal energy/forces.
It’s following the belief that the ancient civilisations were on a different frequency than what we, currently as a “western” society, are on now. We have many distractions and are subjected to persuasion along a certain path that removes us from any sense of connecting ourselves with the universe. Although, people have and always will break away from this “norm”, searching for something more, and I believe it says a lot about us as physical beings. Just by looking back on our ancestors to Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt etc. you begin to see patterns, stories and symbolism that to me, concludes what us, as a society, should re-evaluate. So lyrically, it’s just play on all of that.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: We are on pretty much all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, BandCamp, YouTube and newly TikTok (@akkadianband on all). So for us, we will create a post or a short video promoting the shows on there. We also have our own friends that are fans of us and the genre, or at least interested in showing their support, so we also send them messages to keep them updated too. From there, word of mouth kind of does the work.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: It’s just the digital world now. We understand that you cannot make money selling music anymore – especially at this early stage. So we don’t really focus on that. Of course we could be campaigning and fighting for that right to return, but we believe that fight has passed and we have to look forward for other solutions.
The fact that anybody, anywhere on the globe can listen to our music is incredible. We do not have to rely on it being manufactured, processed and shipped physically to them. It’s just an instant touch of the button – which is awesome.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: Danny: The End by The Doors. Every single time I hear this song, I feel a wave of energy pass through me. The fabric of time and space seems malleable – It’s an incredible feeling.
Harry: Right In Two by Tool. Just a perfect combination of odd grooves and melody with powerful riffs. Love that song.
Florian: Enter Sandman by Metallica. This is such a metal hit, being able to bridge metal into such a catchy song.
Chris: Pisces by Jinjer. The whole composure of the song is magical but mainly the bassline with the melodic tapping and the immense breakdown fast riffing towards the end.
Aaron: As a drummer I wish that I wrote ‘The Art Of Dying’ by Gojira, mainly for that absolutely insane intro. There’s so many intricacies going on and even trying to play that pattern with only your hands seems difficult enough. To then add the kicks over the top requires an inhuman amount of coordination. The rest of the song kicks ass too so for me it would definitely have to be the art of dying.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Danny: Music Related – Pure and obvious plagiarism. Makes me roll my
eyes just thinking about it.
General – People who drive way under the speed limit. Please move.
Harry: Music Related – People sticking to the same music style continuously and not experimenting with new sounds when there’s so much to explore.
General: People who walk slowly.
Florian: Music Related – How people wrap their cables, it’s not the “over under” way, it makes me sick! Haha!
General – In a cupboard if things aren’t sorted by their size or in a way that space is optimised
Chris: Music Related – Bands that bring people to the gig only to see their set and once they are finished they tell them to leave.
General – People that don’t have humour and get annoyed when someone tries to humour them.
Aaron: Music Related – Watching a band that clearly don’t want to be performing. I’m not saying every band needs to go absolutely crazy, but when it’s obvious that they would rather not play at all it makes me think that most other bands would love the chance to play that gig and give it 110%.
General – When someone eats or breathes really loudly (or makes any sort of small obnoxious noises). I can’t describe it too well but it agitates me so much to the point where I have to leave the room that I’m in.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: We have many moments that we are proud of. But I think we can all agree that our sold out headliner show at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, just five months after our debut, opening show there was quite an achievement for us!
It was a great feeling and the room was full of energy and support, which as a performer is the best thing to work with.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: We are taking this quiet time to currently work on fine tuning a bunch of demos and new song ideas. Three of which we will be taking with us to the studio to record between May-July, should all the lockdown restrictions be eased.
Apart from that, we are on the hunt for shows for later in 2021. As well as building up some content to post on social media.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
A: Online we currently have our three singles. They are: Black Sand, Emanation and Agenda. Each song individually showcases our different styles.
You can find them on all major streaming and download platforms. Such as: Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and BandCamp etc. You name it, it’s likely there!