Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LI: We are by all accounts a chaotic metalcore band, influenced by metalcores 2nd wave and the modern crop of revival bands, with a side of genre blending depending on what story we want to tell & how we want to tell it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LI: The band was started in 2018 by myself (Cameron Wilson) & Jonny Barker (the bassist), we created an EP in my room, & from there we progressed to be a full live band & putting out more & more music, with the current line up being:
Vocals – Cameron Wilson
Guitar – James Whittle
Guitar – Jake Coulson
Bass – Jonny Barker
Drums – Sammy Coker
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LI: Musically, we are influenced by bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Norma Jean, Botch & the more modern metalcore acts such as Knocked Loose, Vein, Jesus Piece & Loathe.
Outside of the music the name that comes to mind is Quintin Tarantino, mainly because when we write we act like we’re directing a scene & then scoring it after the fact, the intensity he builds in his films is always something we aspire to match.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LI: There aren’t exactly any insane dreams or any long term goals as we mostly just make music we enjoy & hope others like it too, but if I had to say something it’d be to tour & travel to places we’ve never been before.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LI: We all write songs in a way & the key writers of a song can change on a song by song basis, the current setup is if we have an idea we start throwing audio files at each other & then we all work to get the project.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LI: A Lot of it was word of mouth, friends telling friends & being involved with our current music scene before the band even started, however as we haven’t really been able to meet up with people or even play shows all of our promotion has gone more towards social media then any other way of promo.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LI: It’s a double edged sword in my opinion, especially if we’re talking about DSP’s (digital streaming platforms), as it’s now alot easier for people to listen to your bands music, however given the structure of the DSP’s, the artists are not getting paid well enough for their music so it’s a blessing for putting us Infront of so many eyes but also we acknowledge the faults the companies have, if I had to give bands some solid advice & it sounds stupid Is set up and bandcamp and promote it, as if you give people who want to support you a platform to do so they will.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LI: For me personally & I can’t really speak on the other guys as we all have quite different music tastes but to throw a weird curveball in there, there was a band called Botch who did a metalcore cover of the song Rock Lobster by the B-52’s & to the this I believe it’s the best metal cover of a traditional rock & pop song, so I’d say it’s either I wish I decided to write the cover, or I wish I wrote the original.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LI: I don’t really have any but if we had to choose one then it’d definitely be unmotivated sound engineers, our best shows have always been with sound guys who are good at their job and as the band have a few music production/sound engineering students involved we know when someone’s not putting in a shift
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LI: I’d say it’d definitely be when we dropped our full length record subdued, we spent a year writing & recording & mixing the project to the point we were all super proud of it & the reception it got in the local manchester scene.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LI: So we’ve just finished up a few song’s for a split record with our friends with worm hero, we’ve got a few cool visuals we’re working on for the songs on our side of the record, all set to drop on the 23rd April.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LI: We’ve got music available on all major DSP’s, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, the lot, & we also have a bandcamp page so people can buy our records.