Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BL: We manage to blend modern and retro styles together, with a dark edge. Rock, electro and industrial are the main genres you might pick out. We’ve been called Death electro or ‘like Depeche Mode on meth’ in the past. Playing all our own original material.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BL: We formed in Eastleigh in 2008 and have produced three EPs and two albums since then (album #3 is out this April!) – some at home and others in a studio. We’ve played shows across the UK from Bournemouth to Leeds and have been lucky enough to secure shows across Europe for a few small tours.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BL: We’ve always listened to bands like Nine Inch Nails, Manic Street Preachers, Metallica, and The Cooper Temple Clause, because their music never gets old!
At the moment, we’re all listening to IDLES a lot, not just for their music, but for their determination to make something of themselves. It’s tough for a band to get noticed nowadays.
Other bands we’re currently listening to are Bicep, Viagra Boys, Slift, Clark, Rammstein etc.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BL: We used to have these, but we know better than to have them now. Having dreams and goals just creates stress. We gave up on dreaming of playing Glastonbury, it isn’t going to happen. What we can dream for though, is this 3rd album finally gets released, and each track gets a few thousand streams on Spotify! Having a few venues in the UK allow us to play a show there would be nice too!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BL: Our singer/guitarist Mark writes all of the lyrics and the music is sometimes done by him, or sometimes thrashed out in a rehearsal room somewhere.
Lyrics secondary to use after the music. A lot of our previous work was about relationships and being depressed, but for the new stuff its more an angry rant about things that piss Mark off.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BL: We use PR companies for EP and album releases, and make Zuckerberg a bit richer to promote our shows online. We’ve also poster-ed towns ahead of shows in the past!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BL: Kazaa and uTorrent are a thing of the past. The ability to play any song you like, on-demand by using your voice is unbelievable. Something will replace it in a few years, though.
If people want to download our music though illegally, we’re all for it, you’ve got a thumbs up from us. All that we ask, is once you’ve got a dodgy copy…..send it to all your friends and family….alive or dead!
The demise of the record store is a shame though. You used to have to make an effort to listen to music. You’d hear about a band, and to listen to them, you’d have to visit a shop. In that time in-between, an anticipation would build. Then when you get to the shop, you’d grab the CD and look at the artwork. I miss that massively; it gave music a huge value. Now its gone, its sadly probably why bands have a harder struggle to get anywhere nowadays.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BL: Smashing Pumpkins – Fuck You (An Ode to No One): Just because it kicks ass, great drums, it would be great to tear out live!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BL: Bad drivers, double standards, and people that eat with their mouths open.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BL: We’ve played a few bigger gigs in Europe compared to what we do in the UK, but there’s nothing like headlining your local venue, playing to your friends and family – seeing them having a great night and talking to them after the show about the new tracks we played etc.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BL: We’ve just finished our third album, which is out on 30 April. We decided to save some money this time and record, mix and master the whole thing at home. The first single is a 3.5-minute crescendo, out on 26 Feb.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BL: All our albums are available to stream across all the common places:
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