Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
E: We’re an alt rock band based in London.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
E: We formed as “Emergency” this year, releasing our first single at the beginning of March. However, we all played together in a cover band at university, so have lots of experience playing live together. We’re looking forward to playing our own stuff live this year when things open up again.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
E: We are heavily influenced by Nothing But Thieves, Muse, Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We like to think this is reflected in our own sound, which tends to centre around energetic, catchy melodies and big riffs.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
E: Wembley, baby.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
E: Jake is the singer, guitarist and songwriter. Our new single, “Another Hit”, centres around social media culture and Jake’s conflicting attitudes towards it.
It’s basically about me lamenting both the vanity of people online, but also my own inability to stop consuming it. Even though I’m highly critical about the people I follow, I keep clicking on it and encouraging them to keep posting. So it’s my fault as well as theirs, really.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
E: Obviously we’ve not had many shows to promote recently…for obvious reasons. We have tried to find ways of plugging the band offline, rather than relying solely on social media and the internet. We printed 1000 stickers with our logo and a QR code to all our socials and music and went round London giving them to people. These have proved very effective!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
E: If it’s free, then we’re very against it. Royalties from the primary music consumption platform of today’s music economy, streaming, are already extremely low. Musicians have had to rely on these revenues over the last year in the absence of live music, and for most independent artists, it simply isn’t enough. Music is a product that should be payed for just like anything else you would buy in a shop.
If you’re paying for it…have at it!!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
E: I actually have an entire playlist dedicated to this very topic. It’s very eclectic, ranging from Elton John and ABBA to Muse and Royal Blood. I think Knights of Cydonia is just the most anthemic song ever written. I can’t imagine what it must be like to play that live to thousands of people.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
E: Jamie, our bassist.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
E: Releasing our first single! This was something we’d wanted to do for several years, but life simply got in the way. Lockdown and the pandemic acted as an opportunity in that sense. While the world was on hold, the excuses not to do it ran out pretty quickly. It was difficult due to the restrictions, but it turned out great and we are so proud of it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
E: New music! We have albums of songs ready to record, and we want to just release as much new music as we can over the next few months.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
E: Our singles “Blame” and “Another Hit” are available on all major streaming and download platforms.