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Coilguns Interview


Coilguns Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD – What type of artist are you?

Jona Nido – We’re a 4 piece guitar based band playing loud rock music.

 

PD – Tell us the brief history of yourself.

Jona Nido – We started the band in the purpose of playing fast and simple music back in 2011. After we recorded a first ep withtout any intention of being a band we got offered to play some shows. Quickly we started being very busy and within 3 years we released 4 ep’s and one full length « Commuters ». It was released early 2013 through Pelagic Records and our own label Hummus Records. We also toured a lot throughout Europe.

 

PD – Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Jona Nido – As a band we’re not looking up to anything or anyone really. Though we are sensitive to empathy and genuine art in every possible form.

 

PD – What are your dreams and goals?

Jona Nido – I always wanted to play in a touring rock band and now I do. Could not ask for more. Anything that has happened since we formed the band is only straight up bonus to what we expected.

 

PD – Who writes your songs, what are they about?

Louis Jucker – I write the lyrics, we discuss them, I try to make sure everyone in the band is aware of the content of a song. A well placed word is powerful fuel for a muscular drum beat. Also on a personal level if I slaughter my throat screaming things they better make sense to me. Talking about making sense, I am more and more conscious that my brain is a weird one. It produces dark and paranoid visions of our direct and distant surrounding. I use them as a starting base for our songs. It’s always mainly about us, who we want to be, what part we want to take in this strange, messy and überglobalized human world.

we begin to follow you – in the dark – at the end of everything – where the flat earth stops to be – our home

 

PD – How do you promote your band and shows?

Jona Nido – Through our own label channels, social medias, posters and word of mouth for local shows and PR agencies on different territories for tours and album releases.

 

PD – What do you think about downloading music online?

Jona Nido – Downloading music online has been there since I started playing music in the early 2000’s. I think no matter if you like it or not, it is there and for those crying about it, they just did not adapt to the century we’re living in. I love records and we do put a lot of care in the artwork and packaging. But you have to understand not everyone can afford it and some people just don’t give a shit about physical products. Yet they still might come to your show and buy a shirt. I think the consumption of digital goods has a lot improved recently and people can also support the bands by streaming/downloading music through legal platforms even if this is not making so much income for the bands. The best way still is to support the artists directly, very often through their bandcamp. Our whole catalog is free to download (name your price), our label’s one as well. That way, people wanting to download will go on our page, give us their e-mail adress and be exposed to other great unknown bands and artists rather than downloading anonymously on a sketchy russian website.

 

PD – What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

Jona Nido – That’s a very wide topic. To be concise I’ll say that the « record industry » as most people mean it has never had a big impact on DIY bands like us. Even bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan have been relying more on live shows income than record sales ever since they started 20 years go. Until we start selling few thousands of records I don’t even think we can be considered as part of this « industry ».

 

PD – What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Jona Nido – The reason you wished you had written a song is mainly because it’s good – in a way that it touches you -, because it reminds you of certain – perhaps intense – times in your life and also because some of them are anthem of your or other generations. As far as I’m concerned and to give you a wide range of songs, I personally would have loved to be the writer for the following tracks:

– Darkest Hour – Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation

– Oasis – Live Forever

– Chelsea Wolfe – Flatlands

– Silverchair – Emotion Sickness

– Marilyn Manson – Lunchbox, Great Big White World

and probably a dozen other ones

 

PD – What are some of your pet peeves?

Jona Nido – Customer services of any sort, proselytism, radicalism, fuckin’ relish sauce, 98% of post rock bands and that stupid water shit bird called swans, . I fuckin hate swans. They’re always acting like they’re so fucking tough and cool. Fuck them.

 

PD = What is your proudest moment in music?

Jona Nido – Not sure if proud is the right term, but one of the most intense moment I’ve been through was the whole process of writing « Millennials » in a house in the middle of nowhere back in January 2016 until its release this Friday. These last two years have been amazing professionally but also and mainly on a human level within the band and with the people surrounding us. So much energy and so much love. I could not be more grateful right now.

May I add that headlining The Underworld in London is quite something to be proud of.

 

PD – Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

Jona Nido – We are currently on a 3 weeks run through Europe and the UK. We are playing extremely loud, the music is actually so chaotic and intense that it ends up being pretty unpleasant to listen to so I would not recommend you to come, unless you’re ready to throw yourself out there and fight your way through it with us. Then we can have a drink and talk about how cold it is where we live.

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