Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
We’re a metal band from Kent in England
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
The band formed in 2014ish following a conversation over Twitter between myself and Andrew (bass) where he invited me to play bass in a band. I told him I can’t play for shit but I could do some shouting, he said great, 4 years later here were are, releasing a new album full of music we couldn’t be prouder about
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musically, everyone in the band has been listening to heavy music for at least 15 years, some of us a lot longer so we take inspiration from pretty much every kind of sub genre you can think of because at some point we’ve listened to it and maybe even loved some of it.
There is a core sound of Allfather which we reach out from based around sludge, hardcore and doom but on the latest album we’ve used inspiration from bands such as Sepultura, Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats and even The Allman Brothers, whatever works for us.
Lyrically other bands are a big influence on us as well but we also take inspiration from other sources. Andrew in particular has taken inspiration from Sophie Scholl, an anti-Nazi activist and part of the White Rose movement in Germany in WW2 and Lucy Parsons, a anarchist, feminist and Labour Organiser. The song Mouth of The Beast from our previous record, Bless The Earth With Fire was based in some part on the play, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Brecht.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
To carry on being able to write the music we love writing, playing some decent shows, with decent bands, maybe a festival appearance or two and hoping our music has the same impact on people that bands we’ve loved over the years have had on us. That maybe one or two of our riffs makes someone want to bang their head or play a little air guitar, that one of lyrics impacts someone enough that they want to shout along with it and maybe a solo brings a little tear to someone’s eye perhaps. That maybe our music makes a little difference to someone, somewhere.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
We write together although Andrew or Al (lead guitar) usually comes up with the first set of riffs and a rough structure, we then jam it through in the studio, seeing what works and what doesn’t, record it on a little digital recorder then take it away and listen to it, see what can be improved then I will start to come up with vocal ideas and bring all that back to the studio and jam some more.
On the new album we have songs about the inequality of Britain in 2018 and the impact Brexit has had and continues to have us, how as a country we seem to be looking to the past with rose tinted glasses rather than looking forward and how we need to continue to fight against that. There are also songs about the impact of trauma and loss has on people and their faith.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
We make the most of social media, in particular Twitter and Facebook, but also Instagram. Rather than use this just for promotion, we try and use these to connect to fans, talk with them, joke with them and promote and discuss music.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
No problem with it, more of a CD man myself but it’s changed the way people consume music. For us as a band, we would find promoting our music a lot more difficult without DLs
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
For those bands that what to make a career it seems increasingly difficult to make a living from music alone. Touring, merchandise and other products are increasingly important in terms of income.
For smaller, independent bands things seem have actually become easier. With platforms such as Bandcamp and the internet in general it easier to give access to your music.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Rookie by BoySetsFire. Because it’s perfect.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
“Every Gojira song played on a chocolate banjo…..you have to hear it” – websites posting that sort of shit.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
Probably playing to more than 200 people at a Metal to the Masses final a couple of years back and coming off stage knowing we could not of done ourselves prouder. We didn’t win but fuck it, it felt good.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Our next show is at Century Aduio Studios in Margate on July 21 then the The Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate on 17 August and you should be there because that is where ALL the riffs will be
Band location – Rochester England
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