Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: Psychedelic Rock
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: Well my name’s Matthew Awbery, I’m a musician from Cheshire, I’ve started this project during lockdown because I love listening to Psych stuff, I’m in another band called The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name that do sad rock stuff. But as far as Allees, I’ve written an albums worth of songs through lockdown in this style and thought I might have a stab at putting it out there and hopefully I can start to enter the live music world with it when things are back to normal!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: Anton Newcombe from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, I admire his work rate and independence, people that push boundaries, like Thom Yorke, a lot of post rock artists, Mark E.Smith was a real genius, people that just make things happen no matter what I guess, that’s kind of what this is all about, I have plans with my band but that’s all frozen till all this bullshit is over, but this is a chance for me to express another side of who I am and the music I like, I’m not tied to my band, and neither are my band, when we play together its jgreat ust but I love psychedelic rock music too, people who are productive and have a self belief in just being able to do stuff, too many people set barriers in front of themselves and very quickly decide who they are and I find that boring.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: To always be able to keep creating records, in many different forms and with different people, I want to be secure and have a family and see a lot of the world, but I’m 25, I want to be able to use music to do that, I mean look at Joe Talbot from Idles, he’s 36 and Idles are the most exciting band at the moment, not that that is what I want I just would like to be able to make the most of my time with music when we can play shows again and travel with the people I want to be around.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: Me, this being a lockdown project I’ve taken all the reigns. I don’t really write songs about stuff anymore I just get inspired by moments without even realising till I’ve written something, my allees stuff is all about repetition musically. My other band are about to record a pretty harrowing concept e.p but this stuff I just view as more up in the sky and I’m just letting myself go with what comes out and whether I think it’s good, I’ll use it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: Well with this I’m just plugging it to radio and using PR to get some press recognition, my other band are in talks with labels and management, but we’ve been playing weekend runs across the country for a while, my goal with this is to keep recording and releasing whilst trying to form a band and if I get a good bunch then we’ll do the same, tour, sell merch, hopefully expand on and be able to keep making art, that’s always the goal.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: I mean you’ve just got to embrace it really, since starting this I’ve been using the internet to find more music like the music I’m writing and there’s just so many great artists and bands out there, I download music off bandcamp off smaller acts and I buy a cd every once in a while.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: The Crescent Ship by Bad Liquor Pond, man that’s such a catchy song, if you haven’t given it a listen do so, such a shame I’ve gotten into them since they broke up
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
A: Vanity culture, it’s just so dumb, but anyway that’s just me
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: I’ve been lucky to play with some established bands including some that gave me ideas to start some of my other projects, but you know I just am proud of making music I enjoy I just like doing it so, you know with this I’m just really taking a shot in the dark
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: Well with this I’m going to keep recording and releasing music whilst I have the means, and I’m going to get in talks with some people about maybe playing these songs live and hopefully that snowballs. My other band are in talks with labels and in discussion with them about some European shows and we’re going to release an e.p summer ish this year, I’d like to do an album with this project though for sure I have the songs already.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
A: My first single allees is on all major streaming platforms, you can buy it on I tunes and all that stuff if you’re that way inclined.