Council – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
C: In our hearts I think we are a Rock band with a big appreciation for melody. But by today’s standards, we are an Alternative or Alt-Pop band. I think you could also say we are an artist that writes what they have lived and not interested in jumping in with trends as we more want to write music that stands the test of time.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
C: We were farmers in Upstate NY and taught ourselves how to play and write music. We played locally to migrant workers on the farm and eventually decided we wanted to try to “make it” and moved to NYC. From there we were able to record our first EP and released it ourselves. We had a lot of luck in the streaming world and with syncs and that has led us to the present. Where we do All killer no filler music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
C: We were influenced by the artists our dad played for us as kids. Artists like U2, Queen, The Who, Meat Loaf, Neil Diamond etc.. We did a deep dive into his elaborate record and 45 collection and were able to find melodies that we carry with us to this day. Non-musical influences, family aside, would be people that pursue excellence or stand for something. I think people who have passion and inspire like athletes or activists or writers or actors etc are always on our list of inspiration.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
C: We want to be the biggest band in the world! Goals range from big things like Grammy’s to level headed ones like making a living doing something you love. It really depends on the day and if we were drinking.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
C: We all actually do write. For sure, we can say Andy leads the charge lyrically with Pat and Doug both contributing as well. Pat usually starts most songs with and without Doug and then the song is handed over to Andy to have him help format and develop it lyrically. The songs are about our lives. We right about what we have experienced and what we hope to achieve. We write about things getting better after your world has been fucked up and you’ve been knocked down. We right about rising up to life’s challenges.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
C: We promote the band and shows on all the normal social networks. We also have an amazing Council family that some might call our fans. It’s called “ Council Worldwide” and the people on their spread our shows and music and band to everyone they know. They are truly amazing and the reason we have been getting more known. If you any of your readers want a close knit group of people that will welcome you like family please head over to Council Worldwide on FB and IG, you won’t be disappointed.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
C: I think it’s been a great thing for up and coming artists. In the past only the fortunate artists could have their music distributed to the world now it’s so accessible and inexpensive anyone can. I think it’s great and we’d love to see the rates that songwriters get paid go up. That is the downside to the current model.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
C: Two choices immediately come to mind. Baba O’Riley by The Who and Where The Streets Have No Name by U2. Both of these songs are masterpieces and are staples of any arena or stadium in need of pump of music. If we wrote these I think we’d probably retire after because it’s not getting any better.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
C: Between each other I would say open mouth chewing, laziness in getting a snack for everyone at night and never taking control to pick out a good tv show. In general, I would say rude people and people that have no ambition.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
C: It would have to be having our song Rust to Gold being used on the Opening night of the Winter Olympics. It’s something that we thought we missed out on and didn’t expect. It was a honor to have something we wrote in our bedroom be played for the world to hear.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
C: Well we just released our 3rd single of our EP called “Get Numb.” The 4th single and title track to the EP will be coming out in the beginning of August. We are working hard on a couple of new songs called Faded Purple White Trash Royal and It Ain’t What It Used To Be. We also just did our own version of the song “Wonderwall” by Oasis and that will be released in a couple of weeks.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
C: We have 4 songs from our original EP and the 3 new songs: Born Ready, Savages and Get Numb as well as a cover of Come together available on all streaming platforms. You can purchase all these songs on iTunes and any of the new songs on our website www.councilband.com. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be interviewed and take part in the famous 12 questions.
Pat Doug Andy
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