Call to the Faithful – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CTTF: In the broadest sense you could say we are an alt-rock band, but away from this latest single, which is a slower, more melodic track, a lot of the new stuff we are writing we would consider to be more post-punk. Fierce riffs combined with punchy vocals.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CTTF: Matt, Ethan & Will started practicing together in a Peterborough rehearsal room as early as 2017, just jamming out Royal Blood covers as a way to keep playing music after the latter two’s former band had come to an end. From there we started to grow in confidence, flexing our creative muscles and experimenting writing our own songs. We have had a few different guitarists before it clicked into place with Oscar joining the fold at the second attempt last year.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CTTF: Musically we would say we are influenced by bands like Rage Against The Machine, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes or, more recently, Sleep Token. Away from the music side of things – Damian Keyes is a big influence on how we try to approach the other side to being in a band, the promotion, the social media, the additional content. If you’re in a band and you don’t know about Damian Keyes then I’d recommend checking out his YouTube for some great advice on how to manage your band.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CTTF: Oscar would like to make enough money from this band to open up his own coffee shop / petting zoo. I think for most of us the goal is to just keep doing what we love, writing music and performing to live audiences for as long as people want to come out and see our shows and even when people stop coming they’re going to have to forcibly remove us from the stage.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CTTF: We each contribute to the writing process adding our own individual elements. Often the musical elements come together first and finally Matt will tie the whole thing together with his lyrics and melodies, but we are fortunate that there is so much creativity in this band and we would say that everyone at some point has contributed something outside of their ‘box’. We try to write songs about real subject matters that people can relate to. Our upcoming single ‘Demons’ is a classic example of a song we have written which is about mental health – a topic that we are very passionate about raising awareness for.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CTTF: Mostly social media – we’re very active on a lot of the platforms and try to put out good valuable content for our followers with enough regularity without going overboard. With the current pandemic taking away a lot of our opportunities to play shows or record then we are trying to use this time to put out a lot more video ‘behind-the-scenes’ type content just to help people keep engaged.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CTTF: To be honest it’s all we know – we started doing this when the industry had already shifted so we acknowledge that this is the way it is and it’s super difficult to make any real money from your music as a small independent artist so we have to try and find other ways to keep this band financially viable through merch and live shows.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CTTF: Maybe Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – most people would agree it’s one of the greatest songs of all time and they were not afraid to push the boundaries after being told by their management that they wouldn’t be able to make a commercial success out of a song that long.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CTTF: The semi-circle of empty space at small shows. That’s just one of the things you have to contend with when you’re starting out though. We’ve adopted a technique where we hand out free shots to people in the front row – it’s a great way to bring people in close and they usually stay there and end up being the people who enjoy the show most.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CTTF: The entire body of work we have created around this upcoming single ‘Demons’ is something we are so proud of. It’s been an 18-month journey from writing the song, recording it, thinking up the concept to the music video, shooting the video and then finally having the belief that the time was right to release the whole package into the world. Being able to use this release to help raise awareness and donate proceeds to a mental health charity definitely brings a huge sense of pride.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CTTF: We’re working on our first EP which we had just gotten into the studio and started recording shortly before the coronavirus pandemic so we are super excited to get back in and finish that off once this is all over and hopefully have it out before the end of the year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
CTTF: Our first two singles ‘Ultraviolet Wasteland’ and Sin City are available on all good platforms.
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