Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: Rock and Roll at heart, a grunge/post punk//indie cross in terms of musical output and vibe. Broadly early 90s in feel but with some classic and more current influences too. Sonically speaking, an entanglement of noise and melody that comes together as a sculpted wail of single coils, dissonance and harmony!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: Formed by Londoner Harry and Puerto Rican Reyson, Alterpodes began life as an online collaboration during the early days of lockdown in 2020, with a mission to join the musical dots between David Bowie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Beatles and The Pixies. We’re still looking forward to playing our first show having been rehearsing impatiently these last months! Our first single is due out this Friday 19/05!
Harry’s a Brazilian born, London bred musician. He’s been part of the local music scene for a few years now both as a singer and as a guitarist, performing solo and in bands. Reyson is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to London to pursue music having studied Fine Art in San Francisco. Slightly more recent addition Robinson on drums (and sometimes bass) is also from Brazil and now living in London – all this geographical alignment has happened quite accidentally but we are all the happier for it!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
The Beatles, The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Blur, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Blood Red Shoes, Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo, Autolux, Crocodiles, Pixies, Royal Blood, Demob Happy, Wolf Alice, Drenge, Beach Riot, Cold Cave, Gliss, DIIV, The History of Apple Pie, A Place To Bury Strangers, YAK, Cage the Elephant, Pond
Harry: Friends with unusual perspectives, for better or worse, Technophiles, Mormons, Hippies, Mods, Anarchists, Socialists, Scientists, and above all other musicians (not necessarily in terms of their music but in terms of their mindset and attitudes). Well known writers, poets, actors and film-makers. To name a few: Shelley (Mary and Percy), Hemingway, Woolf, JRR Tolkein, Edward Hopper, Karl Popper, George Lucas, Philip K. Dick, James Dean, Steve McQueen. Past band mates, politicians and leaders (Boris, Trump, Bolsonaro et al – generally I find more the ones I dislike and disagree with) and probably most of all parents(!), their parents, their parents.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: Reach as many people as possible. Tour North and South America including Brazil and Puerto Rico. Play shows for friends we haven’t had a chance to see for ages. Have a number one album!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: Harry and Reyson for the most part. Harry does the lyrics and melody and writes a range of material, the songs used to be more story or character driven but now I’m trying to be more open to different forms of inspiration – I’ve taken to trying to base songs off of series or films I have an emotional connection to for example. It helps focus the writing to make it feel coherent. If I can play the song over a trailer and feel like it makes sense then I’d know I’ve a better chance of having done ok. So they tend to be about an emotional journey, either mine or someone else’s. I’ll keep it vague so it can be relatable to different situations and not too literal. Most recently about confronting inner demons; being ostracised by a community and then finding your feet again; dealing with lockdown to name a few.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: Through our instagram and facebook accounts mainly. We are also on twitter. I’d like to say good old fashioned word of mouth too!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: It’s convenient from a consumer viewpoint but I personally find it devalues the music to have such a wide choice so readily available. It tends not to sound as good as vinyl or tape and there is something irreplaceable about going to the shop and coming away holding a physical product (cliched but true for me at least). There’s a danger the nature of our relationship with music can be undermined through the way we consume it. It literally retrains us to think about it differently, potentially more as a commodity rather than an art form depending upon how it is presented and used. Also having music downloadable/streamable drives the price down and makes it harder for artists to make a living, which in turn affects their output. It’s very easy for someone to put together something passable now out of loops etc and make it available to the masses. There is an ongoing struggle between curation and sheer noise – does imagination and artistry get lost in the process? Other than that it’s great 🙂
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: Wonderful Christmastime – the royalties would certainly make each christmas a bit more wonderful and every jingling intro would bring a smile to my face. Or Happy Birthday! Then I could write music happily for the rest of my days and not worry about the bills!
In terms of songs I really like that have meant something to me, maybe a Beatles song – I couldn’t choose which though there are too many!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
A: General bad manners and entitled or obnoxious people. A good one is the people that expect you to move out of their way when walking down the street and then don’t acknowledge you. People that don’t seem to care at all about anything or anyone but themselves. I try not to have pet peeves because I’m too good at feeling resentful and it’s not worth spoiling your mood over!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: Unexpectedly hearing a song I co-wrote on a livestream thousands were tuned in to.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: More – the next singles. Getting a liveshow together! The masterplan!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
A: You can pre-save our upcoming double single (due out this Friday May 21/05/2021) , Retro Psycho, here:
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Band/Artist location – London UK
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